Vintage car rally on maps for Matabeleland North

The Chronicle

Leonard Ncube at Victoria Falls
A VINTAGE car rally is planned in Matabeleland North with a fleet set to leave Bulawayo today for a four-day ‘fun on wheels’ ending in Victoria Falls.

Yesterday, the organizers were still finalizing the list of participants.

The concept was developed by the Zimbabwe Safari Rally at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic when regular safaris were suspended and it seeks to create a unique and proudly Zimbabwean adventure and event that combines classic cars and travel with a love bush and wildlife. .

Organizers said far from being a race, the idea is to have fun using the not-so-fashionable vintage cars through the bush, with the ultimate aim of supporting the tourism and conservation industries.

The route begins in Bulawayo and passes through the rural communities of Matabeleland North in Hwange National Park to Hwange Safari Lodge and back into the National Park en route to Victoria Falls.

It’s a combination of ride, fun and sightseeing, with interactions with various tourism and conservation stakeholders along the way.

Vehicles must meet certain requirements, specifications and ages to participate in the rally.

“We are limited to a small number of participants as we can only accommodate a few in Hwange National Park.

Some of the vintage cars to be used for the car rally in Matabeleland North

“It’s not a race and it’s a non-competitive event. The idea was a culmination of rally styles such as the East African safari rally in Kenya, the Mongolian-style rally in Mongolia and Top Gear-style humor,” organizers said in a statement.

The event is in its second year and organizers say it is growing.

“Thanks to the continued support of a growing audience and a large community of avid safari enthusiasts, car enthusiasts and captains of industry, we have managed to help boost many small businesses in Zimbabwe by partnering to them to welcome and serve the participants, and we feel it’s a ‘win-win’ for all.

“In addition to this and with conservation at the heart of everything we do, we have endeavored to support Friends of Hwange and help raise awareness of their work in Hwange National Park,” organizers said.

The initiative has received overwhelming support from a variety of partners as it showcases Bulawayo, Hwange National Park and Victoria Falls, in line with the country’s drive to promote domestic tourism through sustainable approaches. multi-faceted, including sport, among the initiatives. — @ncubeleon

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