“BIKE ZAMBIA” CYCLE CHALLENGE
Landlocked in Southern Africa Zambia is fed & shaped by its rivers, lakes & of course, its waterfalls, the most famous of which is the Victoria Falls which at 2kms wide and 103 meters deep are the largest falls in the world. Massive lakes, rich wetlands and breathtaking African sunsets all contribute to the country’s scenic splendor. In addition to its natural wonders Zambia offers a taste of its diverse tribal & cultural heritage through its craftwork, music, dance & traditional ceremonies.
This challenge takes place in south-eastern Zambia finishing at the Victoria Falls.
- Cycling in breathtaking scenery.
- Passing through rural Zambian villages
- Meeting the ‘friendliest people in Africa’
- Finishing at the mighty Victoria Falls
Day 1. 27 June
On arrival in Lusaka we will be transferred by road to a lodge on the outskirts of Lusaka city, approx 1 hour from the airport. Here we will have our bike fitting and a briefing on the challenge to come. Cyclists will have a chance to cycle and get used to their bikes in the lodge surroundings which is set in a bush camp setting.
Day 2. 28 June
Beneficiary event in Lusaka with World Bicycle Relief and overnight
Day 3. 29 June
Ride Day 1: Lusaka – Siavonga, ~119km (74mi)
We start the challenge as we set off on road transfer to Kafue, where we then get on our bikes for the descending, winding road to Siavonga, a small town on the shores of Lake Kariba. The exact cycling distance today will be determined by our cycle leader but the maximum distance there is to our destination is 119km, we do not have to cycle the whole way and most probably will cut the ride to 80 to 100kms.
Day 4. 30 June
Ride Day 2: Siavonga – Mazabuka, ~73km (45mi)
We start the morning off with a road transfer back up the escarpment to Kafue, we then set off towards Mazabuka, Zambia’s sweetest town & home to the country’s sugar plantations. The terrain is a mix of tar roads & good dirt roads and we cycle past local villages, baobab trees and plenty of sugar plantations. Today will give us a great introduction to the challenge and to this beautiful country.
Day 5. 1 July
Ride Day 3: Mazabuka – Monze, ~94km (58mi)
Today we continue south towards Monze. This is a challenging but fantastic day. Our first 20km is on tarred road but we then take a more adventurous route off road. From here the roads vary from good dirt roads to slightly sandy making it challenging cycling. However, this does take us through real rural Africa! There are many winding tracks through countless villages where we meet the friendly Zambian people.
Day 6. 2 July
Ride Day 4: Monza – Choma, ~104km (65mi)
We cycle out of town and today is on tar towards Choma, we pass through many villages and market sellers along the main road, it is amazing to see the busy life that relys on the traffic passing by. Crossing several railway lines we finally reach our lodging where we will be spending the next two nights.
Day 7. 3 July
Ride Day 5: Choma – Lake Kariba – Choma, ~110km (68mi)
A circular day today as we cycle down to Lake Kariba on a fantastic downhill tarmac road, near the lake the tarmar turns to dirt and the scenerary is amazing. We finish the day with cold drinks on board a boat house on Lake Kariba before having a road transfer back to Choma for our Overnight
Day 8. 4 July
Ride Day 6: Choma – Kalomo, ~78km (48.5mi)
Another challenging day as we tackle 70kms of off-road. The dirt roads are generally in good condition with just a few small sandy sections. Again, we pass countless small villages, seeing rural Africa at its best, as yet untouched by tourism.
Day 9. 5 July
Ride Day 7: Kalomo – Livingstone, ~76km (47mi)
The final stretch today as we tackle the last 76kms to Livingstone, our ultimate destination. We start the day with an early road transfer to a small “town” called Zimba, here we get on our bikes which will have been sent early on in the monring and will be waiting for us. This last ride is on brand new tarred road with lovely hard shoulder to ride on. As we head into Livingstone the tar becomes unstable so attention is needed. We cycle straight through the town and end our challenge at the Victoria Falls. What a spectacular end to the week!
Here we will have lunch and the opportunity to end the challenge with a bungy jump, bridge swing or flying fox! (not included). After the lunch we have a short 5km cycle back to our hotel, where we enjoy fantastic sunsets as we celebrate our achievements.
Tonight there will be a special African-style meal in Livingstone to celebrate our success and achievement and to reflect together as a team.
Day 10. 06 July
Beneficiary event / Relaxation day in Livingstone and overnight
Day 11. 07 July
Beneficiary event / Relaxation day in Livingstone
Road Transfer for those flying out back to Lusaka (numbers to be confirmed)
Accommodation in Lusaka (numbers to be confirmed) at Eureka Lodge
Day 12. 08 July
International departure back home. Flight details to be confirmed.
Please note this is a complex itinerary which is subject to change.
Please note what is INCLUDED:
- THREE vehicles: A front car and rear car with trailer and a roaming car
- BUS for moving the cyclists on road transfers
- ACCOMMODATION in Lodges in Single / twin and if necessary for the largest groups triples (but we rarely have to put a triple)
- One night at Siavonga @ Lake Kariba Inn, Mazabuka, Monze, Kalomo, Livingstone @ The Waterfront, two nights Choma @ Kozo Lodge, three nights at Lusaka @ Eureka, one night in Livingstone @TBD
- MEALS: Full English Breakfast / Healthy fresh lunch on the road / snacks on the road / two to three course dinners with soup, main and desert
- Celebratory Dinner on the night of arrival in Livingstone
- Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner are included on our travel day back to Lusaka
- Breakfast is included on our day of International Departure
- Bottled water seven (7) litres per person per day
- Fruit fresh seasonal daily
- Tour Doctor AND Ride Tour Leader place x 2- FREE for the ride. Not including international flights, extra activities and bar bills.
- CHAMPAGNE AT THE FINISH
- FANTASTIC ZAMBIAN BIKE MECHANIC
- ROAD CREW / MEALS / ACCOMMODATION
- BIKE HIRE AND SPARES
- PERSONAL SHOPPING
- ACTIVITIES IN LIVINGSTONE
- PHONE CALLS AND INTERNET
- WINE – at the celebratory dinner or at the finish line
- BAR TAB – along the ride we will have fizzy drinks, energy drinks and cold beers for which you can open a tab
- COUNTRY VISA – If anyone wishes to go to Zimbabwe or Botswana while we are in Livingstone and then have to return for their flight from Zambia, they MUST get a multiple entry visa ! At the moment with a British passport, the visa fee is $50 per person
- INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS
- AIRPORT DEPARTURE TAX – This fluctuates but is about $30 per person payable upon departure