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Words and pictures by Grant Spolander. Cutting Edge Not all products are worth writing about. Take an axe, for instance; what can I tell you about a sharp chunk of steel with a rubber handle? Um, it chops wood, the end. But here I am, writing a product review about an axe. Specifically, the Silky Nata. So, what makes this chopper so special? Well, it’s the greatest axe I’ve ever used and if I don’t write something about the Nata I’d feel like King Arthur trying to keep Excalibur a secret. At first glance, it may remind you of a

Words and pictures by Richard van Ryneveld. Don’t Pass this Up Behind the wheel of a powerful BMW X6, contributor Richard van Ryneveld, feathers his way through the Eastern Cape’s high country. It’s a journey through dew-covered valleys, snow-speckled passes and quiet villages (home to friendly country folk and delicious pub grub). The editor’s email grabbed my attention straight away, “I’ve been thinking about running a story about driving the mountain passes of the Eastern Cape in the new BMW X6. Do you think it’s viable?” Well, I’d been up to this area many years ago and had never forgotten

Words and pictures by Adam Cruise. The other kgalagadi In a quest to feel more a part of nature and less apart from it, Adam Cruise visits the Botswanan section of the Kgalagadi Transfontier Park, a place which doesn’t feature on too many itineraries. It’s an area that personifies wilderness, where you don’t need a passport, just a reliable 4×4. Us humans seem to be becoming less and less part of the natural world, and conversely, nature has is being forced into a place where it’s part of our world, almost like a shopping mall or an amusement park. We

Words and pictures by Grant Spolander PRODUCT REVIEW: ALU-CAB LUNCHBOX Here’s the scenario: you’re about to cross the Zim border, and up to this point you’ve done everything possible to ensure a smooth border crossing. But unfortunately, there’s little you can do about the corrupt border official asking you for a bribe. So what’s the solution? You’re a man of principle and you don’t want to pay for a dodgy deal. Well, I’m not kidding when I say this, but you’ve gotta make yourself a cup of coffee. Getting upset will do you no good. In fact, crooked border officials

Here’s a question: what’s the most indispensable item you can take with you on an overland journey? A spare tyre perhaps – it would be really stupid to venture beyond the confines of your suburb without one. Even so, it’s quite possible you won’t end up needing it. Some might say good after-market suspension to get you over those tough bits, or a long-range fuel tank, or maybe a reliable GPS, or an electric tyre pump and compressor, or a dual-battery system. What about an on-board fridge to keep those all-important beers perfectly chilled? These are important items, but are

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