Budapest-Bamako reinforces security ahead of the 2016 rally to Mali
Nov 20, 2015- We’re deeply shocked and saddened by the barbaric terror attack in the Malian capital, Bamako. We can only express our heartfelt sympathy to the loved ones of today’s victims.
For the past 11 years the ghost of terrorism has been haunting the Budapest-Bamako, much like it’s been haunting our entire world. People have been asking us all day: is the Budapest-Bamako safe? We can only answer with more questions. Is it safe to go to a rock concert in Paris? Is it safe to attend a funeral in Baghdad? Is it safe to go to a disco in Bali? Is it safe to run the Boston marathon or go to work in the morning in New York?
Our job is to provide the highest level of security and protection during the rally. After today’s events we requested the Interior Ministry of Mali for a review of the current security protocols and an increase of security measures. We also ask the participants to follow our safety precautions and guidelines, just like we do it every year.
We, as people can only do two things to fight terrorism: live our lives and not fear. We can’t allow anyone keep us in fear. If we canceled the Budapest-Bamako we’d bow down to terrorism and hand victory over to the evil doers.
By letting the rally take place we give the freedom to choose to all participants. Whether you want to stay at home or join the caravan to Bamako, it is your own personal free choice and it should always remain that way.
Where the Dakar left off…
The once legendary Dakar Rally has left one spiritual heir in Africa. The Budapest-Bamako keeps the flame of trans-Saharan driving adventures alive. The start is not Paris, the finish is not Dakar, the costs are not the same, but the experience and the spirit of adventure has not changed. 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. Year after year, the Budapest-Bamako is a demanding epic adventure.
Rocky roads. Sahara. Savannah.
The start in Budapest is a major event with thousands lining the streets of the Hungarian capital. The route takes you through Austria, Italy, France and Spain along the coast. Teams drive on paved and offroad sections through Morocco, Mauritania and Mali before reaching Bamako. No one has to go home for not being able to complete a stage. There are shortcuts and detours along the way so everyone can make it Bamako. The exact route of the 2015 event will be announced in late April 2014,
Friends. Parties. Deserts.
The Budapest-Bamako is about community. It’s about meeting new people. It’s about sharing meals, drinks and stories at the end of each day. It’s about visiting local villages in Africa bringing gifts and learning about each other. It is about destroying stereotypes. It is also about having a good time. In 2010 don’t miss our Star Wars Theme Party and and annual B2 Beach Party.
The Budapest-Bamako is the biggest charity rally in Africa. In 2009 and 2010 we delivered close to 700,000 Euros worth of aid. We dug a fresh water well in a Mauritanian village. We gave an incubator, sterilization equipment and other medical supplies to a free clinic that operated with pre-historic tools in a Bamako slum. We erected solar panels in villages, gave bicycles to women who have no transportation. We support the work of schools that rescue childred from day labor. Several teams gave their cars as ambulances to villages, One car donated their van to the Institute For The Blind as a school bus. Charity begins in your heart. Be creative. Be generous. Each year the team performing the most outstanding charity work receives the Mother Teresa Charity Award.