A number of Kenyans have in recent days revealed sightings of a large group of stunning vintage vehicles travelling together.
Images shared on social media show several shiny vintage cars with rally number tags.
Unknown to many, however, the vintage cars and their owners are participants in the Southern Cross Safari 2020, a unique rally designed to ensure drivers get the best experience of national parks and reserves in addition to more aspects of the rich landscapes, culture and heritage found in Kenya and Tanzania.
Among the vehicles spotted were two WO Bentleys, a Vauxhall 30/98, two Mercedes Benz and four Porsches. All vehicles underwent thorough inspection ahead of the rally.
The rally began on February 15 in Watamu and is scheduled to end on March 5, taking the drivers across the country with several scheduled stops at high-end safari lodges and luxury hotels.
From Watamu, the drivers made their way to Kilaguni and, later, Amboseli before heading to Nairobi.
On Saturday, February 22, the seventh day of the challenge, the drivers took on a 100-kilometer loop at the Mount Kenya Safari Club.
The experience included driving, lunch and game viewing.
Rally Director Fred Gallagher of Rally The Globe revealed that the rally had been designed to offer the best game viewing experience devoid of large crowds.
The rally includes a stop at the private estate of Lord and Lady Delamere in Naivasha, Nakuru County.
“There are plenty of tests and regularity sections on the menu to ensure a competitive edge to this expedition, but the pace ensures there will also be plenty of time to enjoy leisurely dining in style and see the abundant game in fascinating landscapes,” a release from the event’s organizers read in part.
Drivers are expected to cover a total of 3,600 kilometers and go through nine different national parks before completing the rally.
“Exhilarating drives will give us amazing views of snow-capped mountains, including Kilimanjaro, and take us through wildlife-rich plains and grasslands where we can expect to see elephants, giraffes, cape buffalo, lions and hippos, as well as hundreds of different birds,” the organizers shared.