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Jeep’s most brutal SUV looks kinda subtle until you put the hammer down… Report and pictures Jacques Viljoen We will be the first to admit that this is not the typical vehicle we test, but if the opportunity comes to get the keys for the most powerful SUV in the world for a couple of days, you grab it, much like your passengers will be grabbing at the handles when you unleash the full 527kW. Yes, Jeep has dialled in 527kW and 875Nm from their infamous 6.2-litre Hemi V8, by coupling it with a 2.4-litre supercharger. Speaking of which, it

RICHARD KIGGEN’S RADICAL KB Story Jacques Viljoen & images by Richard Kiggen There are two groups of people when it comes to modifying vehicles: those who modify for looks and the guys who do it out of necessity. At SA4x4, we tend to have more in common with the latter group. Richard Kiggen, the owner of the Isuzu-based rig you see on these pages, is definitely a guy who puts his travel needs first. What motivated your build, we asked, and this was his reply: “I love the beauty of Africa, its landscapes and cultures, and I feel that it

The Witblitz Route Just off the R62, at the top of Huisrivier Pass, a gravel road turns left down to Bennie and Selma Nel’s Matjiesvlei Guest Farm, where one can drive the Bojaankop 4×4 trail, among other attractions Story & pictures Richard van Ryneveld I wager there isn’t a place in Africa where SA4x4’s blue Isuzu D-Max could feel more at home than at Bennie and Selma Nel’s Matjievlei Guest Farm up near Calitzdorp. Why, you might ask? Because Bennie Nel – the fifth generation to farm this land, high up in the foothills of the towering Swartberg Mountains –

Mention the word jack and what usually comes to mind, in the 4×4 context, is the hydraulic bottle jack or scissor jack that your vehicle is supplied with from the factory. However, when it comes to vehicle recoveries, the standard jack is very limited. If your vehicle is fitted with a lifted aftermarket suspension, that standard jack will simply not be able to lift the wheel off the ground if you have a puncture or some other wheel/tyre issue. It does not have enough travel. Quite frankly, even with standard tyres and suspension, a typical OE bottle jack is short

Pioneering spirit Botswana’s Hunter’s Road, which parallels the country’s eastern border with Zimbabwe, can be a breeze in the dry. After heavy rains, navigating its slippery cotton soil bogs can be a very different matter. So how does a stock-standard Nissan Navara Stealth face up to this challenge? Story Jacques Viljoen Photography Jacques Viljoen & Anton Willemse Mention the Hunter’s Road in the wet season and people immediately say that it shouldn’t be done, and anyone who attempts it is looking for trouble. Social media channels are rife with disaster stories. But we at SA4x4 don’t shy away from these

Vervet Monkeys (Chlorocebus pygerythrus) are the most widespread of the African monkeys; occurring from the Ethiopian Rift Valley, highlands east of the Rift, and southern Somalia, through the eastern lowlands of Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia (east of the Luangwa Valley), Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana and all nine provinces in South Africa. Like the Impala (Aepyceros melampus) of a previous article, vervets are often overlooked because they are so ubiquitous. Yet they are fascinating animals and certainly worthy of a second look. The origin of the name ‘vervet’ is unclear; perhaps a shortening of two French words ‘vert grivet’ meaning

A pair of Mercedes-Benz Unimog U 5023s have reached the highest altitude of any wheeled vehicle – further proof that they are among the most capable off-roaders in the world. The trucks were driven up Ojos del Salado, the world’s tallest active volcano located in the Atacama Desert in Chile, to a record-setting altitude of 6 694 metres (21 962 feet) above sea level. That’s nearly the full height of the volcano, which is 6 893 metres high. To put this in perspective, the Unimogs reached an altitude higher than the tops of Denali (20 308 feet) in Alaska and

We compare the footprints of 16 popular All-Terrain tyres at different pressures. What happens to your tyre’s footprint and sidewall as pressure is dropped to gain extra traction? SA4x4 partners with Tiger Wheel & Tyre to compare the stats of 16 popular all-terrain tyres Angus Boswell There are myriad all-terrain tyre choices out there. As an overlander and 4×4 enthusiast, you want to ensure your purchase hits the sweet spot between toughness, longevity, and price. But what really is tough, and how do you know how the tyre will perform for your specific needs? First up, you want to be

IT’S HERE & IT’S OFFICIAL! Download the brand-new SA4x4 App and stand a chance to win one of three Ironman 4×4 gift vouchers valued at R1000 each. To enter, download our FREE App today and leave a review on either the Play Store or iTunes, telling us why you like our App. GET YOUR 4X4 FIX! The App is the fastest way to get updated 4×4 content 24/7, anywhere in the world, on your mobile device. After many requests from all you 4×4 enthusiasts, and months of development and testing, we’ve honed the App to provide loads of super-cool user

Congratulations to our ninth #SA4x4OverlandImages Instagram competition winner, Blaise Samoy!   View this post on Instagram   FINDING SHADE Finding some shade during the hottest hours for a quick lunch break. Hopefully this area has quite a few acacia trees that make perfect natural awning for us and for the car. A post shared by MUD & DUST Overlanding (@muddustoverlanding) on Jan 8, 2019 at 5:04pm PST HOW TO ENTER Tag @SA4x4 on Instagram, and use the hashtag #SA4x4OverlandImages If Instagram is too 21st Century, email your pic to overlandimages@sa4x4.co.za with the subject line Overland Images and we will post it to

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