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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,

Toyota’s Prado is a strong, capable, bodyon- frame mid-size SUV with all the trimmings, for families who don’t want or need the immense Land Cruiser 200 Series in their driveway. The fourth-generation J150 has now come in for a mid-life refresh that has ushered in plenty of neat upgrades and changes, but not the one every previous Prado owner has been hoping for. In other markets, for some time, it’s been gifted the 2.8-litre GD-6 turbodiesel allied to a sixspeed automatic transmission; but here, a combination of factors including the low quality of fuel in Africa, the cost or time

Back in 2007, Mike Voss, founder and Managing Director of Rock Solid Industries (RSI), had just started a fledgling business spraying bakkie bed linings. The bed lining business was successful, but somewhat dead-end, and Mike needed more of a challenge. The mining industry was first port of call and RSI began building roll-over protection systems for mine bakkies. RSI is blazing the way when it comes to canopy technology and the latest innovations in roof racks Unfortunately for Mike, the auto industry also got in on the act, and when the T6 Ranger was released with an NCAP rating that

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

Over the years, we’ve travelled countless thousands of kilometres on various sets of General Grabber all-terrain tyres, from the sharp rocks of the Tankwa Karoo to slippery mud deep in the Transkei, as well as on long gravel and sand stretches crisscrossing Botswana and Namibia. This left us with a high opinion of the previous-generation offerings, and especially of the AT version which proved extremely puncture-resistant on our travels. Now, General Tire, an American brand that is a subsidiary of Continental, has released redesigned versions of its all-terrain and mud-terrain offerings – respectively the Grabber AT3 and Grabber X3 –

A Fortuner that combined the frugal and cost efficient 2.4 GD-6 engine with a 4×4 drivetrain was a model sorely lacking when the latest range was launched. Thankfully, Toyota South Africa has answered our prayers. The 2.4 GD-6 4×4 6AT will use the same 110kW/400Nm mill as found elsewhere in the range, mated to a 6-speed automatic box and low-range transfer case. More good news? At R506 000, it’s R118 100 cheaper than the 2.8-litre auto 4×4.

A selection of the top overlanding and camping items that caught our attention at the recent Beeld Show   BENT ON POWER FlexoPower Kalahari-158 kit Used by the SANDF, Botswana and Namibian Defence Force – and most recently the US military – FlexoPower provides nearly indestructible flexible solar panels for a variety of applications. Thanks to the panels’ flexible nature, packing is easy and the result is compact – perfect for overland travel. The panels are also affected less by partial shading than other solar collectors, and the amorphous silicon triple junction absorbs more sunlight than other technology on the

Does the reigning Class T off-road racing champ have a secret weapon? Does he have bionic strength and vision like Die man van Staal? Or was he just born with a carbon-fibre spoon in his mouth? SA4x4 catches up with Jason Venter as he ponders his next move At the ripe old age of 23, Jason Venter became the youngest ever national off-road champion when he won Class T in his 4×4 Megaworld racing Hilux last year. As with any conquest by a particularly young athlete, the formula of his success begs analysis. Asked if Jason has a secret weapon

Nissan South Africa has signed up Ironman 4×4 as the official accessory supplier for the all-new Navara, which means prospective owners can fit a host of Ironman 4×4 accessories and still retain their full warranties. Ironman 4×4 to kit New Navara This is exciting news for new owners of the Navara, which launched officially in March. The range of accessories available covers the spectrum of overlanding gear, from the Commercial Deluxe bull bar, to the steel side steps and rails, a rear protection bumper, underbody plates, a Monster winch and a full suspension upgrade. The Navara thus equipped absolutely looks

Words by Carine Reyneke & Images by BF Goodrich Winner of our BF Goodrich competition, Carine Reyneke, was whisked off to charge about the dunes of Namibia in a Dakar rally car prepped for the Redlined Motorsport team. This is her story… The GPS showed that the Coke can was about half a kilometre straight ahead of where we were, but the afternoon heat had made the dune sand soft and treacherous. After the second unsuccessful attempt to go straight up the windward (the more gradual) side of the dune, we had to find a way around it. We were

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