Zambezi Cycle Challenge, Victoria Falls.

Article: Bruno De Leo

The Zambezi River snakes its way through 2700 kms of mesmerizing countryside, passing through seven countries before finally reaching the Indian Ocean. A lifeline to wildlife and humans alike throughout its course, there is also a natural beauty that attracts tourists from all over the world. At the point where the Zambezi river plunges more than 100 meters into the gorge below, forming one of the seven natural wonders of the world, Victoria Falls, is what sets the backdrop for the Zambezi Cycle Challenge. (ZCC)

The primary objective of ZCC is to raise funds by hosting a unique mountain bike event that will take the riders through the scenic natural forest areas close to Victoria Falls. All the funds raised will be channeled into conservation areas through reputable organizations that are dedicated in their efforts to conserve wildlife.

The format of the event will seek to provide something for the social mountain bike rider as well as the nature loving wildlife enthusiast and competitive rider. Teams will be required to have at least two members but race organizers will consider single applicants for as long as they agree to be grouped with other cyclists of a similar ability. It is a three day stage event covering a distance of between 50 to 80 kms
each day.

Day one starts about 50km south of Victoria Falls along the Bulawayo road. A combination of old hunting tracks, well trodden elephant paths and winding single track on the banks of the Matetsi River finally ends up back at Victoria Falls.

Day two will start about 40 kms towards the Kazungula border post near Botswana and takes riders back to Victoria Falls along the Westwood Vlei, through the scenic Zambezi National Park and along the Zambezi River. This day is not a timed stage as it is all about enjoying the National Park. There are compulsory stops at two particularly scenic points along the river where refreshments are served and the rider has an opportunity to rest and soak up the tranquil scenery.

Day three begins about 30 kms downstream of Victoria Falls. The route on this final day will be mostly single track and technically challenging as it takes riders back towards Victoria Falls along the Batoka Gorge, with spectacular views of the Zambezi River way below and finally awe inspiring views of the Victoria Falls as you approach the finish. You will literally be riding on
the edge of the gorge on several occasions.

Animal encounters are very possible on all three days but riders are offered protection with the assistance of armed professional guides, marshals and park personnel, dotted along the route. Refreshments are provided at strategic points as days can be long depending on individual fitness.

This is an event that is perfect for the family and supporters to join in due to it’s location.  Many different activities are available, ranging from cultural village tours, game drives, bars and restaurants to adrenalin filled gorge swings or white water rafting. There is something for everyone to enjoy a memorable and fun filled few days.

Dates for the 2019 Zambezi Cycle Challenge are 12th to 14th July

The Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust.
VFWT is a boots on the ground organization that focuses on:
*         Community Outreach and training
*         Wildlife Research through its veterinary laboratory
*         Human and wildlife conflict issues
*         Wildlife rehabilitation

Children in the Wilderness.

CITW is a non‐profit organization supported by ecotourism company, Wilderness Safaris, that aims to facilitate sustainable conservation through leadership development and education of rural children in Africa.

Victoria Falls Anti Poaching Unit.
VFAPU is dedicated to curtailing poaching in and around the Victoria Falls area. They are responsible for the removal of thousands of snares and the apprehension of numerous poachers.

For further information contact:

Bruno De Leo

525 Reynard Rd

P.O.Box 162

Victoria Falls 


Tel:  +263 13 41207

Cell: +263 772 144 778


Skype: brunodeleo4 

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