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Loftus Caravan City has begun importing sleek, sophisticated Swift caravans from the UK, bringing a premium European brand to the South African market. Swift is the largest manufacturer of recreational vehicles in Europe… but why did Woody Loftus decide to take the leap? Caravan & Outdoor Life spoke with him to find out. “We want to give South Africa some new and fresh designs, and move away from wood in body construction.” With the Swift brand, the Loftus team saw a vehicle that would blow the local market away. They are currently importing two models (a single and double axle

Looking at catering to what they believe are trend changes in the traditional caravan market, Aloe has released two new products: The Excelsa off-road caravan, and the light Peri Peri which can be legally towed with a B license. PERI PERI The Peri Peri is made of aluminium, as all Aloe caravans, and has a tare of only 580 kg, making it easy for young and old to move around on campsites. Alan Keyzer from Aloe Caravans says: “For me it is important to promote the Peri Peri to the holders of B licenses so they know they can legally

You’ve seen it on the cover of The Great Outdoors Guide 2018, and now finally we got a taste of Maxmo in real life. The man behind Maxmo, Leon Ras, says: “We are creating a new class of vehicle, something between a RV and SUV… a recreational crossover. Almost all of our parts are imported, and the interior customization is done to international standards.” Maxmo campervans will come in a range of at least four models, classified in three segments: full-size campers, multi-purpose campers, and mini campers. Built on a variety of bases including Fiat and Mercedes-Benz, the Maxmo will

Marius Ras, who took the industry by storm a few years ago with his Mobi Lodge, has again turned heads with the launch of his Mobi X, an adventure trailer with a twist… you can sleep inside! Just like it’s big brother the trailer is of the highest quality, and built on a heavy duty chassis of 4mm galvanised steel, with the same suspension and 16″ mags with All Terrain tyres as the Mobi Lodge. Marius tells Caravan & Outdoor Life: “Our target market with the Mobi X is hard core 4×4 guys, people with lighter tow vehicles, and families

A fire has ripped through Midlands Campworld & Safari Centre in Pietermaritsburg, leaving little to nothing of the establishment behind. According to the Maritzburg Sun, the cause of the fire remains unknown, although the severity can be pinned down to exploding gas bottles and other flammable equipment stored at the Campworld branch.   The fire has since been contained by emergency personnel, and the company has begun the long and arduous process of assessing the damage. According to Caravan & Outdoor Life staffer Brian Jefferies, owner Don Lund plans to rebuild his business as soon as possible, despite losing most of his stock.

One of South Africa’s biggest manufacturers of off-road caravans, Bush Lapa, has opened a brand-new showroom where you can view their impressive range. The new showroom, which officially opened at the start of February, is situated on the R101 between Paarl and Klapmuts in the Western Cape, less than 15km from the factory. Most of the Bush Lapa range is permanently on show, and if you like what you see, you can order on the spot and put down your deposit. There is more than enough space to set up a caravan on the grass outside the property, and the

Loftus Caravan City has obtained the import and distribution rights for Swift Caravans, the UK’s largest manufacturer of touring Caravans, Motorhomes and Holiday Homes. The first two units – a single-axle Atlantic model and a double-axle Coastline – arrived in South Africa in mid-February, with one heading to Durban, and the other to Loftus in Randburg, Gauteng. Although both models come standard with a payload of just over 200kg, Woody Loftus told Caravan & Outdoor Life that they are upgrading the caravans to give local owners a bigger payload. Swift caravans are built to the highest European specifications and trends,

After winning the Great Outdoors Guide’s Caravan of the Year award for their Companion off-roader, the team over at Conqueror are setting their sights on the road caravan market. Caravan veteran Clive Cox, formerly from Jurgens Ci, has been appointed as the company’s new Development and Design Manager. Conqueror co-founder Philip de Vries says: “Clive Cox and his design team have joined us. “[We] will now also set the benchmark in road caravan manufacturing, as [we] have done in the off-road industry for the last 25 years. “There will definitely be new surprises coming during 2018!”

Just four months after launching a brand new Gypsey Lite, Jurgens has revealed a pop-top version of the little caravan. The Gyspey Lite was reintroduced in the last quarter of 2017, five years after production on the model stopped. The latest model has a Tare of just 590kg, and with a GVM of 750kg and fitted with run-in brakes, it can be towed by almost any vehicle on the market (Tare over 750kg). The low GVM also allows anyone with a regular B license to legally tow the caravan. The roof on the newly-revealed model does not pop up completely

Loftus Caravan City is now also stocking Bush Lapa caravans. This exciting move comes shortly after South Africa’s biggest caravan dealer also brought the Sensation brand to their showroom. Woody Loftus told Caravan & Outdoor Life: “We have been appointed as the official Bush Lapa dealer for Johannesburg.  We received our first three Bush Lapas in December, and they were sold in less than a week!” Loftus Caravans now stock an incredible range of on- and off-road caravans, including Jurgens, Gypsey, Sprite, Jurgens Safari, Sensation and Bush Lapa, as well as their own custom light-weight caravan, the Loftus Cub. Visit

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