Safari rally 2024 Returns to the Easter Weekend

By Timothy Albrite

The Safari rally made a return to Kenya in 2021 after a 19-year hiatus, reviving the country’s legacy as the host of one of the world’s toughest motorsports events. This is a significant moment for motorsport enthusiasts, fans and participants.

This year, the Safari rally will be held during the Easter weekend. ‘Easter na Safari rally’ is a tradition that dates back to the days of legendary rally driver Shekhar Mehta famously pronounced as Shakameta among rally fans who then, were school-going children but are now the parents of today.

The rally, a staple of Easter festivities in Kenya, holds a special place in the hearts of many, especially those who recall its glory days.

This is the third round of the arc series that will be held from March 28th to 31st. The Easter factor brings an extra dose of excitement, happening for the first time in 26 years, offering Kenyan fans a unique opportunity to immerse themselves fully in the adrenaline-filled action.

It is expected to be a beautiful family weekend as schools will also be closed, offering a unique opportunity for families to participate as spectators. Kenyans are expected to turn out in force, making it a delightful weekend outing for all. Moreover, with the rally serving as the anchor for a string of national championship events, the excitement is bound to reach fever pitch.

Notably, there has been a resurgence of local talent in the motorsport scene, with our homegrown rally champions making their mark once again.

There’s also been a noticeable increase in female participation, showcasing the growing inclusivity of the sport.

Looking ahead, the Ministry of Sports is throwing its weight behind the Talanta Hela Women’s Rally Team 2024, aiming to surpass the support garnered in the previous year.

Sports CS Ababu Namwamba reaffirmed the government’s commitment to the Safari rally, emphasizing its significance not only for Kenya but for the broader African continent. He urged the Kenya Motorsport Federation (KMSF) to uphold high standards in managing the event, ensuring its continued success and prestige.

Local drivers are also encouraged to step up and honor the legacy of Shekhar Mehta, who went head-to-head with world champions on the challenging Safari rally stages. The Ministry of Sports stands ready to support Kenyan drivers, providing them with the resources and backing needed to excel on the international stage.

As anticipation builds for the upcoming Safari rally during the Easter weekend, all eyes are on Kenya as it prepares to showcase its prowess in motorsport once again. With a rich history and a bright future ahead, the Safari rally promises to captivate audiences and reignite the spirit of adventure for fans young and old alike.

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