Caravan and Outdoor Life11 min read
ROLLING ALONG THE River
Adding to the fun of this trip was the fact that the boss gave me the thumbs-up to use my old Landie camper for the adventure. The Old Gal needs to drag a petrol bowser behind, as the twin SU carbs on the 3.5 V8 just literally guzzles petrol, so she
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Heart Of The Garden Route
The ATKV Hartenbos resort started way back in 1936 as a part of the South African railways, and soon Hartenbos became one of the most popular venues on the Cape's east coast. With the influx of yearly holidaymakers, ground around the resort was sold
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Balancing Form And Function
GT Campers was founded in 2012 by MJ and Elmien Fitchet after they could not find an off-road trailer that fulfilled their camping vehicle wish list. What MJ and Elmien finally created is an off-road trailer concept that was never before seen in Sout
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Live the ADVENTURE
Whether you want to call it a motorhome or a campervan, the Maxmo Campy is, in a nutshell, a versatile recreational vehicle that provides luxury accommodation and travel for adventurous campers. The vehicle can be used as normal during the week when
Caravan and Outdoor Life5 min read
Built For The Off-road Family
ground clearance and two-wheel drivetrains could not. The other issue was that most truck chassis-based motorhomes are usually only homologated for a driver and one other person, so unless you purchase a double cab truck on a big price tag, where do
Caravan and Outdoor Life4 min read
Dis Moz Nou Lekker!
The novelist Douglas Adams famously said: “I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.” Unfortunately, I do not have the luxury of missing a dead… I know our readers are anxiously awaiting each new edition of Caravan & Outdo
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Silver Service
Silver Lakes Caravans was founded in 2001 by Johnny Bell as a Venter Trailers dealership and a trailer rental business. In less than a decade after they opened their doors, the business had grown to be the largest Venter Trailer dealership in Pretori
Caravan and Outdoor Life6 min read
Caravan CLINIC
I want to update the Hercules 20 inverter in my caravan to a full sine wave inverter using 2 x 12 V batteries and solar charging panels. I am not sure how to mount the solar panels on top of the caravan, or on top of my single cab bakkie canopy (whic
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WIN WITH Caravan & OUTDOOR LIFE AND FALKE
Want to show off your caravan and camping adventures? Are you a lensman who captures the beauty of nature? Do you have a terrific towing combination? Then show us! Caravan & Outdoor Life want to see your awesome outdoor images and share it with our a
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Happy and HEALTY
A recent study has found that children who camp outdoors at least once a year will go on to do better at school, as well as being healthier and happier. I'm sure most of our readers already knew this, but can you believe that even just one camping tr
Caravan and Outdoor Life6 min read
Around the CAMPFIRE
Lying in my hospital bed with the March issue Caravan & Outdoor Life, I was terribly amused by GPS vs maps debate, and it brought back so many amusing incidents. In the middle 70’s we were coming out of the channel of Magaruque Island, a sailing dest
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Camping GEAR
Keep the winter chills at bay with an ultra-light Mac-in-a-Sac Polar Jacket, insulated with ethically-sourced duck down and covered in environmentally-friendly water-repellent material. The jacket is reversible, and comes in a range of colours. The p
Caravan and Outdoor Life4 min read
Industry NEWS
exclusively in South Africa at Loftus Caravan City in Randburg (Gauteng) and Cara-Camp in Somerset-West (Western Cape), have gone through both South African SABS and UK product approval and come with a full warranty. Woody Loftus, from Loftus Caravan
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Mitsubishi Triton’s New Look, And New Compact SUV Range
Mitsubishi's newly-launched Triton features a host of enhanced exterior and interior features, including an all-new 6-speed automatic transmission. Nic Campbell, General Manager of Mitsubishi Motors South Africa, says:“Mitsubishi Motors is celebratin
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Events CALENDAR
Once a year, the vast, arid expanse of the Tankwa Karoo comes to life as thwousands of revellers descend upon it for a week of off-grid dancing, living, loving and sharing. Commercial exchange is a big no-no, and you’ll need to trade for anything you
Caravan and Outdoor Life6 min read
Next Generation Of Off-roaders
Man, oh man, judging by what was launched at this year’s Caravan, Camp & Destination Show in Gauteng, the off-road caravan has well and truly come of age. Not only are they highly desirable in appearance, they have also reached the next level of tech
Caravan and Outdoor Life1 min read
Camping Comfort
Jos Joubert from Abba has been building camper units for decades, and his units today are some of the best on the market. The piggyback units have been tweaked and changed over the years to provide outdoor lovers with a comfortable and practical camp
Caravan and Outdoor Life2 min read
Waeco Cf50 Camping Fridge
I had recently purchased a demo model Waeco CF50 camping fridge/ freezer from Dometic, and this was my first camping trip to test it out. The build quality is good and the sturdy materials used in its construction will ensure a long lifespan. My CF5
Caravan and Outdoor Life2 min read
From Big To Small
It’s always impressive when Bush Lapa displays their range of off-road caravans, whether at their showroom or at an industry show. The manufacturers - from Paarl in the Western Cape, but with dealers all over the country - were showing caravans from
Caravan and Outdoor Life1 min read
Where I Stayed
Camping at Kleine Paradys is R130 per person per night and R80 for under 12s. The fully-equipped caravans are R600 a night for two people or R800 a night for four people. The cottages are R1000 a night for four people and Private Campsite 1 and Priva
Caravan and Outdoor Life2 min read
Royalty On The Board
No, it’s not Gary Kasparov or Magnus Carlson leaving their chess careers behind to come into the caravan market… but Checkmate Caravans are committed to bring international quality to South Africa. Checkmate Caravans are built by Camp Elite Trading,
Caravan and Outdoor Life2 min read
Bring The Family
The one thing that struck me immediately on my arrival at Kleine Bela, was the sheer size of some of the trees, particularly the huge Wurgvy (Ficus craterostoma) which is said to be one of the largest and oldest trees of its kind in Limpopo. Kleine B
Caravan and Outdoor Life2 min read
Mind THE GAP
They saying goes“one man’s loss is another man’s gain”, and in a way this seems a very apt description of the current situation in the caravan industry. While we can’t say that we’ve“lost”Jurgens completely, their absence from industry shows, loss of
Caravan and Outdoor Life2 min read
Beach To Bush
Causing a splash in the market with three new products is Crown Caravans, a division of Motor King & Marine, a family business that has been trading in boats and outboard motors from over 44 years. Expanding their outdoor lifestyle offering, MKM crea
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Energy Efficiency
The first inverters manufactured by Victron Energy, way back in the early 1970s, were spurred by the invention and introduction of television. The application in those days was for the boats that worked the inland waterways of Europe, as sailors di
Caravan and Outdoor Life4 min read
Caravan CLINIC
I noticed that the side hatch door on my caravan was no longer closing properly and so decided to investigate. The hatch door is trimmed in four pieces of aluminium and butt joined at the corners. When I unscrewed these I was horrified – with little
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Around the CAMPFIRE
I have been perusing the January edition of Caravan & Outdoor Life with regards to the article “Dream come true”, and I must admit it’s all good and well spending this kind of money on a 4x4 truck and have a camper built on it, but will this really b
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The Newcomer
Freeline Trail Campers are a brand new entrant into the caravan market. In fact, they are so new on the market that their first production caravan, called the Maverick, was not even completed when it was displayed at the Caravan Camp & Destination Sh
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