World Cup Rally - London to Cape Town 2012 - Updated 18.11.11
We have an entry on the London to Cape Town Rally 2012 which is being flagged away from the Houses of Parliament on January 1st 2012 (the first time the Parliamentary buildings in Westminster have hosted an international rally) and arriving in Cape Town at the end of 29th January.
This event organised by the Endurance Rally Association (organisers of the Peking to Paris rally and over 50 long distance events (www.endurorally.com) is limited to 50 invited crews and this is the first rally to stage a timed-drive with the clock ticking every day from Europe to Cape Town on a route that aims to keep the wheels turning all the way. This “press on” challenge, with all vehicles prepared in a spirit of self sufficiency and without back up, will have the infrastructure of national motor-sport federations and clubs in every country we visit on this very special rally-adventure.
There has never been a rally that has linked mainland Europe with a complete drive of the African Continent from top to bottom with the route taking in three Continents, and 13 countries, covering 14,400 kilometres, within a set time-schedule and including daily off-road time trials.
The route drives across Europe before taking a ferry from Greece to to North Africa. After Egypt the route moves on to Saudi Arabia and on to Jeddah. From Jeddah we cross the Red Sea to Sudan, and a day’s run then brings us to Ethiopia, and a stunning mountain road takes us from the frontier deep into Ethiopia and the road to Kenya. Here we cross a demanding desert track and on to Nairobi for a day off …we then head south to Tanzania, driving from Arusha to Dodoma, and continue heading south for Zambia, where the local Motor Federation will be organising some Time Trials in the Plantations around Lusaka
After taking in the splendours of Victoria Falls at Livingstone, we cross the Caprivi Strip, the narrow passage of land that takes us into Namibia, lots of gravel roads here… finally into South Africa and on to Clanwilliam, gateway to the Cederberg Mountains, and our drive into Cape Town …the celebrations will be an all-night section run from the bar of the Table Bay Hotel!
We expect to see sand, mud, mountains, plains, deserts, bumpy and potholed roads, rough tracks and no tracks at all – with Africa saying “welcome, but expect the unexpected”, with no day appearing through the windscreen looking like the view we admired yesterday and no two days ever the same, to this extent we are trying to give back to Africa help by supporting UNICEF and between now and the event start we shall be collecting funds.
Route As November 2011 (subject to oragnisers changes)
||Scrutineering, Brooklands. London Start: 7.30pm
||London to Beaune via Dover-Calais ferry, 4.30am
||Beaune to Florence
||Florence to Ancona (Port) - ferry, 4pm
||Igoumenitsa (Port) to Kamena Vourla
||Kamena Vourla to Piraeus (Port) - ferry, 12am
||On Ferry - Rest Day
||Alexandria (Port) to Ain Sokhna
||Ain Sokhna to Safaga (Port) - ferry, 4am
||Duba (Port) to Yanbu
||Yanbu to Jeddah (Port) - ferry, 9pm
||Suakin (Port) to Gedaref
||Gedaref to Bahir Dar
||Bahir Dar to Awasa
||Awasa to Moyale
||Moyale to Marsabit
||Marsabit to Nairobi
||Nairobi - Rest Day
||Nairobi to Arusha
||Arusha to Dodoma
||Dodoma to Mbeya
||Mbeya to Mpika
||Mpika to Lusaka
||Lusaka to Livingstone
||Livingstone to Tsumeb
||Tsumeb to Windhoek
||Windhoek to Ai-Ais
||Ai-Ais to Clanwilliam
||Namibia, South Africa
||Clanwilliam to Cape Town
|Total distance (kms) :