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First came the lighting. Far off across the parched plains, electricity was charging the air, creating an energy that belied the stillness of the surrounding hills. Then came the brown mist – a wall of dust and wind heralding the imminent deluge. The perfect storm was ready to burst at the seams, and when it did, we were treated to the last thing we could ever have expected: pouring rain in the drought-stricken Karoo. Within hours, all evidence of the water was gone, save for a few muddy roads that would definitely come in handy a bit later. The parched Beaufort…

If there is one place you have to visit in your lifetime, it is the Serengeti National Park, to experience the annual wildebeest migration. TOUR INFO Date: 15 December – 13 January 2019 Venue: Serengeti National Park, Tanzania Cost: R45 000 per person Includes: Camping& Lodge Accommodation, All Park Fees, Dinner Daily Excludes: Fuel, Border Costs, Drinks and Visas You have all seen it on numerous documentaries on National Geographic but nothing compares to actually experiencing it first-hand. The vast plains of this magnificent wilderness will leave you breathless and imprint memories to last a lifetime. This epic expedition will take us through Botswana, then…

Johann ‘Tyres’ Viljoen tells us about tyre width vs tyre profile, and how to achieve an optimum tread footprint off-road When fitting an off-road tyre, it’s important to remember that fitting a wide tyre with a low profile on large rims will not benefit your vehicle off road. It’s much better to have a tyre with a tall profile on smaller rims with a narrower width section. Narrow and tall tyres allow you to deflate more in off-road situations like sand or mud, which lengthens your footprint to improve braking, traction and stability. Very wide, low-profile tyres are easier to…

This April, join Ultimate Adventures for another incredible SA4x4 self-drive tour, taking you through Baboon’s Pass in the Maseru District of Lesotho. THE BASICS Date: 14-20 April 2018 Venue: Lesotho Cost: R6750 per person sharing Includes: Lodge & Camping Accommodation, Dinner & 2 breakfasts Excludes: Fuel, Lunch, Drinks, VHF radio hire At an elevation of 2689m (8822ft), this pass near Ramabanta is one of the most remote, roughest and impassable passes in the country – more suitable for donkeys than for vehicles. It’s one of the highest mountain passes of Lesotho. The road to the summit is extreme. Only 4x4s with high clearance should tackle…

Stofkraal 4X4 Trail: on the Williston road, NE of Sutherland, NC.It had been a helluva journey just to get there. Over 700km from the delightful hamlet of Van Zylsrus, deep in the Kalahari, of which at least 300km were on some tough dirt tracks. But I’d take a challenging gravel detour over a narcolepsy-inducing blacktop any day. One such dirt-track detour is worth mentioning.  91km south of Brandvlei, you turn left towards Koosdrif siding, and this gravel gem shaves about 40km of tar road off your journey and puts you straight onto the Middelpos road that eventually leads to Sutherland.…

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I think I finally get it now. I mean, not entirely – my stereotypical femininity and risk-averse nature seem to prevent me from ever fully grasping the reckless spirit of adventure that possesses most other 4×4 enthusiasts. But, as I looked into my rear-view mirror at the reflection of the 200-metre hill I had just conquered (measurements may have been exaggerated), I could not help a cheeky grin wriggling its way across my face as my chest puffed out with pride. I had done it. I had conquered the giant. I felt unstoppable. No, I was unstoppable. It was a…

Words & Images Kerry Fraser ‘‘As jy dom is moet jy suffer.” English translation: If you are stupid, you will have to endure the consequences of your lack of common sense and live through all that the universe decides to wreak upon your head. Our friend Luft likes to use this phrase regularly and it was this particular phrase which was grinding its way through my mind on repeat, as I lay melting into the duvet in the energy-sapping heat. December in the Kalahari is mind-numbingly hot. In fact, our thermometer had stopped reading temperatures and had simply opted for…

Words Kayla Cloete, Images Land Rover/Various It won’t surprise me if Hollywood decides to make another Steve-Jobs-type documentary based on the legendary Land Rover. I can just see it now: the opening scene zooms out over a beach. The words “Red Wharf Bay” briefly appear on the screen before the waves wash them away. Two suited figures become visible in the distance as they walk towards our screen. “So, Maurice, whatever will replace this new Jeep of yours once it wears out?” the one figure enquires of the other. “I don’t rightly know. I suppose it should be replaced with…

Oxford and Cambridge Trans-Africa Expedition – 1954 It was most likely beer that fuelled the first well-publicised trans-Africa expedition, as the first challenge to race across the African continent was prompted by a round of bar-talk between two competing universities. Undertaken by Oxford and Cambridge universities during their summer holidays of 1954, this journey covered over 40 000 kilometres. Two teams of three men from their respective universities were to drive 86-inch Series One Station Wagons through Egypt and the Sahara Desert, through Ethiopia and on toward Cape Town, then all the way back up to London again. The ego…

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