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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! 
Results, reports and photographs will be available daily on the organisers website www.londoncapetownrally.com
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)

Date Route Country Kms
Jan 1 Scrutineering, Brooklands. London Start: 7.30pm UK 130
Jan 2 London to Beaune via Dover-Calais ferry, 4.30am France 610
Jan 3 Beaune to Florence France, Italy 840
Jan 4 Florence to Ancona (Port) - ferry, 4pm Italy 300
Jan 5 Igoumenitsa (Port) to Kamena Vourla Greece 470
Jan 6 Kamena Vourla to Piraeus (Port) - ferry, 12am Greece 490
Jan 7 On Ferry - Rest Day Mediterranean  
Jan 8 Alexandria (Port) to Ain Sokhna Egypt 350
Jan 9 Ain Sokhna to Safaga (Port) - ferry, 4am Egypt 460
Jan 10 Duba (Port) to Yanbu Saudi Arabia 520
Jan 11 Yanbu to Jeddah (Port) - ferry, 9pm Saudi Arabia 350
Jan 12 Suakin (Port) to Gedaref Sudan 720
Jan 13 Gedaref to Bahir Dar Sudan, Ethiopia 510
Jan 14 Bahir Dar to Awasa Ethiopia 760
Jan 15 Awasa to Moyale Ethiopia, Kenya 510
Jan 16 Moyale to Marsabit Kenya 250
Jan 17 Marsabit to Nairobi Kenya 540
Jan 18 Nairobi - Rest Day Kenya  
Jan 19 Nairobi to Arusha Kenya, Tanzania 410
Jan 20 Arusha to Dodoma Tanzania 440
Jan 21 Dodoma to Mbeya Tanzania 610
Jan 22 Mbeya to Mpika Tanzania, Zambia 500
Jan 23 Mpika to Lusaka Zambia 700
Jan 24 Lusaka to Livingstone Zambia 500
Jan 25 Livingstone to Tsumeb Zambia, Namibia 1050
Jan 26 Tsumeb to Windhoek Namibia 650
Jan 27 Windhoek to Ai-Ais Namibia 840
Jan 28 Ai-Ais to Clanwilliam Namibia, South Africa 650
Jan 29 Clanwilliam to Cape Town South Africa 330
Total distance (kms) :  (14,400)


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