Toyota 1000 Desert Race 2017


Drawing thousands of motor sport fanatics from across the globe to the small town of Jwaneng in Botswana, the Toyota Kalahari Botswana 1000 Desert Race is upon us. A motor spot competition, the Toyota 1000 Desert Race takes place annually towards the end of June and is set to take place this year from Friday, 23 June, to Sunday, 25 June.

Toyota Kalahari Botswana 1000 Desert Race

2017 will mark the 36th year that the competition has been held with each year proving that the race is gaining a bigger following as it continues to grow in popularity. The race draws over 120 000 spectators, making it the biggest off road race in Africa. Spectators come from neighbouring countries and abroad to enjoy the thrill of race cars zipping past at uncanny speeds. For the past three years the event has been included as one of the feeder races to the Dakar Rally, one of the four events in the world to gain such status.

Jwaneng Events

This iconic race is included in the 2017 Dakar Challenge as round 4 out of the 5 rounds of the challenge while constituting round three of the South African Cross Country Series (SACCS). The Dakar Challenge is an annual series, run in conjunction with several global cross-country races. The winner of each round of the Dakar Challenge is invited to take part in Dakar Challenge 2018, with their entry fees waived as a reward. Toyota SA Motors have established themselves as the sponsor of the Dakar Challenge, as part of the 1000 Desert Race, essentially opening the door for local competitors to compete in the Dakar Challenge at an immensely reduced cost. Toyota SA Motors Vice-President, Glenn Crompton explains, “our sponsorship of the Dakar Challenge is a way of giving something back to the local cross country fraternity”.

Toyata Desert Race

The route has been finalised and spectator points and fan parks have been specified by host country Botswana. This promises to be an exciting event not only for motor sport enthusiasts but for the whole family. The event commences at 8am where spectators prove their dedication by braving the cold winter mornings to reach the start off point in order to witness the beginning of the race.

If you still don’t have accommodation for the weekend of the Toyota 1000 Desert Race, make a booking at Cresta Jwaneng and enjoy the best that this small town has to offer. Contact our 24-hour reception at: +267 588 1090 or simply email resjwaneng@cresta.co.bw to reserve your spot today.

Image Credits: Toyata Desert Race Facebook Page