For unique, life-changing experiences, it’s probably at the top of the list.
East African Safari Classic Rally
The organisers tag it as “the world’s greatest classic rally”. Ballsy, but they have a point. It’s extremely tough, yet regulars such as Porsche specialist Richard Tuthill are near evangelical about the appeal of rallying through Kenya, where roads disappear overnight and hazards are as likely to include a hungry lion as the infamous red mud. The East African Safari Classic was inspired by the glory days of the Safari Rally, devised in 1953 to honour Queen Elizabeth’s coronation. The Classic, first run in 2003, is open to two-wheel-drive, normally aspirated FIA rally cars built before 1986. Over nine days it covers 5000km (3100 miles) through the remarkable landscape of Kenya and Tanzania, passing through national parks and stopping overnight at some of Africa’s finest lodges. It’s tough, there’s no getting away from that, and to take part you need an experienced back-up crew. But for unique, life-changing experiences, it’s probably at the top of the list.