2016 Route- DESTINATION BAMAKO
In 2016 the rally returns to its original roots and the spiritual finish line of the adventure, Bamako. The route is expected to be spectacular and demanding and as always, full of unexpected twists, turns and adventure. For teams in racing and 4×4 adventures the route will be spectacular, but slightly less demanding than in previous years. For bikers it will be difficult, but stunning.
START – BUDAPEST JANUARY 15th, 2016
The rally will once again depart from one of Europe’s most beautiful cities, Budapest.
There will be only one extra long marathon stage in Europe. Teams will have to get to Genoa or one of the Spanish ports for the ferry crossing. Race tasks will only take place in Hungary and Slovenia on the night of the start.
Spectacular mountain roads, rocky paths across the Atlas and the Sarhro will take teams to the Bani mountains and old Dakar pistes. The rally will travel on the warmer, less wet Eastern side of the country thus avoiding rain and snow. Morocco will be demanding with its complex stages but the days will be shorter giving ample time to experience and discover this amazing country. In an around Zagora and Erg Chigaga teams will get a glimpse of touareg life and Saharan cultures before continuing onto the dirt tracks of the Sahara. The rally will spend a night around the secret thermal spring of Dakhla.
The rally will spend almost 5 days in Mauritania with some classic destinations and pure Saharan driving. Expect golden sand dunes, soft desert paths and fast salt flats. We’ll pass through the Banc D’Arguin National Park, return to the B2 Beach near Banc D’Arguin National Park. Extreme off-road teams and race teams will have a chance to driving from the Beach to Atar and then south along the most epic tracks of Mauritania to Tidjikja and Kiffa.
Mali will provide 3 classic sub-saharan days before reaching the capital, Bamako. We’ll reach the Felou Falls for the first time and travel to Mahina along friendly African mud villages.
2016 Official Route
Please keep in mind that the stages may change any time even during the rally.
IMPORTANT: If you live in Spain, Portugal, Italy and France and don’t want to come to Budapest you may join the rally in Morocco.
|1||Jan 15,16,17,18||Budapest-Midelt (SUPER MARATHON 4 DAYS)||3629 km|
|2||Jan 19||Midelt-Merzouga||268 km|
|3||Jan 20||Merzouga-Erg Chigaga||429 km|
|4||Jan 21||Erg Chigaga-Assa||397 km|
|5||Jan 22||Assa-Laayoune||546 km|
|6||Jan 23||Laayoune-Dakhla||538 km|
|7||Jan 24||Dakhla-BouLanoar (rest day)||385 km|
|8||Jan 25||Bou Lanoar-B2 Beach||250 km|
|9||Jan 26||B2 Beach-Atar
|11||Jan 28||Tidjikja-Kiffa||272 km|
|12||Jan 29||Kiffa-Kayes||590 km|
|13||Jan 30||Kayes-Toukoto||310 km|
|14||Jan 31||Toukoto-Bamako||262 km|
Average: 549 km /day