PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa, 29 October 2018 – General Tire’s formidable 4x4 range has been the tyre of choice since 2016 at Kariega Game Reserve, a privately owned Big Five reserve located near Kenton-on-Sea in the Eastern Cape.
“Tyres are one of our biggest running costs, as our vehicles work exceptionally hard and travel through extremely tough terrain,” says Mike Fuller, Kariega Game Reserve manager. “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,” Fuller adds.
Spanning an impressive 10 000 hectares of pristine bushveld with breathtaking views and five stunning safari lodges, the Kariega terrain is extremely challenging for vehicles, and especially for the tyres fitted to the reserve’s extensive fleet of 72 vehicles. This includes 22 hard-working Toyota Land Cruiser game viewers and several 4x4 vehicles used by Kariega’s anti-poaching unit. General Tire’s heavy-duty Grabber X3 is relied on for these punishing applications due to its extreme capabilities in mud, dirt and rocky terrain.
Senior game ranger at Kariega Game Reserve, Jason Friend, echoes Fuller’s high regard for the General Tire products. “We achieve higher mileage and far fewer punctures with the Grabber X3, and this has given our rangers a lot more confidence in off-road driving. I wholeheartedly recommend General Tire.”
Kariega’s vehicles that are used for more versatile roles are fitted with the Grabber AT3 all-terrain tyre, which delivers the ideal combination of go anywhere ability with sure-footed all-round performance across a wide range of driving situations.
“Our staff and support vehicles are fitted with the Grabber AT3, including one of our Land Cruisers which does a lot of driving on the road, on gravel and some challenging off-road work. The AT3 performs extremely well in all of these conditions,” Fuller states.
General Tire is a brand of Continental. Based in Fort Mill, South Carolina, General Tire was started in 1915,and can now look back on a more than 100-year company history. From early on, the company has produced tires for all types of motor vehicles. Continental acquired the company in 1987. Today, General Tire delivers car, truck, and industrial tires to customers all around the world. It also equips 4x4 vehicles with special tires.
Continental develops pioneering technologies and services for sustainable and connected mobility of people and their goods. Founded in 1871, the technology company offers safe, efficient, intelligent and affordable solutions for vehicles, machines, traffic and transport. In 2017, Continental generated sales of€44 billion and currently employs more than 243,000 people in 60 countries.
The Tire division has 24 production and development locations worldwide. As one of the leading tire manufacturers with around 54,000 employees, the division posted sales of €11.3 billion in 2017.Continental ranks among the technology leaders in tire production and offers a broad product range for passenger cars, commercial vehicles and two-wheelers. Through continuous investment in R&D,Continental makes a major contribution to safe, cost-effective and ecologically efficient mobility. The Tire division’s portfolio includes services for the tire trade and for fleet applications, as well as digital management systems for commercial vehicle tires.