Tents: canvas or nylon?

You have decided to go camping; so the first thing you need to equip yourself with is a good tent. But this is not an easy venture as, apart from the variety of brands that complicate your choice, you also have to choose between canvas or nylon.

According to a recent discussion on the 4×4 Community Forum there are pros and cons to both types of tents. Your needs and your budget will mostly determine which is ideal for you. Continue reading Tents: canvas or nylon?

Are they really fairy circles?

You might have noticed the inexplicable bald patches in the landscape when travelling Namibia and the Northern Cape. Tourists have often wondered if these were caused by radio activity, meteorites, UFO’s or maybe even fairies.  The indigenous San and Himba people believed that these circles may have been caused by dragons that stayed underground, evil spirits or gods.

These circles can be seen all over Namibia, but more often in western Kaokoland, as well as along the N1 between Springbok and Van Rhynsdorp. They are between 2m and 10m wide with grass growing rampantly on the edges while the insides are barren.

For the past 30 years scientist have been researching this phenomena and came up with various theories to explain it. The newest finding was published in New Scientist recently but it seems like not all scientists who work on fairy circles are convinced that the answer was at last found. Continue reading Are they really fairy circles?

The GPSMap 276 legend is back

Garmin recently relaunched its legendary GPSMap 276. Johann Groenewald, MD of T4A, tested the new version and found that it offered the same quality as its legendary predecessor, discontinued in 2009, plus much more…

‘I remember back to 2001 when I was given my first GPS by T4A founder Wouter Brand; a Garmin III, which resembled a Toblerone chocolate.  It was a solid little GPS but the battery was bad, the screen small and it could not store more than a day’s track.’ Continue reading The GPSMap 276 legend is back

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