Sure-footed on tough EC ter­rain

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Gen­eral Tire’s for­mi­da­ble 4x4 range are the tyres of choice at Kar­iega Game Re­serve, the pri­vately owned Big Five re­serve near Ken­ton-on-Sea.

Span­ning 10,000ha of bushveld with breath­tak­ing views and five lodges, Kar­iega is an idyl­lic des­ti­na­tion – but the ter­rain is as chal­leng­ing as it gets for the tyres fit­ted to the re­serve’s 72 ve­hi­cles.

“Tyres are one of our big­gest run­ning costs as our ve­hi­cles work ex­cep­tion­ally hard and travel through ex­tremely tough ter­rain,” Kar­iega man­ager Mike Fuller said.

“Over the years, we have tried a wide va­ri­ety of brands, most of which haven’t man­aged to han­dle the harsh con­di­tions.

“Since we switched to Gen­eral Tire two years ago, we haven’t looked back.”

The tough­est tests of dura­bil­ity are ex­pe­ri­enced by Kar­iega’s 22 Toy­ota Land Cruiser game view­ers, which typ­i­cally carry a full one-ton load on each trip, trans­port­ing guests across the re­serve day in and day out.

In ad­di­tion to the game view­ers, sev­eral 4x4 ve­hi­cles are ded­i­cated to the an­tipoach­ing unit which tra­verses even more pre­car­i­ous and less well-es­tab­lished trails.

For th­ese pun­ish­ing ap­pli­ca­tions, Gen­eral Tire’s heavy-duty Grab­ber X3 is the tyre of choice, its core ca­pa­bil­i­ties built around ex­treme per­for­mance in mud, dirt and rocky ter­rain.

The game view­ers and an­tipoach­ing ve­hi­cles are also pro­gres­sively be­ing fit­ted with the new 235/85 R16 tyre size match­ing the Land Cruiser’s orig­i­nal equip­ment spec­i­fi­ca­tion, in place of the fully im­ported 265/75 R16 used to date.

The nar­rower tyre is now be­ing lo­cally pro­duced at the Con­ti­nen­tal Tyre plant in Port El­iz­a­beth, which means im­proved stock avail­abil­ity and lower cost.

The Grab­ber X3 uses Gen­eral Tire’s new Dura­gen tech­nol­ogy, in­cor­po­rat­ing a three-ply con­struc­tion de­liv­er­ing out­stand­ing dura­bil­ity and punc­ture re­sis­tance, while the spe­cially de­vel­oped tyre com­pound pro­vides ex­cel­lent cut and chip re­sis­tance.

The ag­gres­sive open tread pat­tern achieves high trac­tion and an ef­fi­cient self-clean­ing ac­tion in mud, and the mul­ti­an­gle grip­ping edges and large side­wall lugs af­ford op­ti­mal grip in rocky con­di­tions.

While the Grab­ber X3 is per­fect for head­ing well off the beaten track, many of Kar­iega’s ve­hi­cles re­quire dual-pur­pose use in both on the road and off-road con­di­tions. For this the Grab­ber AT3 all-ter­rain tyre de­liv­ers go-any­where abil­ity.

Pic­ture: QUICKPIC

TOUGH TACKIES: Kar­iega Game Re­serve man­ager Mike Fuller with one of the ve­hi­cles sport­ing Gen­eral Tire’s tough tackies

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