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What a weird year we have just been through! Activities curtailed, lockdowns, you name it! But at least the Wildebeest Extreme 4×4 Club down in the Western Cape ended their year on a high note – a Lockdown Challenge of note took place on 5 December 2020 at the well-known Zone 7 Speedspot out in the Cape Farms, just off the N7 highway. With only being able to take part in a few events before the year crashed, the boys were raring to get out and play with their toys and Zone provided the perfect venue with its lumps and

Looking for some outdoor adventure for the family, not too far from Johannesburg or Pretoria? Then Sandturion is the place to be, situated on Sesmuilspruit Road, Sunderland Ridge Industrial Park, Centurion. Sandturion offers the ultimate, extreme, off road and enduro family adventure and will be hosting its opening celebration from 7 – 8 November 2020. Doors open at 10h00 and admission is free for the opening weekend only. The launch will showcase a number of well-known off-road cars, motorbikes and motocross brands including Jeep, Thunder Leds, East Rand 4X4, VW, KTM, LandRover, Wear Wolf, Trinity Petroleum, Acrotek, Rock Crawler, Wrap

Bitter rivals Land Rover and Jeep head to Honingklip, in the Cape, for a showdown. There can only be one winner… The argument as to whether Jeep or Land Rover is the better vehicle can be traced back to the early 1950s when the Land Rover Series 1 emerged as a British interpretation of the WW2 Willys Jeep. Both brands are iconic in their own right and today each of the marques produces some of the most high-tech and capable 4x4s on the market. But which nameplate produces the most capable vehicles? It’s the kind of question that can only

Named Trouvaille or ‘A lucky find’, the Western Cape 4×4 & Difflock Club’s highly anticipated ‘Mystery Rally’ again surprised with more action than ever before. Story & pictures Andrew Middleton The 2019 Mystery Rally event was bigger, longer and even better than ever. This year’s fifth running of the event attracted 47 entries for a grand tour of the Cape’s most spectacular scenic spots, 4×4 challenges, and epic campsites. As per usual, the guys from the Western Cape 4×4 & Difflock Club pulled off a stunning event spread over four days in September, including about 600km of driving, two camp

Join SA4x4 and Simon Steadman of Ultimate Adventures for a fully-catered training weekend that combines Level 1 accredited training, a night’s camping and a day’s 4×4 outride. Whether you want to get the basics just right or brush up on your skills, this is the right place to ask the questions and get the right answers. 4×4 driving and recovery skills will be covered, and you get the chance to put your new skills to the test in a safe, guided environment before you venture out into the bush on your own. Four training sessions have been scheduled throughout the

In our second desert encounter with the Cooper Dust Series, competitors who’d come from all over the country, and in all sorts of vehicles, lined up on November 30 for the grand finale of 2018’s seven-region event to test their mettle against the elements. Deep within SA’s rural heartland, the venue chosen for the final – Vanwyksvlei – lies in a region called the Dorsland, accessible only by gravel road. Surrounded by many kilometres of apparently featureless Karoo desert and mud flats, the area is barren and dry, just as organiser Gerrie van Eeden likes it. This middle-of-nowhere town may

The Land Rover Owners Club of Southern Africa is returning to De Wildt 4×4 in Hartebeestpoort for some more family-friendly, four-wheel-drive fun. The trail is suitable for all Land Rovers, including soft-roaders like the Evoque and Freelander, but there will be plenty of tough obstacles for the more experienced drivers seeking more of a thrill. The day starts with an early driver briefing, after which the group will take on the trail. Afterwards, proud owners can discuss the day’s triumphs and mishaps over some tasty braaivleis and a cold one at the facility’s lapas and picnic areas. Places are limited,

Ten Years Ten Reasons To Charge! #1 THIS YEAR IS NUMERO TEN – one of the most epic, audacious and thrill-seeking events going, the Elephant Charge in Zambia is a 4×4 motorsport challenge and has reached its tenth anniversary. You do NOT want to miss this year’s show! The 2017 Fuchs Elephant Charge will take place at a secret location in the Zambian bush on Saturday 14 October 2017. Are you rrrrrrready?! #2 EC PUTS THE FUN INTO FUNDRAISING – since 2008, the Elephant Charge teams have supported 17 wildlife conservation projects with grants totaling $647,991. This year we hope

Words and images by John Leyden Every year, the strangely-named German town of Bad Kissingen is taken over by Adventure & Off-Road, Europe’s biggest outdoor expo. SA4x4 reader, John Leyden, was there to get the low-down. The Abenteuer & Allrad (Adventure & Off-Road) is regarded as Europe’s biggest off-road expo, and is attended by visitors from all over Europe and beyond. It has been hosted for the last 17 years on a 100 000 m² tract of land outside the German town of Bad Kissingen. ‘Now, where the heck might that be?’ I’d asked myself − and had decided to

There was a vast range of outdoor paraphernalia at the 2015 Beeld Holiday Show held at Gallagher Estate in Midrand. From lighting systems to a serious overland-expedition motorhome, from camping products to consumables, tents, solar panels, and special suspension systems for off-roading and towing alike, there was something to interest the full spectrum of outdoor enthusiasts. More than 15 new products were launched onto the South African market. One of the stars at the huge Campworld display was the Jurgens XT65, a highly customisable 5ft camping trailer (from R24 450) with a nosecone, and a host of potential tent set-ups;