If anyone with a 4x4 is traveling from Francistown to Bulawayo (or the other way) when the Plumtree/Ramokwegbane border post is busy like over weekends or public holidays, we recommend traveling the ever so slightly extra distance & crossing over at Mphoengs. It is an interesting road that probably adds an hour to the trip, but far more pleasant to be in your 4x4 than suffering an extended wait in the queue at the Plumtree/Ramokwegbane border post.
I have just received the following from Volvo, on June 4, 2013 at around 12 noon:
"According to a recent case study 50 ppm diesel are available in Namibia and Botswana on most of the main routes therefore these engine variants are available in the major centers (Gaborone and Windhoek)."
This welcoming news means that, with careful planning, modern Diesel-powered vehicles fitted with DPF's can now be used outside of South Africa.
I just had a peek at another 4x4 community forum. Someone sought advice on the purchase of a new SUV and was comparing a Santa Fe with a Trailblazer. Intended use would include visits beyond South African borders but no 4x4-ing and only mild dirt ropad travel. A number of experienced overlanders suggested the person rather buy the Santa Fe instead of teh Trailblazer.
Perhaps time for some to notice that BMW, Mercedes (including G-wagen G300 and G350BT), Hyundai, Kia as well as various other brands will void your warranty of you were to travel outside of SA, simply because 50ppm Diesel fuel is unavailable there. This seems to be overlooked by most and this can have serious consequences should engine failure occur within the warranty period.
Do not be fooled by the fact that those vehicles get marketed in Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, etc. Oweners there may use their vehicles but we South Africans "cannot export our warranties legally." To me, this is an unfaor and illogical situation, but I do understand from a large manufacturer that the EU imposes enormous penalties if they do no comply. Apparently, the EU overlooks the other African countries simply because 50ppm isn't available anywhere else in Africa.
I am trying to find out if the new Rexton W can be used in Namibia, for instance, yet Mahindra SA does not seem interested to respond. They are the Ssangyong distributors here. Also, I have contacted Volvo today and I hope to be getting a clear answer from them.
OK, so we can have three diff-locks and a hand-welded car that cannot traverse Africa because of some stupid verbiage of a warranty. I always thought that it at least would take a novice like myself and some deep mud to get stuck, but can someone please hand my lawyers the recovery strap.....................
I have a beast of a toyota land cruiser LJ70G SWB troopie with a 13B Dyna motor (bulletproof) & 4-speed manual gearbox. She has 35" tyres & a roof-top tent & really looks the part. I live in Bulawayo, have beeen to Hwange / Vic Falls a couple of times and look forward to exploring more of Zim & neighboring countries. I would really like to up-grade to a 5-speed box to increase my travel speed to at least 110km/h but am struggling to locate a suitable box. Any ideas?
I have just read a response to a reader's letter in the March 2013 issue (DIY Bumper).
While I agree that there is a lot more going into a bumper made by a company like TJM than most realise, I think the claim that TJM crash tests each bull bar is far fetched. A quick look at their website reveals that they have 125 bull bars listed. This means 125 vehicles crashed to test the bars !! I seriously doubt if they (or any other after market manufacturer) does this. Just the replacement cost of the air bags will amount to (very conservatively calculated at R 10 000 per vehicle) R 1 250 000. I can also not find a single reference (other than the claim that a the products are air bag compatible ) on the site. Air bags are activated by deceleration sensors, situated some distance from the bumpers and their deployment will not be delayed by any bumper fitted to the original chassis mounting points.
Are these manufacturers pulling wool over our eyes with their claims ?
My wife an I have recently semi retired and would like to plan a trip from either CT or JHB to Serengeti Tanzania. Timing would be April/May 2014. We are in our mid 50's. Looking for other couples to join this trip. We currently drive a 2013 Mitsubishi Pajero sport and tow a Brakha 4x4 trailer. Any interested couples can contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org. Cheers Richard & Isabel
Hi ,i am planing to do Botswana trip with my family in July 2014 ,from Central Kalahari through to Chobe and then back to KZN ,i am looking for safe Camping sites on route and a trip plan,i will also be towing a 4x4 Trailer ,any ideas let me know ,thanks
Hi folks, I'm new here. As I am planning to buy new/demo W166 ML350 BE petrol model with coil springs and no low range, those who know/own them are welcome to share comments. Was looking at E350 platkar and saw that the prices are close. It will allow me to travel back roads, dirt roads, visit Namibia, etc. Real-world fuel consumption when driven with circumspection?
The Western Cape 4x4 Extreme Challenge Club (WCCC) will be holding their third event of 2013 season on the 25th of May 2013 in Robertson. If you've ever wanted to take part competitively, now's your chance.
Admission for spectators: Adults R40, children R20. For full details on the club, future events, classes and rules please visit their website http://wccc4x4.co.za/
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Any Ford ranger experts out there? I have a cluncking noise when the car is engaged in 4x4, its been to various diff and gear box guys, transfer case has been opened and gears and chain inside replaced but none of it sorts out the problem. Dont know what to do now.
Going to Kgalagadi park for a week, first time. Im looking for some info on tyre pressure for comfort, I see different pressures on the net, some say 1.1 others say 1.4. Any other tips one can share will be much appreciated.
Sand a chance to win a GoPro3 with Sudio22 and SA4x4. Upload a recent picture showing “Your 4x4 in Action” and stand a chance to win a GoPro Hero3 Black Edition worth R 5000.00. Click here to enter! http://sa4x4.co.za/studio22
Hi from Hamburg, we (2 pax) come to visit South Africa from the 4x4-side of life. Looking for a 4x4 rental with good reputations and services and reasonable rates for Landcruiser or Defender. Bushlore was recommended. Now found out about Carel Pienaars "South Africa 4x4 Rental" with fairly cheap rates but cannot find any reports. Would appreciate hints, advice and experiences. Thanks to all of you from freezing Hamburg (Germany), Jorg.
We are planning a trip to Namibia in July this year. It will most likely be in the southern half of the country. We will be 3 vehicles. My Ford Ranger 3.0 4X4, a 3.0 Hilux 4X4 and a 2.7 Hilux 4X4.We are planning a 10 -12 day trip from Bloemfontein. Would appreciate any suggestions with regards to must see places, accommodation (camping and lodging), websites, articles and any tips.
Notice to all Jurgens Ci owners and customers The factory has difficulty in supplying both caravans and spare parts on account of industrial action. At this stage the plant is a month behind and cannot get any parts or accessories out of the factory.
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Congratulations to Mr B van Vuuren, the winner of our lucky draw at the Beeld show this past weekend. Mr van Vuuren won himself a Waeco CF 89 SRP fridge/freezer worth R8 799. Another reason you shouldn't miss attending this great show next year!