Jean-Louis SCHLESSER and his team have just returned from reconnaissance after three
weeks traveling through Morocco, Mauritania and Senegal, to complete a route mixing the best stages of all the editions,
but also including many novelties.
On 15 March 2022, the entire caravan of the AFRICA ECO RACE will arrive in Nador, entry
point to the African continent and start of this 14th edition. This year, the first section will be 100% new and shorter
than in 2020 with a longer special stage. As always, an excellent warm-up, to find your driving and navigation
For the rest of the Moroccan route, the special stages will combine the most beautiful
tracks and dunes of the country with some unexplored parts in order to continue the discovery of this very demanding
As traditionally, after five Moroccan stages, the AFRICA ECO RACE caravan will set up
its bivouac in Dakhla for the rest day, on Sunday March 20, 2022, along the ocean, for everyone’s pleasure.
Then, down to Mauritania, for a second week of racing that many competitors dread but
also impatiently await. After crossing the border between the two countries, a 200-kilometer special stage will give you a
taste of the Mauritanian sand. The first bivouac will be set up near Chami, where visa formalities will take
Although the route will include the usual two loops, which will give some rest to the
assistance, Mauritania will deliver its share of surprises with a majority of new stages, where navigation will be, as
always a priority, especially during several off-track parts.
Some great news for this 2022 edition: an ADDITIONAL special stage will take place in
Senegal. This completely new stage will take competitors on tracks through the typical Senegalese steppe. With many
navigation challenges, this stage could change the result of the race, right until the last bivouac set up in
After a pleasant last evening in Senegal, where the bivouac will be entertained by the
arrival of VIPs and families, the iconic special stage along the “Lac Rose” will be the last opportunity to make the
engines roar before driving up the arrival podium, the main goal for all the AFRICA ECO RACE competitors.
The recce impressions from Jean-Louis SCHLESSER:
“ What a joy to be back in Africa, to reunite with this magnificent playground, its wide open spaces and the spirit of
freedom. It is therefore a beautiful 2022 edition which is being prepared, both in terms of the route, but also the amount
of participants and quality of the competitors registered. I will look forward to seeing you on March 12, 2022 in Monaco,
for the official start of the 14th edition of the AFRICA ECO RACE . "
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