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A CAR FOR THE NATION

I am pretty sure most South Africans has one or another Volkswagen advertisement that lingers in their minds.   Be it Gugu Zulu with his little rally car ore David Kramer and his red veldskoene and the Volksie bus.  Which one is your favourite?  As the interest in motor sport runs deep in our veins we have visited a couple of motor museums in Europe in the past.  This is no Porsche Museum or Alfa Romeo museum that spread over several floors and hosts any model that  you can think of and more.  This is rather an intimate display of loved Volkswagen products on the premises of the factory located at 130 Algoa Road in Uitenhage. In  the “Meet the Beetles” area you will meet Herbie from the movies who needs no introduction.  Delilah which is in pristine condition with no plastic surgery done and less than 1 000 on the… Read more >

TRAVEL MUGS: WE FINALLY FOUND THE RIGHT ONE

One of the things that you will always find in any of our vehicles, is a travel mug.  We have learned over the years to carry them with us wherever we go. We have tried and tested so many different shapes and sizes, makes and models, but we finally found the one! And we simply had to share it with you. Being environmentally conscious, we are constantly aware of the products used in the production of the travel mug and even though the now very popular bamboo cups are better than the styrofoam cups, they too have some bad elements that keep them together such as formaldehyde and melamine, which ends up in your hot drink after a couple of uses.  Therefore, we decided to make use of a silicone cup.  We believe in it so much, that we decided to stock it in our online store. The silicone cup… Read more >

THE CAMPING LIST

One can easily get entrapped in all the available stuff so my advice will be take time to think things over and make a proper list of what your habits are and what you like and dislike in the department of convenience.

DO YOU HAVE A TRAVEL ADDICTION?

Sometimes I wonder if it is only me that spend a lot of time on the internet researching some new destination or is there some other travelers that also get caught up in this.   I hope that there is somebody out there that have the same symptoms and it is not only me ….. So, what are the symptoms of a sure travel addict?  I do not know, please help me with this one. After pondering a while on this question I came up with the following as sure signs that you are a travel addict: Maps and the globe are part of your life.  If you hear about a place and you are not sure where it is, you go and find out to satisfy your curiosity. Google Earth is fascinating, and you easily get lost in that space. You probably know how Tracks4Africa work as you use… Read more >

SCATTERLINGS OF AFRICA

If you were born on the African continent you are a scatterling of Africa, You know about the dust, the smells, the sun and the heartbeat of Africa settles in you, but the most iconic scatterling of Africa undoubtedly is the legendary White Zulu. Johnny Clegg was born in Lancashire, England and moved via Zimbabwe to South Africa with his family.  This is where he came in contact with township life and the heartbeat of African music.  This was in the apartheid era and he was arrested several times due to his involvement with Black musicians.   However, Johnny Clegg stayed true to the music that he loved, mixing pop music with strong Zulu influences and pursued a successful career locally and overseas.   His voice is unmissable in the band recordings of Juluka and Suvuka.  From 1993 onwards Johnny pursued a successful solo career and featured with his son Jesse Clegg… Read more >

DO YOU NEED A VACCINATION FOR YOUR DESTINATION?

Vaccinations is a personal choice however there are some that is compulsory like Yellow Fever and for which a card is issued to confirm that you have been vaccinated.  If you cannot show your Yellow Fever card after you have visited a high-risk area you stand the chance that the health authorities will probably give you one on the spot! I have seen this happening at Lungi Airport in Sierra Leone, so I rather play safe and get the vaccination at home. Getting vaccinations depends largely on where you plan to go and if you plan a prolonged stay and the destination that you are going to visit.   Under destination this includes remote and poorer areas where health precautions is not as up to date compared to a formal five star hotel in a first world country.    Am I a high-risk traveler?  Destination  – Developed countries  =  lower risk… Read more >

GETTING THE HANG OF TYRE PRESSURE

I am a Landy wife so I am sort of “expected” to know the right tyre pressure for the job or shall I say the terrain I am tackling to get me out of trouble when needed.  So, here I go! First of all, there is a little (or bigger) sticker pasted on the inside of your door frame on the driver’s side that displays all kinds of figures.  Make time to read and understand what it is telling you, it can make life a lot easier than a random thumb suck figure!  Note ladies: these figures are recommended by the vehicle manufacturer in order to assist your driving pleasure and eradicate tyre problems.   When you throw into the tyre pressure mix different surface types – sand, thick sand, pebbles, shaled surfaces, tar – the pot gets a different mix altogether.  Another factor that adds a little salt to the… Read more >

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