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Words and images by Jacques Marais “Little snotkop,” I think, as a wild-eyed youngster swings his rusty panga in a sweeping arc in the general direction of the Isuzu, while jeering loudly at us. Apparently I did no just think this, but voiced the thought quite forcefully. Hence ‘the stare’ from Karyn in the passenger seat. In my defence, this is the second incident in the past hour, with another makwedini hurling a make-believe stone at the vehicle a few kilometres back near Mqanduli. I get the context: mlungu in a bakkie that is worth at least half a million

Words by Andrew Thurlow On 14 December ‘13, Tracey (my wife), Rick (my step-boet), Todd (Captain America) and I, packed our trusted Land Cruiser GX80 Series and set out for what was sure to be one of our best overlanding holidays yet. Having overlanded through most of the continent, we had a vast amount of 4×4 experience between us and prepared for this trip like any other − with loads of supplies. Our journey took us first to the Trans Kalahari highway, heading towards Etosha Pans, where we were fortunate enough to see lions and a black rhino. Our next

WORDS & PICTURES by Kerry Fraser & Michael Barton. So there we were, in the middle of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve during the peak summer season. We were on a solo trip: 11 nights of self-sufficiency in this harsh, arid environment of sand, sun and sticky flies. We’d decided to take a less-travelled route from Bape transit camp to Xaka campsite, venturing through the Molapo Bushman settlement and along the fossilised riverbed route. Six hours of exploration, solitude and enjoyment was the plan. But, as they say, even the best-laid plans… The solitude and peace of the morning was

Words by Byran Milne and Andrew Mowat Pictures by Bryan Milne After inviting a friend, Andrew Mowat, to join me on the Nossob Eco Trail in the Kgalagadi, I had a choice to make: either carry a lot of extra camping gear in my Prado, or help Andrew convert his Jimny into a self-sufficient overlander. I chose the latter.  With just 113-litres of boot space, the Jimny is by no means a conventional overland 4×4. But, once we’d removed the rear seats, we found a flat, usable cargo area that we could use. After conducting some experimental packing, we discovered

Reader trip report In 2011 we decided that we wanted a holiday with a difference, and the plan was to search for the source of the Zambezi River. After much more planning, we left from Pretoria one morning in late October, to travel via Botswana, Namibia and Zambia. The first night was spent at Khama Rhino Sanctuary in Botswana; a lovely place to camp, but unfortunately we saw no rhino. The next morning we departed for Kubu Island: a rocky outcrop in the middle of the Makgadikgadi pans, which form a huge salt lake: the remnants of an ancient inland

After cancelling a trip to Scotland because of illness, my wife, Gail, and I decided on a trip into Namibia and Botswana. I have a cousin, Charl, who farms near Livingstone, so that was included; and then an article in the SA4x4 January issue on the Sisheke Chiefdom and Kabula Lodge piqued my interest. Soon the trip was amended to include Etosha, the Sisheke area, Charl, Chobe and back home – via Kimberly to see my father – and then on to George to see Gail’s parents. Kill the whole flock with one stone, so to speak. Reader Trip Report:

Words and pictures by Sheelah Turner Reader Trip Report: Podor, Senegal When a man took down his fence so that we could drive into his back yard to camp, we realized what an unusual and special place Podor was. But our visit to Podor, Senegal, had really started a few days earlier in St Louis. We had taken a few days to rest after driving through Mauritania and crossing the border, and had used the time to chat to other travellers in the campsite about places worth visiting in Senegal. Since some travellers – and our trusty little guide book

words and pictures by Jenny and Chris Sivertsen Reader trip report: Travelling to Nyika Plateau, Malawi Our 32-day trip began with Botswana, entering via Martin’s Drift (where they seem set on taking your fresh food for some or other reason) through Selebi-Phikwe to Francistown. Next stop Chobe, but not before a great lunch at Nata Lodge. On to Zambia via the Kazungula ferry, a perfect example of pot luck: we waited 10 minutes for a ferry (US$ 30, must be paid on board), after passing the six-kilometre queue of trucks; drivers say they wait between five and eight days to

Words and pictures by Gordon Stewart. The overlanding bug bit Gordon and Jean Stewart in 2007. Today, five trips, 106 000 km and 732 days on the road later, they can rightfully lay claim to the title of experienced overlanders. Gordon outlines the process of continual improvement that saw their rig change to meet their travelling needs. In 2006, my wife, Jean, completed a BA degree in Theology. I was due to retire in February the following year. We were both asking the question: Now what? I had recently purchased a copy of the huge National Geographic African Adventure Atlas

Words and pictures by Izak Gelderblom. Reader report: Namaqua Eco-Route. Imagine sitting on your camp chair in the shade of your tent veranda, observing the troop of baboons across the river through your binoculars. You note their good physical condition, and you wonder how a troop of twenty baboons can survive in this arid and unforgiving landscape. Then your eyes are drawn to a kingfisher that is fluttering in one spot in the air, and the next moment it dives down into the water a few metres from where you’re sitting. It disappears underwater for a second or two, then

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