WHAT IS the Put Foot Rally?

 Any Car - Any Route - 6 Countries - 6 Checkpoints across Southern Africa over 8000km in 18 Days!
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Is it a race? NO... 
Is it a test of survival and endurance? MAYBE...  

Is it an EPIC African Adventure with challenges around every corner, wild animals, deserts, canyons, mountain ranges, forests, lakes, oceans and national parks... a chance to meet great people, experience different foods, cultures and traditions the most incredible opportunity to see the very best of Africa? ABSOLUTELY!


The Vibe

Awesome Vehicles

Awesome things to see

Awesome People

Doing awesome good!

 

T.I.A = This. Is. Africa! 

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Here we have beautiful countries, rainbow nations galore, filled with people who all know how to bend a good party until the cows come home. Here fun is driven by the hooligan within!

How many times have you sat around that  BBQ /braai, having a few dops with your choms, talking & wishing you could check out the great sites of Southern Africa?  So what are you waiting for...?

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Who Should Do The Put Foot Rally

Those who see themselves as explorers, unafraid to chart the uncharted, unfazed by running out of petrol or losing a tyre... in the middle of a pack of lions or herd of elephants.

This adventure is for those who listen to the Garmin and Tom-Tom girls for their sexy voices and for those who laugh in the face of a 2-minute noodle diet.

If you are that person... the passionate adventurer who takes life as it comes... then this is for you!

“An adventure is defined as an exciting or unusual experience; it may also be a bold, usually risky undertaking, with an uncertain outcome.”
— Oxford Dictionary / Google
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The LEGENDS ONLY Policy

This is an UN-ASSISTED ADVENTURE! 

- No Medical Backup

- No Mechanical Backup


- No Planning Assistance

It is YOUR adventure! Go to it!

If anything about driving into the unknown, makes your arse quiver, or if you have a habit of moaning at the first sight of difficulty, and a constant need for your hand to be held through your preparations... then for goodness sake stay at home, this is not for you!  

This is a limited entry event, which means only a few people get to experience this event each year. 

We only want the deserving to join us, legends who will be remembered for their awesomeness, and ability to go with whatever comes their way, and above all, those able to create smiles and vibes out of thin air!

 

CHARIOTS , WAGONS AND WHEELS!

The heart and soul of the Put Foot Rally are our participants and their incredible, whacky and colorful vehicles!  From Scooters, old school Mini Coopers, Bentleys, VW Hipy Vans, Citi Golfs, to the latest Land Rovers and Hiluxes, we have seen them all!  

HQ has decreed that there shall be no restriction on the size of the machine that will turn the rubber of your chariot. This is the chance to finally bury the stories of those “ahem, city enthusiasts’ who are known to use ‘Spray-on Dirt’ to boost their “street cred”. Bring your 1.4L Citi Golf, your V8 Range Rover or your 125cc Vuka Scooter and let's get this adventure started!

Choose your vehicle class, grab some friends, pack a map and tent, and join us for the greatest road trip adventure on the face of the Earth!

 *Doors are required... we do not want to see you eaten by a lion!  

*Doors are required... we do not want to see you eaten by a lion!
 

 4 WHEEL DRIVE              |  TONS OF SPACE & VERY COMFY  RELIABILITY >95%         |  THIRSTY IF FULLY LOADED  EVERYONE SECRETLY THINKS YOU'RE SOFT - BUT WANT AN ICE COLD BEER FROM YOUR FRIDGE
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 ** Motorbikes may not enter National Parks, same reason.

** Motorbikes may not enter National Parks, same reason.

TWO NEW WAYS TO JOIN THE FUN!


THE ROUTE

The route is approximately, roughly, sort-of, in-the-region-of 9000km / 5000 miles, give or take 500km’ish.

Crews will be traveling across 6 incredible countries: South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique... If you end up in Angola, Tanzania or Kenya... you've probably gone too far! 

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DISCLAIMER: We do not guarantee that you will make it to the finish line or your personal safety, but that is entirely what this is all about... an adventure that will leave you with enough stories to tell around the fire for years to come!


