http://africansafarimarathon.com ?

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  1. tehdutchie

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    Anyone have any inside knowledge about the above? Organiser okay etc etc?

    5 dutchies planning to take plunge and run ahead of the lions.
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    Antal,
    There was a South African bloke at Geraldton at the end of the Safari handing out his business card promoting this event. George Brooker, Race Director. He was telling us how cheap it would be for us Aussies to race over there because of the exchange rate for SA rands.

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    Yes, George Booker is keen to do something and announced a 7 day event next year. It seems like it could be a series of loops over seven days around Vredendal in the western cape as the fixed bivouac. I understand it will be full road book navigation. George apparently attended the Australasian safari this year as an observer to "learn" the ropes. It nevertheless remains to be seen whether this will actually happen, because after the original announcement in March/April this year, there has been no further progress update.

    Regardless later this month will be the third edition of the Amageza Safari rally, also in South Africa. This year its a full blown road-book desert rally, covering a very tough 1,900km in just three days. In the Dakar spirit of old Africa, the route is designed to be gruelling. It is expected by the organiser's that only some will be able to finish this event.


    More on this event here.


    The entry fee was only about $600.
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    Yep, he was around the whole week, George as BlueBull stated, had a few little chats with him.

    Trying to find out how 'real' this event will be, if possible at all.

    Will give it a few months to see if more details become available.
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    I have been following the Amageza, perhaps 2014 :) Shipping a bike for only a 3 day event is a bit over the top imho.
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    Yeah I agree, 3 days is not worth it...Unless you want to do some riding around as well.

    We will see what happens next year, but this years event almost did not happen thanks to the very expensive FIM fees which would have resulted in many locals turning away from the event. Eventually it went ahead without FIM and more on an informal basis.

    I think the vision is there to produce a 6 or 7 day event next year. Let's see.
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    I think it is the same everywhere, FIM or FIA fees (and required logistics) make it very hard to organise a pure amateur based event. Without a serious backer and support from the local governments (like the state of Western Australia) it is nearly impossible to organise.

    If you have the opportunity to organise without FIM or FIA 'interference' (like the way the Tuareg Rally moved to Tunesia, because of interference in Morocco) you can still have a world class event imho.
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