take an adVANTURE goes Africa - Dust Diesel Rallye.By Elisa | On 20. Dezember 2018 take an adVANture · On December 20, 2018
Dust Diesel rally. Do you know this joyful tingling sensation in the stomach region, when you have decided on a destination? And even if it takes months before it finally starts, you can hardly wait? Yes? I am so for weeks. Here in the Allgäu, in my cuddly house-shared apartment, is now diligently planned, researched and philosophized. Because the countdown is on ...
I'm going to ride a rally again! Together with husband and friends we will start next May, almost exactly two years after we made our way to Jordan in the course of the Allgäu-Orient-Rally . This time it's another continent, another track, another rally: The Dust Diesel Rally, from Tarifa in Spain to St. Louis in Senegal. Towards the desert, through Morocco in the footsteps of the Paris-Dakar Rally.
Dust Diesel Rallye - Rallye Humanitaire.
The Dust Diesel Rally is an amateur rally for anyone traveling to West Africa twice a year. At the end of the tour, the vehicles will be sold, the proceeds of which will be donated to a German-Mauritanian aid project for disadvantaged children in Mauritania (AEPN Mauretanienhilfe eV, a non-profit organization supporting children, adolescents and their families).
A maximum of 25 cars make their way through desert and oriental cities, over gravel roads and along the sea.
Dust Diesel Rallye - The route.
The official starting point of the rally is a campsite in Tarifa in Spain. The very next day, a ferry will take us and our cars to Morocco (meanwhile my third trip through the country), where the adventure finally begins. Fès, Marrakech, the Atlas Mountains, some sections of the legendary Paris-Dakar Rally, desert oases, the Atlantic coast of Western Sahara ... These are just a few of the stops that are already sounding very promising.
Through Mauritania, the convoy then moves quickly until we reach St. Louis in Senegal. Shortly thereafter, the plane leaves Dakar for home. That's it - summarized in 3 weeks in a few lines, because I save more for the subsequent travel report.
Dust Diesel Rallye - The vehicles.
Despite some offroad stages through desert and sand, we will not need 4x4 vehicles. Only a lift of the car is mandatory, as well as a stable underrun protection. Size, shape and age do not really matter, but Mercedes W201, W124, W202 and W203 sedans are recommended - simply because they generate the highest sales revenue in Mauritania.
No vehicle is still in our shortlist. Therefore, a call in their own right: Who of you still have a roadworthy, like in the years come around car has (TÜV until at least May 2019), so one with soul and diesel engine, and the jewel for his last trip still a little adventure would like to treat ... He knows where he finds me.
If you are interested in the travel reports of my last rally, then you will find them clenched under the slogan Allgäu-Orient-Rallye . In addition to the two tours mentioned here, there are other exciting Amareurrallyes in and around Germany, which I have listed in a separate article: rallies for everyone .
We sleep in the car or in the tent. The whole adventure means so much dust, sand, thousands of miles, starry desert nights and countless evenings at the campfire. It also means a wide variety of smells, from spicy aromatic to musty sweet, and delicious food.