In 2020 the rally returns to West Africa, what’s shaping up to be the longest and most demanding route of the Budapest-Bamako. We’ve never ventured this deep into the heart of West Africa. The route is expected to be spectacular and difficult and as always, full of unexpected twists, turns and adventure. For teams in racing and 4×4 adventures the route will be stunning and very demanding. For bikers natural beauty, varied landscapes and backbreaking routes are expected.
WARNING: Please always keep in mind that this is a volatile part of the world. Changes can happen between now and the finish day of the rally at any time.
START – BUDAPEST JANUARY 31st, 2020
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 visit Mauritania’s most spectacular places 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 and return to the B2 Beach named after the rally. Extreme off-road teams and race teams will have a chance to driving in the deep sands of the Sahara.
Grassy, bushy savannas will welcome the rally in Senegal. Experience traditional African village life under ancient baobab trees as you navigate along dusty donkey tracks. Watch hippos and crocodiles in the Gambia river or visit the Simenti National Park to hang out with monkeys.
Dry savannas will be replaced by densely forested, wet green areas. We’ll pass through mountainous plateaus from central Guinea through northern Sierra Leone. The rally will visits the Fouta Djallon highlands in central Guinea.
From Guinea we will enter the magical land of Sierra Leone. Sierra Leone is one of the world’s most overlooked tourist destinations. Palm tree lined sandy beaches and quaint African villages await on the last stages of the rally. After a short stay at Bumbuna Falls we will reach the finish line on the coastal capital of Freetown. Finish line ceremonies are expected to be held at the country’s national stadium.
2020 Official Route
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.