What is the Put Foot Rally?
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?
T.I.A = This. Is. Africa!
Southern Africa has beautiful countries, rainbow nations galore, all 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 drinks /dops with your mates /choms, talking & wishing you could check out the great sites of Southern Africa?
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
This is an UN-ASSISTED ADVENTURE!
- No Medical Backup
- No Mechanical Backup
- No Planning Assistance
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, wacky and colourful vehicles! From Scooters, old school Mini Coopers, Bentleys, VW Hippy 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 ‘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, grab some friends, pack a map and tent, and join us for the greatest social rally on the face of the Earth!
The route is approximately, roughly, sort-of, in-the-region-of 8000km / 5000 miles, give or take 500km’ish.
In a typical year the Put Foot Rally may take in countries such as South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique / Tanzania… Always good to know that if you’ve ended up in Angola, DRC or Kenya… you’ve probably gone too far!
2023 will be our first event since Covid… Southern Africa relies heavily on tourism, and the pandemic had a massive and dramatic impact on the region. We’ve changed the route and the rally will not encompass South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and finish in Zambia. Unfortunately due to economic, political and security reasons we have been forced to forgo the initial plans of including Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania / Zanzibar.
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! The route is subject to change, at any time (before or during the event too). T.I.A
WHERE YOU SLEEP IS UP TO YOU
At each Checkpoint we will provide a range of options to cater for your accommodation preferences.. that’s right, for those happy to pitch a tent – welcome to heaven. And for the rest who enjoy chalets, bnbs, hotels etc… there’s something for everyone! PS: glampers welcome! *Some checkpoints… rooms are normally very limited in some locations. TIA.
THE FAMOUS CHECKPOINTS!
A 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!
THE RANDELAS TO YOUR BUDGET
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.
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.
SO HOW MUCH RONT / WONGA / BUCKS ARE YOU GOING TO NEED?
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:
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 “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.
Best road trip ever. Amazing countries, scenery and vibe. You don’t need a big car or lots of gear or a big budget. I miss it every day…
Did the rally this year with a few good friends, and what an epic trip it was. From the adventures, scenery, drives to the wildest parties… and meeting the greatest people. This is a must do for anyone that has ever thought about Africa. I would do it all over again and again and again.
The best Africa has to offer! The best vibe, the best people, the best party, the best travel adventure in the Southern Hemisphere at the very least and by far the best adventure experience of my life… round 2: begin…
If you like adventures, road trips, seeing beautiful places, meeting amazing people AND doing something for a good cause, join the Put Foot Rally
Such an amazing experience, the sights, the scenery, the people, the parties and the general vibe. So great we had to do it in 2018 after the experience of 2017 and we are booked for 2019. An experience not to be missed!