The race will start on the 19th
of November 2011 in Dakar, the capital of Senegal. From there our routing will be via the city of Kaolak to the border of the Republic of the Gambia, which is the smallest country on mainland Africa. We will cross Gambia along the Gambia River in less than 4 days. Back in Senegal we shall be heading for the border to Mali. On the 19th
of November we shall be reaching the city of Kayes which is nicknamed the "pressure cooker of Africa" due to its extreme heat!
From here on the route is different as published previously and will not go to Timbuktu anymore. According to the newest planing we are racing via Bamako on a very southerly route to the border of Burkina Faso and from there on via the cities of Sindou, Banfora, Bobo-Dioulasso and the Nazinga Game Ranch to Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso. Thereafter we are heading for the Pendjari National Park in the state of Benin, the National Park is named after the Pendjari River and known for it's wildlife, namely Elephant, Lion, Leopard, Buffalo, Monkey, Roan Antelope and Hippopotamus. The race goes on through the territory of the Tammari (the main attractions here are the Tata Sombas, two-story fortified houses) to Abomey, formerly the capital of the ancient kingdom of Dahomey. After crossing the boundary to Togo we will be cycling through the cities of Kpalimé and Atakpamé heading for the border to Ghana.
"Akwaaba" welcome in Ghana! The National Park of Mole is the largest park of Ghana, it is home to Buffaloes, Roan Antelopes, Elephants, Warthogs, Hyenas and Leopards. After one rest day the race will continue to Komasi, the ancient capital of the Ashanti kingdom. Now it's only three more days to the finish-line in Kokrobite, a small, exotic fishing village at the beach 25 kilometres west of Accra. On the 25th of January, after 55 stages and 3.450 miles, the very first Timbuktu Race will come to an end with a victory celebration and a big party.