Caravan Review: Custom Kalahari/Sprite


The Kalahari is built on the Sprite Swing caravan, with its popular island-bed layout. The modifications are all done in Loftus’ workshops in Randburg.

Words & Images Richard Van Ryneveld

With all its upgrades, the Kalahari takes the standard Sprite to another level. What the design team has done is create a really capable dirtroad caravan.

They have done this by adding a 1600kg axle with large 15” wheels shod with BF Goodrich tyres, larger wheel arch boxes, a heavy-duty finish on the corner pieces, a protective front travel blanket, a special pressure vent in the roof to prevent dust entry, stronger cupboard hinges, window stone-protectors, an extra multi–plug, a carrying rack on the A-frame, checker-plate finishing, a solid back window, and, finally, strong bush bars protecting the underside of the caravan.

I found the Kalahari easy to tow and equally easy to set up. I liked the ease of fitting the stove and washing-up facilities on the outside of the caravan. The stove unit and the light aluminium frame for the washup unit fit neatly under the island bed.

All in all, I think the Kalahari is a well-thought-out caravan that will prove popular with both old and young.

Loftus Caravans has a large range of second-hand caravans and trailers. They also have a well-equipped Campworld shop.

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