FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH

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South Africans have been spoiled for choice with all the dif­fer­ent car­a­van op­tions, es­pe­cially on the off-road side. Con­queror and Echo4x4 are the heavy­weights that spe­cialise in the off-road trailer and off-road car­a­van seg­ment, but the Cape-based man­u­fac­turer Bush Lapa is quickly be­com­ing part of this dis­tin­guished group. Con­queror is known for their mod­u­lar plate struc­tures, Echo uses mainly fi­bre­glass for the body, and Bush Lapa fo­cuses on ma­te­ri­als like stain­less steel and alu­minium. Bush Lapa opened their doors in 2010 in Worces­ter and even­tu­ally started burst­ing at the seams – they had to move the op­er­a­tion to Paarl. In the mean­time they also opened a branch in Cen­tu­rion as well as a deal­er­ship in Pre­to­ria. Lof­tus Car­a­van City in Jo­han­nes­burg now also has a Bush Lapa fran­chise, and an­other dealer out­side Pine­town opened one in KwaZulu-Natal. The new­est de­vel­op­ment is Bush Lapa’s en­try into the in­ter­na­tional mar­ket. Their first con­sign­ment has al­ready been shipped to Aus­tralia. The owner, Jan­nie Oeschger, says they’ve sent their en­tire range and not only a few mod­els. The car­a­vans do need to be mod­i­fied to ad­here to Aus­tralian reg­u­la­tions, but the whole con­struc­tion is done here. The range of colours is also slightly dif­fer­ent com­pared to the lo­cal range, and the names have been changed. The Gogga range be­comes the Hopper, the Ra­tel is now called the Badger, and the Baobab re­mains un­changed. By the time you read this, 1 200 Bush La­pas will have been rolled out of the plant. Con­tact 021 870 1277/38 info@bush­lapa.com bush­lapa.com >

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