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Rally Round Africa

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


Click here to download the Rally Round Africa brochure

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Click Here To Get The Recce Report By Kim Bannister

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.

The rally competition started in earnest yesterday with two regularity sections on the road from Lusaka to Livingstone, and our early leaders are Canadians David and Barbara Berks in their 1929 Chrysler 75 - the oldest car on the event; you can see a complete set of results by clicking the button below. After several spectacular days in Zambia and Botswana the rally has now reached Francistown; tomorrow - day 13 - we cross the "grey-green, greasy Limpopo" into South Africa, heading for the city of Polokwane.


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)
Click to view their blog
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)
Click to view their blog
Alex Lawson-May (GBR)1935 Buick Sedan4467Vintage
8Tony Allen (GBR)Fiona Applegarth (GBR)1951 Bentley Tourer4556Classic
10Jeremy Holden (GBR)
Click to view their blog
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)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

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