It came. It would happen. The crazy curved ball turned upside down by Safari Rally Kenya 12 months ago was about to be thrown straight.
And then the rain came.
And the rain didn’t just come, it pelted. The noise as it bounced off nearby rooftops was extraordinary, but more importantly, the speed with which it turned streets into rivers was breathtaking.
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Hyundai Motorsport man Thierry Neuville then crashed into a tree and teammate Oliver Solberg crashed into him as he tried to motorboat through one of Africa’s deeper mud puddles.
In no time the dark black clouds had flipped their switch and cranked the entertainment level up a notch or two. And let’s face it, Safari Rally Kenya is one of the highlights of the season in terms of theater before the cars have even turned a wheel.
Last weekend, the FIA World Rally Championship showed itself in all its glory. Visiting places like Nairobi and Naivasha brings something very different and hugely special to the calendar.
Where else can you enjoy the Beast of a Feast? The Carnivore Restaurant keeps what the name promises. It’s not for everyone, but sitting down to a plate of crocodile with a side of ostrich was quite a unique moment.
It’s in the countryside where Africa really works its magic on you. A stone’s throw from the Sleeping Warrior Stage, which turned heads on Saturday afternoon, is Hell’s Gate National Park – the site that inspired Walt Disney’s The Lion King.
Seeing the real Simba and Mufasa isn’t as difficult as you think – and if you’re really lucky, you might be treated to a flyby of a bearded vulture or a black eagle. As much as we love Sardinia before and Estonia after, when it comes to wildlife, nothing quite comes together with Round 6.
And for the second time in a row, the dramaturgy on the stages more than did justice to the spectacle of the backdrop and the power of the panorama. The vast majority of crews went home with an African story, but Kalle Rovanperä’s story was the one they all wanted.