The Budapest-Bamako 2011 Rally!!

Budapest Bamako Rally 2011
The Budapest-Bamako Great African Run is now the largest amateur rally in the world, the largest rally across the Sahara and the most important charity car race in Africa. It promises a sense of adventure and the romance of Africa. The B2 also raises money and supplies for local communities and charities in Mali.

The once legendary Dakar Rally has left one spiritual heir in Africa - the B2 keeps the flame of the trans-Saharan driving adventure alive. Bump along the teeth rattling roads of Morocco. Tackle the golden dunes of Mauritania. Dash through the red clay roads of Mali under ancient baobab trees. This is a demanding adventure for man and machine. Year after year, the Budapest-Bamako is a demanding epic adventure.

A word from the founder of the event:
"2011 will be our most difficult rally to date. In addition to the driving and navigational hardships, teams will have to encounter the side effects of political turmoil in Mauritania. In Western Sahara participants have to pay attention to minefields around the track."

"Crazy" said my husband, "Exciting" said I!
Distance: 8 540 kilometers, 16 days & 9 countries to complete the most grueling route to-date.

The rally is not a timed event. Cars, motorcycles and trucks must finish daily stages on time and they must complete navigational challenges along the way and points are awarded.

"It's amazing that some of the road marking sand piles, that the Dakar bulldozers made for the 1994-95 rally are still here", added the Mr. Szabo. For the first time in the history of the B2 the 160 teams will pass through Senegal.

Drivers will have to complete the sandy sections around Lac Rose outside of Dakar. This iconic lake has been the grand finale of previous Dakar Rallies. From here four nerve-wrecking days will await the teams as they tackle herds of elephants and hippos in the Niokolo Koba National Park, must cross the Senegal river and navigate the dusty savannah roads of Mali. [Return...]

Team Crazy Baobab finished the rally - keeping the spirit of Afica alive!