COUNTRIES

  SOUTH AFRICA    Population:  50 million  Languages:  11 Official. Mostly English, Afrikaans, Xhosa and Zulu.  Currency:  Rand  Road Condition:  Excellent  I’ll get locked up for:  Saying the word “Nkandla!"   Top Attractions:  Table Mountain, Springboks, Bafana Bafana, Chad Le Clos, Chad's Dad, Charlize Theron, Kruger Park, Leon Schuster  
  ZAMBIA    Population:  12 million  Languages:  11 Official,  mainly English, Bemba, Nyanja  Currency:  Zambian Kwacha   Road Condition:  Excellent  I’ll get locked up for:  Trading illegal diamonds or using profanity in public   Top Attractions:   The magnificent Zambezi River and the incredible Victoria Falls! Crocodiles, hippos, elephants, man-eating fish! White River Rafting, Bungee Jumping and plenty plenty of activities to satisfy your adrenaline cravings!
  NAMIBIA    Population:  2 million  Languages:  9 Official, mainly English, Afrikaans and German  Currency:  N$ or ZAR Rand  Road Condition:  Excellent (LOOONG straights!)  You'll get locked up for:  Getting out your car in a National Park!   Top Attractions:  Fish River Canyon, world famous red sand dunes of Sossusvlei, Etosha National Park, the Kalahari Desert & the Skeleton Coast
  MALAWI    Population:  15 million  Languages:  2 Official,  mainly English, Chichewa  Currency:  Malawi Kwacha / U.S Dollar / SA Rand  Which side of the road:  Left  Road Condition:  Good... but be careful, because there are people everywhere.  I’ll get locked up for:  speeding and not having 3rd party insurance.   Top Attractions:   Lake Malawi, Peri-Peri, Home-baked bread, beaches, diving, fishing, boating and the people!
  BOTSWANA    Population:  15 million  Languages:  1   Official: Portguege, some English here and there..  Currency:  Mozam Metical / U.S Dollar  Road Condition:  Not so good! Potholes and huge speedbumps  I’ll get locked up for:  speeding, incorrect vehicle papers, cheekiness.   Top Attractions:   The best peri-peri chicken, beaches, warm sea waters, tropical climate, and the best seafood in the world!  
  MOZAMBIQUE    Population:  15 million  Languages:  1   Official: Portguege, some English here and there..  Currency:  Mozam Metical / U.S Dollar / SA Rand  Which side of the road:  Left  Road Condition:  Not so good! Potholes and huge speedbumps  I’ll get locked up for:  speeding, incorrect vehicle papers, cheekiness.   Top Attractions:   The best peri-peri chicken, beaches, warm sea waters, tropical climate, and the best seafood in the world!

THE FAMOUS CHECKPOINTS!

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Checkpoint are located at the heart of each each Southern African country, where a mega tasty, locally flavored meal and themed party await! 

South Africa, you will depart from Cape Town, home to the world famous Table Mountain. Namibia, we stop in the Animal Kingdom amongst the roaring lions of Etosha National Park. Botswana we spend a night on the famous Salt Pans with majestic starlit African skies overhead. In Zambia, you will arrive at the banks of the mighty Zambezi River under the falling mist of the powerful Victoria Falls. In Malawi, you'll be swimming off the white beaches of Lake Malawi, before crossing the Finish Line in the tropical paradise of Mozambique.

DRESS UP AND COME PREPARED FOR A PARTY!

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 CHECKPOINT ZAMBIA "African Explorers and Adventurers"
 CHECKPOINT NAMIBIA "Hunters and The Hunted"
 CHECKPOINT MALAWI "No Moon Lumo Beach Party"
 CHECKPOINT BOTSWANA  "Pan Pyjama Party"
 CHECKPOINT MOZAMBIQUE "Pirates of Put Foot"
 

WHERE YOU SLEEP IS UP TO YOU

Most Checkpoint will have multiple options to cater for your accommodation preference... glampers welcome!

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CHARITY / DOING GOOD

Best vibes ever! You will take part in directhands-on charity work during the rally and see exactly where where all the charity donations are put to work in making a real difference in the lives of those who need it most. Special stuff! 

Our Official Rally Charity is a little South African based charity: “The Put Foot Foundation

MISSION STATEMENT:

Giving young under-privileged children “Hope, Pride and Dignity”
through the gift of a pair of brand new, quality, school shoes!

