Ethiopian Adventure 2021 - Rally Round


November 2021

The first  UK organised rally to visit Ethiopia

Discover ancient Ethiopia

Rally Round is thrilled to be taking the first ever classic and vintage car rally to stunning Ethiopia.

It is unbelievable how far Ethiopia has come since the images of the early 1980s. Over 25-days, we will journey across this incredible country, taking is as much of the landscape as possible.

Our own Doctor John Llewellyn has vast knowledge of the country and has worked with the team to create a spectacular route that incorporates the Blue Nile, the castles in Gondor, the Simien Mountains, and Lake Tana to name a few.

The Ethiopian Adventure will start and finish in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa, the country’s largest city. From there, our route will cover approximately 4,800kms.

Because we want to focus on the journey and the amazing landmarks and sights to discover, this will be a non-competitive event and organised in the same vein as the Trans-Himalayan Adventure.

The accommodation will be the best hotel on offer as well as eco lodges and possibly one or two-nights camping.

Numbers for this event will be limited due to the restrictions on accommodation. This event is open to all vehicles. 

Watch the Top Gear Highlights

BBC Top Gear in Ethiopia 🇪🇹

What a fantastic first episode of Top Gear, filmed on location in #Ethiopia🇪🇹!Hosts Paddy McGuinness, Freddie Flintoff and Chris Harris drive through stunning landscapes of the Simien Mountains to reach the Afar Triangle - the hottest place on earth!📺 Full episode via BBC iPlayer (UK only): #VisitEthiopia

Posted by Embassy of Ethiopia, London on Monday, 17 June 2019
DayStart FinishKms
-2Addis Ababa - International Arrivals and Welcome Dinner
-1Addis Ababa - Car Collection and Scrutineering0
1Addis AbabaDebra Markos300
2Debra MarkosBahir Dar/Lake Tana220
3Bahir Dar/Lake TanaGondar175
4GondarSimien Mountains National Park105
5Simien Mountains National Park - Rest Days0
6Simien Mountains National ParkAxum270
9MekeleErta Alea Camp200
10Erta Alea CampSemera250
12Lalibela - Rest Day0
14KombolchaDebra Zeit/Bishoftu420
15Debra Zeit/BishoftuLake Langano160
16Lake Langano - Rest Day0
17Lake LanganoBale Mountains185
18Bale Mountains - Rest Day0
19Bale MountainsArba Minch390
20Arba MinchJinka265
21Jinka - Rest Day0
23AwassaAddis Ababa260
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