Road Trip - - ROAD READY -

Like all Subaru’s, the Levorg is as sure­footed as they come,thanks to its unique sym­met­ri­cal all-wheel-drive sys­tem. Ad­mit­tedly, the Levorg has a num­ber of tricks up its well-han­dling sleeve. A Bil­stein sports sus­pen­sion is one, and ac­tive torque vec­tor­ing an­other.although it rides sig­nif­i­cantly harder than the more leisurely Subaru Forester, the Levorg makes up for this in its ag­ile per­for­mance, with the car’s Lin­eartronic CVT trans­mis­sion do­ing an am­i­ca­ble job of not los­ing in­ter­est un­der hard ac­cel­er­a­tion.

And the car cer­tainly has the abil­ity to ac­cel­er­ate rather briskly.with a max­i­mum out­put of 197 kw at 5,600 r/min and 350 Nm of torque, the Levorg is a high­per­for­mance ma­chine that ri­vals the likes of the Golf R and Re­nault Me­gane GT. This amount of power comes at a hefty price though, in the form of en­thu­si­as­tic fuel con­sump­tion, which I mea­sured at a drop less than 11 litres/100 km, although Call: +27 21 437 9278 Email: reser­va­tions@bush­man­skloof.co.za www.bush­man­skloof.co.za

Subaru pegs the con­sump­tion of the car at 8.7 litres/100 km.

My next stop was the quaint road­side break­away, Kar­doe­sie, at the crest of the western side of the pass. A pop­u­lar stopover spot for tourists and lo­cals alike, Kar­doe­sie is a great stop where one can stock up on re­fresh­ments or even for a quick bite be­fore con­tin­u­ing on your jour­ney.

From Citrus­dal to Clan­william, the N7 trick­les along the Oli­fants River with its net­work of dams and creeks, and ul­ti­mately breaks slightly North­west up the West Coast to­wards the town of Spring­bok. Yet, from Clan­william the R364 shoots West over the Ceder­berg Moun­tain Catch­ment Area and over the 21-km-long Pakhuis Pass, through some of the most spec­tac­u­lar con­torted rock for­ma­tions in the area.also con­structed by Thomas Bain, Pakhuis pass (or ‘pack­ing shed’ pass) has re­cently been fully tarred, and con­nects

Lo­cated near some of the most in­cred­i­ble rock art sites in South Africa, Bush­man­skloof is the per­fect lo­ca­tion for an un­for­get­table wilder­ness es­cape.

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