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Outdoor Camping Systems

Small on your way. Big where you stay.

On your vehicle or behind

Do you own a car or a 4×4-SUV or Bakkie?

 

Do you want to travel and sleep almost every night at a different spot? Do you want to go to a site and camp there for a while, and be able to drive around, coming back to base camp? Do you want to do it alone, as a couple or as a family? Do you like the bush, the sea, the desert or the mountains?

We have a solution for all scenarios.

 

How and why AHA Outdoor Systems was created

A friend invited me to joing him and 5 others on a overland trip to Botswana and Namibia and I reluctantly agreed to join the trip. I hestitated because of my experience during my mandatory army training year of camping and sleeping in tents and I then promise myself that I would never sleep in a tent again. I bought myself a 4×4 double cab vehicle, sleeping bag, rooftop tent, cooler and plenty of plastic boxes to store cutlery, clothes, food and drinks in.

I absolutely enjoyed the 3 week trip driving on off the beaten track locations, experiencing the fabulous unspoiled nature witch city dwellers are not even aware of and enjoyed the fellowship of the rest of the group, BUT I hated the unorganised setup. At about the 3rd day I would find my teaspoon, GPS, underpants and tooth brush all mixed up in the same box. On that moment the AHA dream was born.

The AHA dream then was to have an accommodation unit on the back of my double cab pickup with all the relevant luxury of my house, without converting my pickup permanently to a camper.

Was it an impossible dream?

I did a lot of research and was amazed to see how many quality outdoor products are availble in South Africa, but not one could offer me what I wanted in one affordable package. So I designed my own.

During 2002 I took my first camper to Sodwana where we went scuba diving and when I opened the unit on the beach I drew a lot of attention from people around me. I had to open and close it approximately 50 times as the people came and went that day. Every so often when I open the unit people would utter “AHA” in amazement.

 

That day I decided to start a business building campers, as I had so many requests to do so. On 1-3-2003 we registered a company called AHA Outdoor Systems. 

The first product would be called AHA-45 as it took 45 seconds to set the unit up for sleeping/camping. Our first models went thru some teething trouble like dust and water leaks, but luckily outdoor people are in general patient and outright nice people and we thankfully experienced support and cooperation from them to resolve all problems.

We have manufactured 987 AHA-45 campers until the new AHA-15 was born.

There are now well over a thousand AHA campers on South African roads.

We now also manufacture the AHA-Mobile-Cabin, an off road/on road caravan with a difference. As well as a range of accessories.

 

AHA-15 Slide-on Camper

This unit fits on almost any pickup. The AHA-15 is ideal for the couple who wants to tour around anywhere and sleep on a different spot almost every night. This unit can also fit on a AHA-trailer. Look at all the amazing features of this product.

 

Inside the AHA-15

Outside the AHA-15

Camping with AHA-15

  • Lightweight & robust

    Approx 348kg aluminium and stainless steel construction​.

  • Setup time

    Only 15 seconds. Small on your way but big when you stay.

  • Organised

    Everything required has its place.

  • Assembly

    Easy to remove from vehicle to camp on or store away at home. By 1 person in 5 minutes.

  • MODIFICATION

    No modifications to vehicle required to convert vehicle to camper.

  • BATHROOM

    En suite bedroom with bed, shower, toilet, washbasin, all inside.

  • Seating

    Table and seating inside. For those odd days when the weather keep you inside.

  • Kitchen

    Kitchen with fridge and burner: mainly outside, but also inside when weather dictates.

  • Awning

    Awning and wing outside for outdoor living.

  • ACCESSORIES

    Swing arm to accommodate spare wheel, jerry cans, wood etc.

  • Independent

    Electricity, gas, water. (for lights, geyser, stove, shower etc.)

  • ELECTRICITY

    Solar panels for areas where no power is available.

Luxury Camping At Its Best

Being in the bush doesn’t need to be rough. Get the amazing feeling of exploring your world while being comfortable while you do it.

 

AHA-MC (Mobile Cabin)

Inside AHA-MC

Outside the AHA-MC

AHA-MC

  • Weight

    Empty weight = 830 kg, can load 470 kg, Total max weight 1,300 kg. (axle with brakes).