What we do:

 Gifting young children in Africa with their first ever, pair of school shoes.  In 5 years we have gifted over 20,000 pairs of new school shoes
 Wildlife conservation of endangered animals: Rhino, Elephant, Lion, Leopard, Giraffe, Cheetah  donated over $60,000 over the last 3 years to rhino conservation projects in South Africa, including Project Rhino and the Thula Thula Rhino Orphanage.
 

How the charity works:

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Why?  Because gifting shoes is part of the rally vibe and each Put Footer will personally place new shoes onto the feet of underprivileged children during the rally.  Put Footers are also free to raise additional funds for Put Foot Foundation or a charity of their choice.


THE RANDELAS TO YOUR BUDGET

SO HOW MUCH RONT / WONGA / BUCKS ARE YOU GOING TO NEED?

Trying to work out a budget for any social rally is not as easy as predicting a Zimbabwean general election. In fact there are tons of things worth taking into account while planning.

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THINGS THAT WILL AFFECT YOUR BUDGET

Before you let your bean-counting co-pilot start hustling you for the last few coins in your underpants drawer, lets take a look what will influence your budget:

  • Vehicle: hiring or buying
  • Accommodation: camping or rooms
  • The number of people in your Crew
  • The route that your take, more countries, more border post costs
  • How thirsty your vehicle is
  • How thirsty your Crew is

The most economical way to do the Put Foot Rally is always going to be using a good wagon, with 4-5 people in your Crew, preparing meals for the group, and camping all the way around. This is after-all a budget trip around Southern Africa.

 Entry Fee  -  cars, bikes people, hire car, helicopter etc  Estimate R4300 - R5400 per person
 Food - takeaways, braai, baked beans, bread....   BIG $ to SMALL $ cooking on fire  Estimate: $7 - $30 per person / per day.
 Show fuel  - diesel or petrol , jerry cans, maybe drive fast = more fuel.  slow = less  Estimate: R8600 per vehicle (Ave 10l / 100km)
 Border Crossing Costs - Temporary Import permit, carbon tax, 3rd party insurance, visas  Estimate: R4000 (5x border crossings)
 Accommodation -   hotels $$$, chalets $$, tents $ (big /small), hammock small $  Estimate: $10 - $150 pppn 
 Fun Stuff -  Beer, White River Rafting, National Parks, Diving, Hot Air Balloons, Cell Phone  Estimate - Can you put a price on fun?!?

The Rules

Fact is... the rule of law in Africa is generally lacking… in abundance… everywhere. So for your average highly strung 21st century city dweller this event should be music to your ears.

The Put Foot Rally is your chance to break free! To live for 19 days without worry...  it is an opportunity to forget work and surround yourself with fun, friendly epic people and to live life to the full!  

All we ask, is that you abide by our event rules:

 Be Cool, Make Friends,  Be good to locals, be respectful "Good Morning Sir"  Go Big, Party Hard, Do Good, Stay Safe  Shoes = Smiles
 No to Politics, Racism, Religion  No to drunk assholes, No racing, Never lose your temper,    
 No Drink & Drive. EVER.  0% cool.  Jail = Malawi = Bad.  Bad Things.

THIS IS AN ADVENTURE

THE "YOU ARE NOT AT THE TOP OF THE FOOD CHAIN" POLICY

Let’s be absolutely clear: In Africa the lion is given the title "King of the Animal Kingdom" for a really, really good reason. When in a National Park: If you feel the urge to open your window or even, a need to get out of your vehicle to take a nice close up picture of the big pussy cat... You will, 110%, be on a hiding second-to-nothing, and you will most likely suffer a horrific, very painful and agonizing entry into the next life. 

THE "ME, MYSELF, I AND ME" POLICY

This means that you, your crew, your wheels, your everything... are planning, operating and taking part in this epic adventure, under your own auspices from start line to finish line. i.e. you are definitely on your own / op jou eis – and therefore you cannot sue us for everything we own, including our biltong, beer, hot chicks, and samoosas etc… if it all goes wrong!

Look after yourself, always abide the laws of each country, never forget that you are a guest, and be polite and respectful. Always.


"THE ROAD GOES ON FOREVER...
AND THE PARTY NEVER ENDS"