Rally Round Africa 2021 - Rally Round

8 October – 10 November 2021

A luxury safari adventure through Namibia, Botswana and South Africa

Another wonderful opportunity to explore southern Africa

Join us for another great driving adventure as we once again explore the spectacular landscapes, wildlife and cultures of Southern Africa. Designed by Kim Bannister, our circular route starts and finishes in Cape Town and visits Namibia and Botswana, taking in forests and deserts, coastlines and mountains. As well as enjoying luxurious lodges and world-famous hotels, you will visit charming towns, historic sites, stunning national parks and fabulous wildlife reserves, so you can truly experience the romance of Africa. Indeed October is one of the very best times to visit, with pleasant early-summer temperatures and little rainfall.

As you would expect from Rally Round, this will also be a highly sociable adventure, combining exhilarating drives with leisurely refreshment stops, numerous rest days and plenty of time for sightseeing. We welcome participants of all ages and experience levels, including complete beginners; all you need is a suitably prepared, pre-1975-type car and a friend or partner to share the experience!

The event will be run as a moderately competitive regularity rally, with a touring category for those who prefer not to compete. Our safety record is second to none and there will be no hazardous speeds, night driving, car-breaking terrain or difficult navigation; the entire route will be set out in a comprehensive roadbook and every car will be fitted with a GPS tracker. As ever, we will be accompanied by expert medical and mechanical support staff and we can advise you on everything from crew and car preparation to insurance and shipping.

You’ll find more details including the event regulations in the 2021 Rally Round Africa brochure, which you may download via the link on this page. We are always happy to help, so if you have any questions just get in touch. We look forward to hearing from you – and to seeing you on the start line!

DayStart FinishKms
-2Cape Town - International Arrivals and Welcome Dinner
-1Cape Town - Car Collection and Scrutineering0
1Cape TownClanwilliam255
3SpringbokFish River Canyon267
4Fish River CanyonSossusvlei570
5Sossusvlei Dunes - Rest Days0
8Etosha Safari173
9EtoshaPopa Falls562
10Popa FallsMaun420
11MaunOkavango DeltaFlight
12Okavango Delta - Rest Day0
13Okavango DeltaMaun489
16Mokopane - Rest Day0
18PhalaborwaPilgrims Rest289
19Pilgrims RestSabi Sands Game Reserve234
20Sabi Sands Game Reserve - Rest Day0
21Sabi Sands Game Reserve - Rest Day0
22Sabi Sands Game Reserve - Rest DayManziniTBC
23ManziniCathedral Peak311
24Cathedral PeakClarens430
25ClarensGariep Dam244
26Gariep DamGraaff Reinet427
27Graaff ReinetPlettenberg Bay252
28Plettenberg BayOudtshoorn402
30Hermanus - Rest Day0
32StellenboschCape Town138
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“A stupendous rally, really outstanding. Extremely well organised and action packed. An abiding memory will be of the great camaraderie and endless laughter.
We cannot think of a single thing that would have made it better”

Adrian & Barbara Shooter (1930 Ford Model A) – The Road to Mandalay Rally 2014

“Thank you for three unforgettable weeks, the mixture of laughter, friendship, culture, history, driving and fun. What a cocktail!”


Xavier del Marmol & Ines Bodmer (1937 Chevrolet Master DeLuxe) – The Thunder Dragon Rally 2015

“Retro-Speed magazine can thoroughly recommend Paris-Madrid. A great event and great fun but still a challenge. We enjoyed every minute”

Peter Baker (1939 Citroen Traction Avant) – Paris-Madrid Rally 2014

“Words cannot express how amazing this rally was – truly a once in a lifetime experience!”

David & Adele Cohen (1931 Ford Model A) – The Thunder Dragon Rally 2015

“What a trip! Another fantastic Rally Round effort – seamless logistics, excellent route and wonderful activities. Once again you and your team created a superb experience. We had a fantastic time in Japan and we look forward to our next outing!”

Paddy Walker & team (1937 Buick Coupe) – The Samurai Challenge 2017

“This wonderful rally will live long in the memory”

Octane magazine – Paris-Madrid Rally 2013

“The best, most exciting rally we have ever done”

Xavier del Marmol & Ines Bodmer (1937 Chevrolet Master DeLuxe) – The Road to Mandalay Rally 2014

“A fantastic rally – we thoroughly enjoyed it!”

Ries & Lenie Oostlander (1957 Mercedes-Benz 220S) – The Samurai Challenge 2017