  • Dimensions

    Length = 4.3 meters, height = 2.48 meters, width = 1,72 meters.

  • Accessories

    1 spare wheel inside. Airbag adjustable springs. (low on tar, high off road).

  • Bedding

    Main bed (1.9m by 1.7m) and (2nd bed 1.7m by 0.9m) with duvet and matching curtains.

  • Seating

    Inside table with seating for 4.

  • BATHROOM

    Inside bathroom (1m x1.3m). open plan or closed, with hot shower, toilet and wash basin.

  • Storage

    Clothing cupboard with clothing hang space.

  • Kitchen

    Inside/outside kitchen with: 2 gas burners, induction plate, zink, gas geyser for shower and taps, Micro wave, fridge, cutlery, transparent plastic holders for groceries.

  • Wheelchair ramp

    The AHA-Mobile-Cabin is wheelchair friendly.

  • Air conditioner

    Equipped with air conditioning.

  • Independent

    Electricity, gas, water. (for lights, geyser, stove, shower etc.)

  • Awning

    Wing awning.

Seconds From Canopy To Camper

At the end of your journey the last thing you want to do is set anything up. With the AHA 15 you go  from Canopy to Camper in Seconds.

 

Accessories

Shower in a suitcase
AHA wing (AHA-15)
Folding table and chair set for 2 in bag
Back swing arm for spare wheel and jerry cans (AHA-15)
Slider for fridge and toilet (AHA-15)
Toilet (AHA-15)
Toilet (AHA-MC)
Fridge 50L
3kg gas bottle
Gas cooker top
Micro wave
Induction plate
Casset gas stove
Swing down kitchen (AHA-15) high vehicles
Canvas zip bags for cloting
Gas water geyser

Videos

Introduction to the
AHA-15 Slide-on Camper
Introduction to the
AHA-MC (Mobile Cabin)

AHA Customers

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Hi Dawid,

Thought you may enjoy these pics proving that the AHA withstood the test very well. This during our recent adventure through The Baviaans.
Knoppies in the Izuzu and myself in the Hilux, we had some fun !

 

Gloria Botha
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Ahaaa, dis wraggies lekker!

Ons het in 1998 ons Nissan Hardbody 2.7 Turbodiesel gekoop, ‘n ekstra-hoë “canopy” laat opsit en laasgenoemde met ‘n kontrêpsie soos ‘n outydse katel toegerus sodat ons agterin kon slaap, met bagasie onder die “bed” en bo-op die ingeboude dakrak. Destyds van Witrivier, Mpumalanga, het Bak sy nooiensrit deur Zimbabwe, Namibië en Botswana onderneem en daarna het ons suidelike Afrika só deurkruis.

Eendag het ‘n tydskrifadvertensie van ‘n eienaardige oopvoubare tenterige ding iets binne my laat roer: Dié affêre, genoem ‘n AHA, was net wat ons en Bak nodig gehad het. Veral omdat ons geen erg aan ‘n geslepery kon kry nie. Die AHA se prys het ons egter eers daarvan laat vergeet en is Bak se “canopy” maar later met die Blouhuis (‘n gerieflike tent, wat twee amper-bejaardes darem binne ‘n halfuur kon staankry) aangevul.

Oor jare het ander kampweeldes gevolg, maar in onbewaakte oomblikke het die visioen van die AHA steeds nukkerig bly kop uitsteek. Toe ons in 2013 na ons geboorteland terugkeer en die Namib, Etosha, Sossusvlei, Hentiesbaai en ander wonderlike plekke minder as ‘n dagreis van ons nuwe tuiste (Windhoek) af word (en ons in jare aangestap), het my rekenaarmuis al meer per ongeluk op die AHA-webtuiste geklik.
Kamp was nou ‘n integrale deel van ons bestaan, maar steeds was ons nie lus om ‘n sleepwa of karavaan teen Kaokoland of Damaraland se bergagtige roetes te probeer uitsleep nie. Ja, Bak is steeds met ons en ons het immers respek vir sy ouderdom ook.

