Posted on: 23 Apr 2018
Topic: International News
The new “Xtractor Around the World” adventure across South Africa has begun.
Having successfully toured Australia in 2015, Xtractor’s second adventure is taking place in South Africa and looks like it is just as exciting.
Included in the convoy is 4 powerful McCormick tractors and 6 support vehicles, the convoy will cross the great South African national parks and the endless vineyards of winelands, finally climbing the extensive mountain range of Drakensberg in Lesotho, which reaches a height of 3,482 meters.
The initiative also has a humanitarian purpose: the convoy will be involved in some agricultural projects of local communities encountered along the way.
Xtractor is committed to raising awareness on some of the big issues of our time - the need to protect the environment, to use natural resources responsibly, to eat well and lead a healthy lifestyle. The complex relationship binding man and nature comes to the fore, a relationship as ancient as humankind itself and deeply rooted in the land.
The link to Mother Earth is highlighted and reinforced by McCormick X8 and X7 tractors and BKT providing tyres, working together to drive Xtractor’s exciting mission.
Message of Xtractor
“We will wind our slow and leisurely way among the vineyards of the Garden Route before heading straight inland across the vast semidesert interior, pushing deep into the Great Karoo and up among the sand dunes and boundless horizons of the Kalahari desert. Having reached as far to the North-West as possible, we will turn East, aiming for the summits of the small mountain kingdom of Lesotho (and perhaps a bit of snow). A steep descent down the imposing slopes of the Drakensberg chain will take us back to the sea, the Indian Ocean this time, for a quick tour of some of South Africa’s most celebrated nature parks, including world-renowned Kruger. Johannesburg and Pretoria will mark the finishing line for Xtractor’s second challenge.
We will be privileged to have some very special men and women driving Xtractor’s vehicles – Italian Carabinieri Forestali and I° Reggimento Tuscania, whose expertise and experience will help us look deeper into the environmental issues and to successfully complete Xtractor’s mission.
Amref, Africa’s largest health charity, will give us the opportunity to focus on the themes of health and nutrition, as well as giving us the chance to leave a tangible sign of Xtractor’s visit to South Africa. Our tractors will be put to work laying out a vegetable garden for the use of a maternal health centre and a football field for kids to play on, exercise and practice the healthy lifestyle rules they are taught in school. ”