• 19 spectator points along the route
• the camp site is back!
With 19 designated spectator points along the route the Toyota Kalahari Botswana 1000 Desert Race, round four and the halfway point of the Donaldson Cross Country Championship, the thousands of enthusiasts expected to watch the race from June 27 to 29 will be well catered for.
The event is the biggest social and sporting event of the year in Botswana, with locals and visitors from South Africa and neighboring territories turning out in their droves to catch the action.
The move to Jwaneng, home of the world’s richest diamond mine, was at the request of the Botswana Tourist Organisation.
The Desert Race brings a huge financial windfall to areas which stage the event, and the BTO authorities are keen for other regions to benefit.
“There are 19 designated spectator points along the route, along with numerous vantage points that will be well known to the local population.
The area had good rains in the wet season, and vegetation is nice and green”, said route director Adri Roets. He however noted that the route is going to be dry and very sandy with all the rocks, bushes and tree stumping part and parcel of this race.
For his part Botswana Tourism Organisation (BTO) acting CEO Brian Dithebe revealed that they keep moving the race from one area to another to ensure they come up with more challenging routes and for environmental reasons as well.
He said they are working with Jwaneng Authorities including the Mine to ensure the event is run smoothly and ensure they mitigate and minimise any inconveniences to the everyday life in Jwaneng.
“Last year we suspended the campsite owing to among others the need to rebrand the activity.
I am pleased to announce that the campsite is back and we have provided for various options for campers.
The options vary according to the services provided with an option for Do it Yourself”, he revealed.
The 100 kilometer route for the June 27 qualifying race to determine grid positions will take competitors from Jwaneng towards Sese before branching towards Mokhamma.
The course then doubles back to the finish at Jwaneng.
On day two of the race competitors will complete two loops of approximately 225 kilometres, with a 15 minute halt at the designated service point in Jwaneng at the end of the first lap.
The route again takes crews towards Makhomma, Lefhoko and Maokane before doubling back to the finish.
The third and final day will also see competitors complete two loops of approximately 190 kilometres, with another compulsory stop after the first lap.
This time the route heads towards Sese, Tshono, Tsonyane and Lefhoko on the way to the finish.
Competitors in Class G in the Production Vehicle category will complete a 60 kilometer qualifying race.
Crews will then complete one lap of the day two and day three courses.
The Toyota Kalahari Botswana 1000 Desert Race and an invitation motorcycle and quad race on June 27 and 28, to be organised by Botswana Motorsport, are again included in the Dakar Challenge.
The winners of the Desert Race and the invitation motorcycle race will receive free entries into next year’s Dakar Rally in South America.
Race headquarters, the start/finish and the designated service park will all be located at the Jwaneng sports complex and adjoining showground.
Public access to these areas will be restricted, but spectator points on the route are open to enthusiasts at no charge.
The qualifying race on Friday, June 27 will start at 11:30 and the race on Saturday and Sunday 28 and 29 June at 8:00