En toe, middel 2015, sien ek iets op die AHA-webtuiste raak wat my laat regop sit: Dié kontrepsie kon nou by jou kampplek afgelaai word, sodat jou voertuig vry was om rond te ry – die einste “feature,” of liewers gebrek daaraan, wat ons tot dusver teen die AHA-konsep gehad het.
Alta (by die AHA-kantoor) is met ‘n reeks e-posse vol vrae gepeper en kort voor lank was die koeël deur die kerk. Ons is Pretoria toe om ons AHA te bestel en twee maande later is Bak gestroop, gediens en sy tenk gevul vir die rit om die AHA te laat installeer.

Wat ‘n plesier! Sommer op pad terug Windhoek toe het ons al gesorg dat die ergste blink van die aluminium met ‘n gepaste lagie Kalahari-stof bedek word en voor ‘n maand verloop het, was ons reeds Gross Barmen en Hentiesbaai toe. Hier het ons die AHA vir die eerste keer afgelaai om die gerieflike “winch” meganisme te toets en om seker te maak dat hy visgerei en ons ekstra vrieskas ook kon akkommodeer. Laasgenoemde natuurlik die voordeel van die ekstra pakplek in die “nosecone” in geval van ‘n enkelkajuitvoertuig.

Rondom Kersfees is die AHA vir meer as ‘n week by St Nowhere staangemaak waar veral die stort-in-‘n-tas pure weelde was. Met die groot watertenk, sonpaneel en dubbele batterystelsel waarop ons besluit het, was ons ook goed toegerus vir die daaropvolgende rit langs en deur die Ugabrivier tot rondom die Brandberg.

Hierdie totale onafhanklikheid van water- en kragpunte het ons ‘n nuwe naweektuiste laat ontdek: Die “pioneer campsites” by Düsternbrook waar dit net jy en die stroompie (as hy loop) en die berge en tientalle voëlspesies is…
Ons was onlangs weer met die AHA Suid-Afrika en Krugerwildtuin toe, heerlik om genoeg gerieflike pakplek (selfs hangplek) vir klere en beddegoed te hê, om nie eens te praat van die gerief van ‘n alles-byderhand kombuis met stoof, yskas, spens en kraan selfs waar jy ‘n pitstop langs die langpad maak nie!

Ek glo wel dat Dawie en sy span die op- en aflaai-meganisme mettertyd nog kan verbeter. Dit werk wel uitstekend, maar die “pote” is maar baie swaar en dis voorwaar ‘n kuns om die voertuig en platform reg te “align” vir die oplaaislag – veral waar die terrein maar ongelyk is.

Maar teen die tyd dat ons AHA ses maande oud was, het ons reeds 30 nagte in hom deurgebring: Langs die see, in die bos, in die woestyn, tussen die berge en in “state of the art” kampe. Nêrens het ons nog met verlangende oë na ander kampeerders se toerusting gekyk nie, inteendeel, ons AHA verskyn reeds op talle mense (veral oorsese toeriste) se vakansiefoto’s en ons verduidelik steeds graag en met entoesiasme hoe lekker dié ding kamp.

En die beste onverwagse bonus beleef ons telkens by grensposte: Doeanebeamptes se onheilspellende inspeksies verander telkens in ‘n impromptu demonstrasie wanneer daardie agterste deurtjie oopgemaak word en ons verduidelik dat dit eintlik ons “huis op wiele” is!

Koop jou AHA nóú, moenie wag tot jy te oud is om hom te geniet nie.

 

Jan en Mariana Balt

Windhoek

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ABOUT AHA

The AHA is a collection of complete slide-on lightweight campers, which can be loaded or unloaded by one person from a trailer or bakkie. The AHA Collection is equally comfortable on the high-way or off-road. The AHA Collection unfolds in several seconds from a lounge to a bedroom. The AHA Collection is the ideal product for various camping trips ranging from Botswana, Namibia or any destination in Africa. It enables you to experience Africa’s bush, desert and off-the-beaten-track areas as well as caravan parks.

CONTACT US
  • +27 12 804 6111 / +27 82 328 2821
  • info@ahaweb.co.za
  • Unit 35 Sildale Park, 148 Conveyor Road Silvertondale Ext 1, Pretoria, South Africa