First run more than seventy years ago, the East African Safari Rally became legend as motorsport’s ultimate challenge. Originally fought across 3,000 miles with minimal rest for the crews, today’s East African Safari Classic Rally demands the same speed and endurance, while making things slightly more comfortable for competitors.
The seventh running of the Classic Safari Rally continues this formidable heritage, as the teams travel a brand new route through the lush landscapes of Kenya and Tanzania. Most sections are new to the rally, combining the challenging navigation over strenuous terrain that has come to define this epic event.
“The East African Safari Classic Rally is the jewel in the crown of marathon rallies,” says Rally Director, Raju Kishinani. “To stay at the top, we are always listening to our clients and are fully aware that they have other choices they could make. In honour of our illustrious line of past champions, victory on Safari must remain an heroic achievement. This means new challenges for our all competitors, every time they race.”
Rally organisers recently carried out further reconnaissance into the Kenyan wilderness, discovering a route sure to awe and inspire. Each racing day consists of three competitive stages, the longest of which is now 184 kilometres.
Daunting Safari stages explore the unparalleled landscape around Mount Kilimanjaro, the wild African plains and the verdant Highlands of Kenya, but longer liaison drives have been considerably reduced. Shorter liaisons make for happier service crews, and more focused drivers and co-drivers on the rally stages.
“Safari Classic 2015 ups the ante considerably,” smiles Raju, excited by the prospect. “Teams will need their wits about them to take the ultimate reward of Safari Rally victory. We are sure that drivers and co-drivers alike will be enthralled by the challenge of the new route.”
Despite more than twelve months remaining before the ceremonial start in Mombasa, almost half of the sixty places on offer next year have been reserved, with the entry list including classic Ford, Porsche and Mercedes cars.
The seventh East African Safari Classic Rally runs from November 19-27, 2015. Email us with any questions at email@example.com.
Provisional Route East African Safari Classic Rally 2015
(Note maximum avoidance of Mombasa-Nairobi Highway)
|Day 1||Start Mombasa – Malindi
Mombasa – Overnight
|Day 2||Start Mombasa – Overnight Amboseli|
|Day 3||Amboseli – Amboseli|
|Day 4||Amboseli to Lake Manyara (TZ)
Cross Border at Namanga
|Day 5||Rest Day Lake Manyara (TZ)|
|Day 6||Lake Manyara to Arusha Overnight (TZ)|
|Day 7||Arusha- Arusha (TZ)|
|Day 8||Arusha – Taita via Pare Mountains
Cross Border at Taveta
|Day 9||Taita – Mombasa via VOI for Rally Finish|