The rally El Chott 2020 can take place !

Back from our pre-tour, we are happy and a little proud too that we can announce: The “El Chott 2020” rally can take place in the planned period and with almost no restrictions.

  • All planned routes are checked.
  • Hotels and camps are also checked.
  • The road books will be created in the next few days.
  • Nothing stands in the way of the approval of the rally by the Tunisian authorities.

Years of continuous cooperation with the same partners always pays off, especially under difficult conditions.

Conclusion: We offer you the opportunity still in 2020 to drive a real desert rally with about 1,600 race kilometers (a total of 2,600 km).

  • as a motorsport challenge in extreme terrain
  • as a training under competitive conditions for “bigger tasks”
  • as a real “dune adventure” in our Discovery Class
  • to experience Tunisia individually in the Adventure Class
  • or just to get out in this “crazy” year

Important for your registrations:

  • deadline for the “normal booking price” until 23rd August extended
    deadline for “late booking price” until 13th September extended

And here you can find the online registration forms: -> registrations

Current covid-19 information:

Tunisia is far less affected by the corona pandemic than Europe or neighboring countries in North Africa. In addition to the much lower travel activity of the Tunisians, the main reason for this is the consistent action of the government. All measures such as travel and moving restrictions, distance rules or the wearing of mouth / nose protection were implemented nationwide at an early stage. Similar to ours, the hygiene measures are still relevant. All other restrictions have since been canceled. In the rural regions of the Tunisian south or in the desert itself, i.e. where the rally takes place, the number of infected people is so low that there is almost no risk of infection.

The consequences of the global pandemic, the de facto collapse of tourism, hit Tunisia as a classic holiday destination all the harder.

As things stand at the moment, there are no requirements for most European when entering Tunisia. If the number of new infections in the country increases, a negative test to be shown is under discussion. With us, Tunisia is NOT classified as a risk area. Accordingly, no special requirements are to be expected also on the return journey.

The pre-tour begins!


2020/07/24 – 10:00 am

  • The supplies for the next 2 weeks are stowed away.
  • The navigation and tracking devices are installed.
  • The pre-tour to El Chott 2020 begins with our trip to the ferry

Next stop: Bellinzona (CH) – meeting point with team “Santana”.

Current information from the tour, photos and other news can be found here:

And with our satellite-based tracking, you can follow our daily routes through Tunisia: -> EXPLONA-Tracking-website

Tunisia, we are coming!

From June 27th, the borders of Tunisia will be open again for general travel.

Germany, Italy, Austria, Switzerland and most other European countries are classified on a list by the Tunisian Ministry of Health as “low Covid 19 risk” countries. Travelers from these countries are exempt from all measures discussed until now.

No quarantine, no negative test to be presented – now nothing stands in the way of our pre-tour. Tunisia, we are coming.

Even we do not yet know how many teams are finally registering for “El Chott 2020”, we will use two vehicles to check all the planned special stages and service routes. Based on this we will write the road books subsequently.

After months of uncertainty, we are very happy to be able to offer a marathon rally for 2020 also. For some amateurs, the event will be the highlight of the rally year. Others use the “El Chott” for testing and training and still others want to explore Tunisia in one of our two tourist groups.

You are all heartily invited: share our passion!

Please support us by registering soon. -> registration form

All registration fees will of course only be payable once the rally has been confirmed finally.

State of rally preparation


Despite the corona restrictions, we try to realize the “El Chott – Sahara Rallye de Tunisie” as planned. Whith it we want to offer to all rally enthusiasts the opportunity to experience great motorsport at a marathon rally in 2020 also.

Measures catalog of the Tunisian government (as of June 10, 2020)

The Tunisian government has introduced a number of measures to contain the pandemic since March 12. Since May 4 there are some gradual easing.

Since June 4 trips between the governorates are again possible without special permission. The curfew between 11pm and 5am was canceled on June 9th. The requirement to wear a nose-mouth protection and the general hygiene and distance rules remain in place.

The opening of the borders for general traveling is planned for June 27, 2020.

All of this makes us optimistic that at the end of October – at least in more than 4 months – a rally can take place without major restrictions.

As it is currently still unclear under which conditions entry will be possible from the end of June (quarantine, showing a negative test or only measuring fever), the implementation of our pre-tour planned for the end of July has not yet been finally secured. As soon as we getb the OK from Tunisia, we will be able to prepare all special stages and the required road books as planned.

The best way to support us is to signal your participation by registering soon. ->

All registration fees will of course only be payable once the rally has been confirmed finally.

Rally presentation is postponed to later

We have just received the information from the Hotel “Eisenacher Haus” that the current tenant will not continue to operate the hotel.

Regardless of the Corona requirements, the hotel will remain closed until further notice. As a result, the rally presentation can’t take place at the scheduled time.

The new location and date for the participant meeting will also be based on the date of our pre-tour. This will probably take place in July / August. Then we will have all the information for a basis of which we can offer a detailed rally presentation.

I would like to explain once again that we are doing everything possible to carry out the El Chott 2020 as planned. But especially in the current situation we urgently need your support for this:

Please register as soon as possible. Use the time until the entry deadline for normal entry fee on July 5th, 2020 for your online registration.

A rally can only take place with a sufficient number of participants !

Information about our events planned for 2020 …

… taking into account the current corona pandemic:

Our internal pre-tour to the rally “El Chott” will be postponed to the next possible date, depending on further developments, also in Tunisia and the transit countries Austria and Italy.

The RTG 2020.1 planned for mid-May in Olszyna (PL) is expected to be postponed to a later date. We will publish final information on this after the Easter weekend.

The planned date for the rally presentation still remains for the time being. Whether the presentation can actually take place depends on the current contact restrictions have been lifted by then and the hotel “Eisenacher Haus” will be open or not on June 6th, 2020.

Even if a forecast for autumn is currently hardly possible, we still plan to hold the RTG 2020.2 and the rally “El Chott” on the dates specified.

In addition to the current medical situation, the prerequisite for holding our events is, above all, sufficient numbers of participants.
Of course we can understand, if over the course of the year to some participants things are in the foreground that are more important than RTG or El Chott.

Particularly important from this point of view are the two final information:

  1. If the “El Chott” 2020 will not be held as a rally due to the insufficient number of participants, we will organize the planned program for the teams of the two tourism groups and all other interested parties in the same period.
  2. If no alternative dates are found for one or more events, all participation fees already paid will be credited to later events. If teams cannot or do not want to take part in these events, we will reimburse the amounts already paid. The same applies, of course, if we have to finally cancel events.

The routes planned for 2020 in detail

Days stage 01

transfer from ferry port to hotel “Mahdia Palace”

Days stage 02

start at the hotel – transfer – prologue and SS01 (pistes) – hotel “Offra”

Days stage 03

transfer – SS02 (mix of pistes and dunes) – camp “Zmela”

Days stage 04

SS03 (dunes – pistes) – transfer – hotel “Sangho”

Days stage 05

transfer – SS04 (pistes) – camp “Paradis”

Days stage 06

SS05 – marathon stage part I (pistes – dunes) – bivouac at “Lost Lake”

Days stage 07

SS06 – marathon stage part II (dunes – pistes) – transfer – hotel “Offra”

Days stage 08

transfer – SS07 (pistes) – transfer – hotel “El Mouradi”

Days stage 09

transfer – SS08 (pistes) – transfer – hotel “Le Sultran” – prize giving ceremony

Days stage 10

transfer to the ferry port