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I’m sure you’ve seen plenty about the Jurgens Safari Xcape in this magazine. They’d be included in articles ranging from travel adventures to innovative DIY projects. This little off-roader really is a looker. And now, it’s even more handsome, thanks to a rugged facelift. Actually, the latest changes are not just on the outside, as there are quite a few modifications on the inside as well. Words & Pictures by Richard van Ryneveld I got to tow the Jurgens Safari XCape Facelift 2016 for a short trip up to the Ganzekraal Coastal Resort. From my campsite, it was literally 50

The caravan industry has been buzzing with the news of the new range of Jurgens Ci models that were revealed last month. Words & Pictures by Richard van Ryneveld But, while Caravan & Outdoor Life has been bringing you every scrap of information available, from pictures to inside information and even the first look at the newly-designed interiors, these models are all still just prototypes, and nobody can say when they will actually be on the market. Meanwhile, the brand new Jurgens Exclusive Deluxe was launched earlier this year, and it is actually available for purchase. We took it out

Longer, wider, higher and with increased payload – the brand new Jurgens Ci range of caravans has set the market abuzz since its launch in November 2016. It has been 14 years since market-leader Jurgens has launched a model revamp, and caravan lovers are waiting anxiously to get a look at the new range, reportedly set to launch in February. By Godfrey Castle & Francois Huysamen And, judging by the reaction from our website and Facebook page, the interest in the new designs is as intense as it is widespread. At the time of going to press last month, information

I ‘borrowed’ Frik Oosthuizen’s own prototype Maximi off-road caravan for a five-day trip up to Dinokeng Game Reserve and the Premier Game Farm near Cullinan. The Maximi, a luxury off road caravan, is the dream child of Frik Oosthuizen, a mechanical engineer. Frik was busy on a phone call in his office when I arrived. Like a paparazzi hound, I took a good look around his neat factory in Wonderboom, Pretoria. I also took a look at a Maximi under construction standing on the floor. The first thing that I noted was the strength of the caravan body or ‘box’

Kennis Caravans & Motorhomes, now incorporating Safari Centre West Rand, have developed an exciting new caravan product to supplement the “rough-road” sector of the Jurgens Ci product range. Using the existing Sprite Sprint and Swing models, the team at Kennis developed the unique adventure products proudly known as the BacTrax. The range comes in five versions: Two versions of the Sprite Sprint BacTrax, and three versions of the Sprite Swing BacTrax. Words & images by Richard Van Ryneveld Kennis Caravan and Motorhomes owner Allan Vos says: ‘We have identified the need for crossover touring caravans, but with the luxury of

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

The manufacturers of the Sherpa range of small, tough, fibreglass caravans launched their Rambler model late last year. The Sherpa range, with its motto of “carrying loads lightly”, is the dream child of Neville de Meillon. Neville and his team initially started out with the Sherpa Tiny, weighing in at only 560kg, and followed it with the Tiny Rough Roader that was only 20 kilograms heavier. Both variants of the Tiny proved very popular. Easily manoeuvrable, and able to be towed without an EB license by any car on the road, the interesting little van quickly had a big following.

Maximi means ‘greatest’ in Latin. Well, it’s definitely the greatest venture that engineer Frik Oosthuizen has tackled so far. Words & Images Richard Van Ryneveld Frik spent two years on his dream: a luxury 4×4 caravan. The Maximi is designed for towing on dirt roads, so has an incredibly strong steel frame – which also eliminates the risk of wood rot. Another big plus is the fact that the Maximi fits through a standard garage door. I enjoyed the light, airy, homelike interior of the caravan. Added to that was the tons of cupboard space. It felt like a home,

During my years at Caravan and Outdoor Life, I have taken a Jurgens Penta on a couple of extended trips, so I was intrigued when I was asked to pick up an interesting new concept from Kempton Caravans in Edenvale. It’s called the Jurgens Penta KC. If you’re wondering, KC stands for ‘Kitchen Conversion.’ Words Richard Van Ryneveld Kempton Caravans manager, Clive van der Vyver, took me on a one-on-one with the Penta KC. At first it looked like the standard Penta that I had taken on previous trips, but the moment Clive opened the door, I realised that this

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