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By Francois Huysamen It was with much fanfare that Echo 4×4 launched the latest addition to their range, aptly named the Kunene. Echo 4×4 owner Willie Grobler says the Kunene was designed to be the ideal off-road caravan for every adventure, providing a practical camping experience without compromising comfort. The Kunene is the biggest caravan in Echo’s stable, measuring 6 015mm (L) x 2 000mm (W) and 2 225mm (H). This allows for a spacious interior, with an extra-length bed on a fold-down over the nose (the front tent comes with extra headroom and large ventilated windows), as well as

By Francois Huysamen Arguably one of the most talked-about new caravans to be launched this year is the Okapi by Nayela. This is the first leisure caravan to be built by Nayela, who are actually a manufacturer of multi-purpose trailvans for horses, quadbikes, motorcycles, etc. The Okapi is an innovative design from top to bottom, front to back. The first aspects you’ll notice on this new caravan is the aerodynamic nose, the double axle, the lift-up roof, and the high departure angle at the back. These interesting designs are continued on the luxurious interior, where the front area consists of

By Francois Huysamen Conqueror were one of the most anticipated new caravan launches of the Caravan Camp & Destination Show, and they did not disappoint. The off-road caravan manufacturer unveiled FOUR units in their new Urban Escape Vehicle (UEV) range. The UEVs are built for going off-road with independent D-arms with coil springs and double shock absorbers. All have slide-out bedrooms, pop-top roofs, and outside kitchens. These units are prototypes, and we can expect a few changes and modifications before the final versions are released. UEV-13 The smallest in the new range is the 2-berth UEV-13 pop-top. Entrance to the

Stealth Caravans revealed their first unit in October 2018. The Evolution XR6 (or EVO XR6 for short) is an upmarket 3-berth pop-top on-road caravan priced at under R300 000. Caravan & Outdoor Life has had a couple of good looks at the EVO XR6, including being at the first reveal at the official press launch, as well as at dealers and shows. But now we finally had a unit to take on the road for a few days to get a real feel for it. EXTERIOR Hitching up and heading out, I immediately noted the width of the EVO XR6

By Francois Huysamen In June this year, Okto Caravans unveiled their Villa prototype and asked caravanners and industry leaders for feedback. Four and a half months later they have finished any changes, upgrades and improvements to their first model and are ready to provide the South African caravan market with the exciting new product. Caravan & Outdoor Life have been writing about the Okto since May 2018, when we gave readers a sneak peek at the locally-manufactured caravan. Since then, as we kept reporting on the progress of the build and finally the launch of the prototype, our articles in

South Africa’s newest caravan manufacturers, Okto Caravans, have revealed their first prototype. I attended the official launch of the Villa model at Loftus Caravan City in Randburg, Gauteng, as the representative of Caravan & Outdoor Life. By Francois Huysamen As soon as I arrived at the dealership, the excitement that had been building since the morning when I boarded a flight from Cape Town (and for months before, since the Okto team informed us of their plans to build a new caravan), grew even more. The dealership was decked out in the bold colours of Okto – big red and

By Richard van Ryneveld Sometimes I’m tempted to send a message to everyone in my phone’s contact list, and that message would be: “I’m hitting the road, folks! Only contact me by WhatsApp and SMS from today onward, as I might not have signal where I’m going!” Well, that certainly would be the message if you hit the road with a Kavango like I did. This tough-as-teak, go-anywhere, luxury off-road caravan from the Echo 4×4 stable in Pretoria, has one dreaming of visiting exciting destinations. Not only is it strong enough for Van Zyl’s Pass in the Kaokoveld, it’s also

Jannie Oeschger started building his Bush Lapa off-road caravans way back in 2010, and since then more than 1 200 units have rolled off the factory floor.

This is without a doubt one of the most comfortable, well-finished off-road caravans on the market. Every element of this caravan reflects people who camp themselves. I have always been impressed with the work coming out of the Infanta factory in Buffelsjagsrivier, near Swellendam. Picking up the Enkulu 2 for this trip was no exception. My first impression was “wow”! The van is finished in a silver gunmetal grey with the black aluminium doors, large BF Goodrich tyres and aluminium rims, all of which is sure to draw attention wherever you go. It was dark when I pulled into my

A new era has Dawned at Sensation Caravans. Excuse the pun… Dawn is the name of the latest model from the prestigious caravan manufacturer. Caravan & Outdoor Life already gave you a sneak peek of the fifth model from Sensation in out December 2017 issue, and as the caravan is now launched at the start of the new year, we bring you some more details. The new unit is smaller than the popular Anee and Mia and even smaller than the Vee. It is the same size and weight as the pop-up Ava that was released early in 2017. The

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