Kenyan President Jomo Kenyatta flagged away the first 20 cars at the start of the 19th East African Safari Rally in Nairobi on Thursday (8 April).
Kenyan President Jomo Kenyatta flagged away the first 20 cars at the start of the 19th East African Safari Rally in Nairobi on Thursday (8 April). The five-day rally takes in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda on its nearly 4,000 mile (6,400 kms)-long course.
The rally is considered to be the world's toughest and fastest.
Over 100 cars left Nairobi on Thursday and by Friday, when the drivers had passed through the Tanzanian capital of Dar es Salaam, overseas drivers seemed to be helding the early lead. The strong European challenge could lead to the first-ever overseas honours. Swedish drivers held the first three places early on Friday morning (9 April).
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SYNOPSIS:Crowds line the starting area in Nairobi for the beginning of the 19th East African Safari Rally which began in the Kenyan capital on Thursday (8 April)
Taking part in the starting ceremonies was Kenyan President Jomo Kenyatta who was presented first with an East African Safari Rally badge and then with a glass goblet. Among those in the rally, is last year's winner, a German-born Kenyan.
In all, over 100 cars waited as President Kenyatta prepared to start the rally.
The first car away was a Swedish Porsche driven by Ake Andersson.
During the rally, the drivers first head south for Mobasa on the coast and then cross into Tanzania, driving through mountains to Dar es Salaam. The first car is expected to complete the rally on Monday morning after a run over a rugged mountain road round Mount Kenya on the way to the finish in Kenya.
Drivers must contend with wide variations of temperature and altitude changes along the route. Road conditions were described by rally organisers as ranging from bad to abominable.
On Friday, as the drivers pushed through Dar es Salaam, overseas competitors were putting up a strong challenge - going for first - ever overseas honours. Swedish drivers held the first three places.