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2014-06-26 12:11

SET TO TREK: The third annual General Tyre 4x4 African Adventure starts July 3 from Port Elizabeth to Namibia and back again. Image: Continental Tyre SA

  •  Nine vehicles set to tackle Namibia
  • 10-day route: 5 000km; 1500km off-road
  •  Route includes Fish River Canyon, Sossusvlei
  •  Support for Michelle McLean Children's Trust

PORT ELIZABETH, Eastern Cape - The third annual General Tyre 4x4 African Adventure will leave Port Elizabeth on July 3 2014 to head for the rugged terrain of Namibia.

Successful 2012 and 2013 expedition went as far as Zambia and Malawi; the 2014 adventure will see nine vehicles and 18 people explore the abundant adventure attractions of the desert nation during the 10-day event to be led by Adventure Junkies Eastern Cape to prove the performance of the General Grabber 4x4 tyre range which will be fitted to each vehicle.

The current line-up comprises the locally produced all-terrain Grabber AT, along with the heavy-duty mud-terrain Grabber MT.

10 DAYS, 5000KM

Continental Tyre SA marketing manager Niel Langner said: "The tyres have proven capable on all types of terrain from the rocky mountains of Zambia totreacherous mud in Botswana and Mozambique. Namibia will present a new challenge with spectacular driving and scenery."

The route is mapped to cover 5000km, 1500km of it on Namibia's gravel roads and sand trails.

The convoy will travel via Upington to the Augrabies Falls National Park, cross the border at Onseepkans and head for Ai-Ais in the Fish River Canyon, the second-largest canyon in the world and the largest in Africa. Its a gigantic ravine 160km long, up to 27km wide and almost 550m deep. After that will come the high red dunes of Sossusvlei on the southern fringe of the ancient Namib Desert and then through to Swakopmund via the Kuiseb Canyon.

Eventually the convoy will make its way south via Keetmanshoop and cross back into South Africa for the return leg on July 12/13.

The event will again support a local community project along the way. Money will be given to the Michelle McLean Primary School in Otjomuise, near Windhoek. The school, started 22 years ago by Namibia’s 1992 Miss Universe Michelle McLean-Bailey, is the largest single project undertaken by the trust. It was opened in 2000 as a joint venture with Namibia's Ministry of Basic Education, Sport and Culture and plays a crucial role in local education.

For more information on the 2014 General Tyre 4x4 African Adventure view the daily updates and pictures on the Continental Tyre SA Facebook page.

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