First of all, you’ll need a vehicle before you should even consider signing up. There are no restrictions on vehicles – you can come in anything that rolls, provided you have a valid license. You can drive a fancy, modern off-road vehicle if you like, but don’t expect local garages to be able to fix the computer! Anyway, speed is not really a factor; the event is more about endurance, preparation, navigation, and other survival skills. Lastly, remember that you’ll be living out of your vehicle for nearly 3 weeks, so choose wisely. Also, a 4WD is recommended if you want to enjoy every stage n the desert.
If you want to make your life easier and rent a fully prepared vehicle for the trip (especially useful for overseas teams), we can offer you one of our nice 4WD’s. If you’d rather buy something for the trip we can help you in delivering a vehicle of your choice and budget. Whatever problems or questions you face regarding vehicles just contact us!
How do you sign up?
You can pre-register for the Trans Sahara Run by filling out the online registration form. This is a non-binding registration just to secure your place for the event. Your application will be processed and registered in our system, but your place will ONLY be confirmed after you send in the registration fee. You will get information about the next steps, along with information about payment, after the pre-registration process is complete.
There are two ways to participate in the Trans Sahara Run: competition and touring. The first decision: what category do you fit in?
If you sign up under the “Competition” category, you will be in a head-to-head battle with the other teams, trying to earn enough points to come out on top. First of all, teams need to make it to the day’s base camp by the deadline, as set out in the official route schedule. For earning points, you’ll need to solve tricky geocaching challenges along the route. Points are given for completed states and challenges. The winning team – the one that earns the most points during the run – will be announced at the official closing ceremony in Grand Popo. The winners get a mighty Trophy, along with a free entrance for 2 for the Deccan Odyssey Autorickshaw Challenge, known as an amazing race for the clinically insane!
In this category there are no rules, no timing, and no scoring – but that doesn’t mean it’s easy! The only thing that counts in the “Touring” category is getting through the day. Teams allowed to choose which route they take to get to the daily base camps, and can even skip stages if they want to go off on a side-trip on their own. The goal here is the journey itself, and to be involved in the parties and take part in the charity program.