|GT 4x4 African Adventure: Six countries, 19 days, 10 vehicles, 8000 kms|
The second annual "General Tyre (GT) 4x4 African Adventure" is ready for take-off and will be taking more than 30 people on an exciting and challenging trip through some of the most spectacular regions of Southern Africa.
Sponsored by Continental Tyre South Africa (CTSA) and organised by Adventure Junkies, a convoy of 10 vehicles will depart from the CTSA plant in Port Elizabeth (South Africa) on 20 March and travel through Botswana, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe, eventually returning to the Friendly City on 7 April.
“The 2012 GT 4x4 African Adventure captured the true spirit of a family-oriented adventure through Southern Africa,” says Gishma Johnson, Continental Tyre SA’s Corporate Communications Manager. “This year’s event will be taking the concept even further in terms of the distance covered, the number of places visited and the challenges tackled.
“One of the major focus points of the trip will be the debut of the all-new General Grabber MT, which represents the General Tyre brand’s re-entry into the heavy-duty off-road tyre market. Several vehicles will be equipped with this latest-technology 4x4 tyre that offers exceptional levels of off-road performance and durability."
Selected vehicles will also be fitted with the star performer from the 2012 African Adventure, the General Grabber AT. This remarkable tyre has been extremely well received since its launch last year, and was rated the top all-terrain tyre by one of SA’s leading leisure motoring magazines.
Vehicle support has been received from several manufacturers, which have kindly sponsored 4x4s for the trip. Accordingly, the African Adventure will feature the brand-new Isuzu KB for the first time, along with the latest Ford Ranger and the Toyota Hilux and Fortuner.
The African Adventure, led by the experienced team from Adventure Junkies, will take the participants on an exciting route – typically well off the beaten track – covering a total distance of around 8 000 km.
Among the many highlights lined up for the expedition, participants can look forward to a scenic off-road trail following the border between Botswana and Zimbabwe, as well as exclusive visits to remote islands on Lake Kariba and Lake Malawi.
While the trip is primarily about exploring this wonderful and diverse continent, the General Tyre 4x4 African Adventure retains a strong community focus. A remote school set in the hills near Momba Coal Mine in Zambia has been nominated as the CSR beneficiary for the 2013 African Adventure. The crews will deliver essential supplies and funds for this project to assist the school with education and upliftment.
The team will also be returning to the Malambu Middle School near Monze in order to see how the money and equipment donated during the 2012 adventure have been utilised to build much-needed additional classrooms.
Coverage of the General Tyre 4x4 African Adventure will be updated daily throughout the trip on the Continental SA [ FACEBOOK PAGE ] and on the [ CONTINENTAL.CO.ZA ] website.
2013/03/21 | 18:35 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/JOHNSON