Rally Round Africa - Rally Round


1-27 October 2018

“The greatest part of a road trip isn’t arriving at your destination. It’s all the wild stuff that happens along the way”

An exhilarating and luxurious safari from Dar es Salaam to Cape Town

The adventure of a lifetime

Rally Round Africa 2018 is an exhilarating expedition exploring the iconic landscapes, cultures and wildlife of Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana, Swaziland and South Africa. Running from Dar es Salaam to Cape Town, the 6.700km route features everything from lush forests to awesome deserts, fertile vineyards, vibrant cities, legendary coastlines and fabulous game reserves – the 25-day itinerary includes no fewer than six safari drives, so participants are sure to see Africa’s ‘big five’ game animals (lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhinoceros) and much more besides. Staying in fabulous lodges and hotels, and dining in style, it’s the adventure of a lifetime.

The Rally Round team has extensive experience of organising events in Africa. Director and Royal Geographical Society member Liz Wenman has worked in South Africa and Kenya, whilst Route Designer and Clerk of the Course Kim Bannister and erstwhile Rally Coordinator Heidi Winterbourne have together run a number of very successful African rallies.

In keeping with our established philosophy, Rally Round Africa is a luxurious, relaxed and highly sociable event, suitable for expert and novice crews alike and open to any vintage or pre-1975-type classic car. Rally Round maintains a safety record second to none, and there will be no hazardous speed sections, night driving, car-breaking terrain or trick navigation – the entire route has been set out in a comprehensive roadbook by Kim and Nikki Bannister, who completed a detailed recce last November; you may download their report via the link on this page.

Spectacular drives will be spiced with timed regularity (time-speed-distance) sections for those who wish to compete but there will be alternative routes for those who prefer to tour, with plenty of rest days for all. You’ll find more details including the event regulations in the Rally Round Africa brochure, which you may also download via the link on this page

The rally is a truly international affair, with crews from Australia, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Sweden, UK and USA. Some of them are writing blogs, and you can find links to these in the entry list, below. You can also follow the event via our own rally blog, accessed via the button below, and you may even watch our progress via the live GPS tracker at the bottom of this page.

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Our great African adventure is complete! After a relatively easy final day, starting at the impressive, invitation-only Franschhoek Motor Museum and continuing with a spectacular drive along to coast to Cape Town, crews gathered at the Table Bay Hotel for a splendid gala dinner and prizegiving. Here the most successful competitors were presented with beautiful trophies – not the usual silverware but beaded animal figures made in the local community. Every finisher received an award, of course, and well-deserved congratulations are due to every participant. It has been a fabulous experience, and we will all be sorry to leave this wonderful continent.

For all of you who have followed our adventures over the last four weeks and wished you were taking part, don’t despair – it won’t be long before we’re back with Rally Round Africa 2021 – click here for details.

Do get in touch with us if you have any questions about this or any of our other events worldwide. We look forward to hearing from you!

Hire Car Category Winners

Gary Anderson and Harry Dobrzensky – Ford Ranger

Against All Odds Award Winners

Jeremy Holden and Victoria Oliver – 1955 Morgan Plus 4

Spirit of the Rally Award Winners

Laurie and Pam Lyford – 1938 Chevrolet Fangio Coupe

Team Award Winners

Team Austang

Alec and Barbara Hammond – 1965 Ford Mustang

Chris and Judy Beighton – 1965 Ford Mustang

Steve and Ruth Lambert – 1972 BMW 2002 Touring

Vintage Class Awards

3rd: Chris and Kathy Grace – 1938 Chevrolet Fangio Coupe

2nd: Neil and Alex Lawson-May – 1935 Buick Sedan

1st: Laurie and Pam Lyford – 1938 Chevrolet Fangio Coupe

Overall Vintage Category Winners

David and Barbara Berks – 1929 Chrysler 75

Pre-1966 Classic Class Awards

3rd: Jeremy Holden and Victoria Oliver – 1955 Morgan Plus 4

2nd: Chris and Judy Beighton – 1965 Ford Mustang

1st: Claudine Bloom and Andrew Twort – 1965 Volvo 122 Amazon

Post-1966 Classic Class Awards

3rd: Alastair Caldwell and Rachel Christodoulou – Mercedes-Benz 250 SL

2nd: Lorenzo Castellini and Paolo Melloni – 1973 Alfa Romeo Giulia Super

1st: Johan Gitsels and Walter Op T’Roodt – 1973 Porsche 911

Overall Classic Category Winners

Steve and Ruth Lambert – 1972 BMW 2002 Touring


NoDriverCo-DriverCarEngine Size (cc)Category
1David Berks (CAN)Barbara Berks (CAN)1929 Chrysler 754600Vintage
2Gary Anderson (CAN)Count Harry Dobrzensky (CAN)1930 Ford Model A Cabriolet3300Vintage
3Mark Winkelman (USA)Wouter van den Wall Bake (NLD)1932 Plymouth PB33213Vintage
4Laurie Lyford (USA)
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Pamela Lyford (USA)1938 Chevrolet Fangio Coupe3540Vintage
5Chris Grace (USA)Kathleen Grace (USA)1938 Chevrolet Fangio Coupe3540Vintage
6Mark Griffiths (GBR)Julian Griffiths (GBR)1938 Chevrolet Fangio Coupe3540Vintage
7Neil Lawson-May (GBR)
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Alex Lawson-May (GBR)1935 Buick Sedan4467Vintage
8Tony Allen (GBR)Fiona Applegarth (GBR)1951 Bentley Tourer4556Classic
10Jeremy Holden (GBR)
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Victoria Oliver (GBR)1955 Morgan Plus 42000Classic
11Dr Karl Schafer (DEU)Stephanie Schafer (DEU)1958 Mercedes-Benz 220 S2195Classic
12Philip Lindsten (SWE)Eva Schinkler (SWE)1959 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Veloce1650Classic
14Claudine Bloom (GBR)
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Andrew Twort (GBR)1965 Volvo 122 Amazon1800Classic
15Alec Hammond (GBR)Barbara Hammond (GBR)1965 Ford Mustang 5200Classic
16Chris Beighton (GBR)Judy Beighton (GBR)1965 Ford Mustang5200Classic
17David Owens (USA)Scott Owens (AUS)1965 Ford Mustang Convertible2600Classic
18Adrian Martin (GBR)Alison Martin (GBR)1965 Ford Mustang Fastback GT 5200Classic
19Marc De Nil (BEL)Michel De Nil (BEL)1971 Porsche 911 T2200Classic
20Steve Lambert (AUS)Ruth Lambert (AUS)1973 BMW 2002 Touring1990Classic
21Lorenzo Castellini (ITA)Paolo Melloni (ITA)1973 Alfa Romeo Giulia Super 1.3 1290Classic
22Johan Gitsels (NLD)Walter Op T'Roodt (BEL)1973 Porsche 9112400Classic
23John Davis (AUS)Colleen Davis (AUS)1974 Mercedes-Benz 2302300Classic
24Bob Sheeley (GBR)Joan Sheeley (GBR)1974 Ford Capri3000Classic
25Francis Verbeiren (BEL)Ilse Raemen (BEL)1976 Porsche 911S2700Classic
26Marco Fila (ITA)Stephanie Gout (MEX)1976 Bentley Corniche6750Classic
27Alastair Caldwell (GBR)Rachel Christodoulou (GBR)1967 Mercedes-Benz 250 SL2496Classic
28Paul Darrouzet (AUS)Christin Sondermann (DEU)1968 Shelby Mustang GT5007013Classic

“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