Safari Class

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Safari Class

What's the Safari class all about?

Adventure, Challenge, and Experiencing the Thrill of a Dakar style Rally!


The Safari class is for enthusiasts wanting to participate without a fully-prepped race car or isn't ready for the pressure of racing. Join the Safari class and run on selected sections of the course without being timed or scored. Learn how to navigate, Dakar style, during the rally school and with roadbook and digital compass. Get a strong taste of the rally experience and great off-road adventure without the expense of an purpose-built race car or truck!


Required (Safari Car/Truck/SUV):

  • 4-Wheel Drive vehicle highly capable of negotiating deep sand dunes and other challenging terrain.
  • Street Legal
  • Street Licensed
  • Insured with a Mexican insurance policy, readily available for at a small cost, (link to vendors to be provided at a later date).
  • Minimum 31" Tires
  • Seat Belts
  • Full-size Spare Tire (more than one is preferred)
  • Sand Ramps
  • Hefty tow strap
  • At least 3 liters of drinking water per person in vehicle
  • Resettable rally-style odometer (TerraTrip or ICO Rallye Max-G recommended)
  • Garmin or Lowrance GPS with microSD or SD card slot, and capable of displaying downloaded tracks,

contact Scott if you have questions about compatible GPS units and any other GPS issues.

  • $200 extra for each additional person in vehicle beyond driver and navigator.
  • Satellite Phone

Strongly Recommended:

  • Shovel (Car/Truck/SUV only)
  • Floor Jack
  • Digital Compass Heading Repeater (this function is built into the ICO Rallye Max-G).
  • SPOT or InReach satellite tracker


NOT Required (but still good to have):

  • Roll cage (car/truck/SUV)
  • Off-road racing experience


What's planned for the Safari course?

We will run the Safari class through approximately 50% of the race course that the other classes will be competing on, generally the more passable sections. Expect challenging but manageable desert terrain, including a fair amount of moderate sand dunes. There is likely to be somewhat more highway liaison for the Safari class in order to get you back to the bivouac. Given the somewhat lower speeds we hope you will travel compared to the other classes, over less total distance, you might expect to get back to the bivouac at approximately the same time as the other classes. We might also route you to a location or two where the other classes will pass, so you can stop for a while and watch some of the racing action. The Safari class is not timed or scored, so there is no winner or loser. Primarily what we are aiming for is to give Safari class participants a fantastic adventure, over new and challenge off-road terrain, in a format that mimics what competitors experience in the famous Dakar Rally, but at a far more affordable price.