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Browsing: August 2018

These articles featured in the August 2018 magazine. You can browse the articles for the month below or order a back copy by clicking this link.


When Nissan launched the Navara about a decade ago, we liked it so much that we voted it as our Bakkie of the Year. It had style, was well put together and a pleasure to drive. This new model is interesting, too. Double cab bakkies have become bigger and bigger, and perhaps more truck-like and sophisticated than ever before. While they remain a combination of boyish, easy on the eye styling with good levels of interior comfort, they remain largely capable of taking an additional half-ton load in the shortened load bay. As a result, the suspensions tend to be…

The Sani Pass is a bucket-list trip for many travellers in South Africa. The famous pass lies in the no-man’s-land between South Africa and Lesotho, close to the KwaZulu-Natal town of Himeville.    The view from the top of the pass never gets old. Nor does the feeling of accomplishment as you look at the gravel road snaking its way up the valley below – the same uneven, rocky road you’ve just conquered. Protea 4×4 Adventures has been offering tours to Sani Pass for almost 10 years, and we believe that one has to visit it in summer and winter to…

The Nature’s Rest caravan and camping resort is one of the most picturesque I’ve ever seen. It is positioned on the banks of the Zamnyama River which meanders its way through the rolling hills of the Eastern Cape, and you’ll find peace and relaxation under the dappled shade of large trees with lush green grass underfoot. The only sounds will be the chatter of weavers and the splash of fish as they jump out of the water. Keep an eye out for the pair of pied kingfishers that hunt right next to the scenic campsite. You can spend the day…

I have to say, when I was told I was getting a single cab Chinese bakkie for my trip to Pilanesberg, I was a little skeptical. But my doubts went out the window as I drove from the airport to go the pick up my Echo Kavango caravan in Pretoria. The Vigus hummed along at 120 km/h with no wind noise to disturb my reverie. I liked the aerodynamic clean lines of the bakkie – it could have been any product coming out of Japan. It didn’t take me long to find out that the diesel Vigus I was driving…

“You can get out of the bush, but the bush can’t get out of you!” The best decision we ever made was to become members of ATKV. For us, as campers, we get everything that our hearts desire. As I was sitting in ATKV Eiland Spa, I had a sudden urge to write about the lush trees and picture-perfect mountains, the neat camping sites and the friendly staff. My dream had finally become a reality, as for years I had wanted to park my home on wheels at this resort. During the busy month, the resort is packed to the…

“Ah, I find you here,” said the beaming gentleman. “I was keeping your spot for you near the sea there; but now I see you like this one, rather.” His name was Collins, and when we hadn’t pitched up at Site 20 (lovely sea view) that had been kindly set aside for us as we were arriving late — sites are not normally reserved at Yellow Sands — he came looking for us. Unbeknownst to him, when we’d got there earlier we’d found a truck with no driver parked on it, and with the sun setting fast, we’d opted to…

The name of the company says it all: Custom Campers. Every vehicle that rolls out of Fred Oosthuizen’s factory in Meyerton is one of a kind. Each hand-built after numerous consultations and cups of coffee with his client. I have shared the story and pictures of factory, now I need to share the story of one of Fred’s clients, Giel and Antjie Nel from Pretoria. Fred and Antjie live in one of those lovely upmarket complexes that are dotted around the bushveld bedecked stone koppies of Pretoria north. I popped in for a chat and to take pictures of their…

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…

Words & pictures by RICHARD VAN RYNEVELD One doesn’t have to hit the road for weeks on end and travel thousands of kilometres to enjoy a real bushveld break-away. In a beautiful country like South Africa, there are spectacular destinations just a few hours’ drive from any major city. I flew from Cape Town to O.R. Tambo in Johannesburg, where a JMC Vigus 4×4 single cab bakkie was awaiting me – my tow horse for the next week. My first stop from the airport was the Echo 4×4 factory in Pretoria to pick up a 4-sleeper Kavango off-road caravan. With…

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