About the challenge
Zambia is a wonderfully diverse country with spectacular natural beauty and a friendly culture. Source of the mighty Zambezi River, Zambia’s most famous and spectacular feature is the magnificent Victoria Falls, one of the largest waterfalls in the world, named in 1855 by Dr Livingstone for Queen Victoria.
Our adventurous cycle takes us on and off-road through the friendly towns and villages of rural southern Zambia, passing farmland and sugar cane plantations and the everyday scenes of untouched village life. We finish at the spectacular Victoria Falls, one of the largest waterfalls in the world and one of the seven natural wonders of the world!
Part Payment Option is available for this challenge.
Dates & prices
|Departs||Days||Charity||Availability||Registration fee||Fundraising target||Payment option|
|20 May 2017||10||Open challenge||Spaces||£399||+||£3950||Or||£1750||Book now|
|16 Sep 2017||10||Open challenge||Spaces||£399||+||£3950||£1750||Book now|
|19 May 2018||10||Open challenge||Spaces||£399||+||£3950||£1750||Book now|
|15 Sep 2018||10||Open challenge||Spaces||£399||+||£3950||£1750||Book now|
Cycle over 500km through sensational African landscapes
Pass through off the beaten track Zambian villages
Fabulous 80km descent to Lake Kariba
Exciting finish at magnificent Victoria Falls
Day 1-2: Fly to Lusaka
Day 3-4: Ride mix of tarmac tracks and winding tracks passing sugar plantations, baobab trees and colourful local villages
Day 5-7: Wonderful descent to beautiful Lake Kariba with good wildlife-spotting, then through rural untouched Zambia to Livingstone and time to experience Victoria Falls
Day 8-10: Free day to enjoy Falls, return to Lusaka and depart for UK
What makes it demanding?
Ride paved roads and sandy tracks
Heat adds to the challenge
Distances range from 75-110km
Simple guesthouses and camping
Discover Adventure reserves the right to change the route or itinerary for safety reasons should local conditions dictate.
The tour cost includes all flights, accommodation on a twin-share basis, transfers listed in itinerary, and all meals while cycling. It also includes full trip support of experienced Discover Adventure leaders and medic; local guides, bikes, drivers and cooks. A visit to Victoria Falls is also included.
It does not include meals on non-cycling days. It also does not include personal travel insurance, entry visa, tips for local support crew, or any other tourist activities you may opt for.
We strongly recommend you carry a credit card in case of personal emergency.
Group flights leave from London Heathrow or Gatwick, (we regret that we are unable to book connecting flights), and are booked through Discover Adventure Ltd under ATOL licence 5636. By travelling with Discover Adventure you are protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). You will usually receive confirmed flight details several months before departure. Our itineraries are always based on current flight schedules and are therefore subject to change by the airline.
We stay in a mix of friendly lodges and guesthouses; there is also one night camping. In Livingstone we stay in a beautiful permanent tented camp with great chalet facilities.
All food is included when camping. The food is great and there is plenty of it.
Being vegetarian or having other dietary requirements is not usually a problem provided you let us know well in advance. Please do not expect as much variety as you would have access to at home – we will be in rural areas and among people of a different culture who may not understand your requirements, however willing they are to help. If you know there are plenty of foods you cannot eat you may wish to bring extra snacks from home so you can top up your energy supply. Please feel free to ask us for advice.
Discover Adventure Crew
Your trip will be led by experienced Discover Adventure leaders. Our leaders are selected for their experience in harsh wilderness environments, knowledge of travel in remote areas, friendliness and approachability, sense of humour and ability to safely and effectively deal with any situation that arises. They are also trained in expedition first-aid. You are in very safe hands with a Discover Adventure leader.
All our leaders are from the UK or other English-speaking countries. Most work for us on an ad-hoc basis and have ‘real’ jobs in-between trips! We never send our leaders to the same destination for months on end – we want them to be as enthusiastic about your trip as you are. Although our leaders are trained in expedition first-aid, they are accompanied by an expedition doctor or medic (dependent on group size) –who is there to look after the well-being of the whole group and deal with any incidents. They help the leaders to ensure the trip runs smoothly and encourage you when things get tough. At Discover Adventure we pride ourselves on our high leader: cyclist ratio and believe it leads to greater trip enjoyment as well as excellent trip safety.
Local Support Crew
Our local support crew is made up of local guides, drivers and cooks. Your local guide knows the local area well, and is a great source of knowledge about local customs and lifestyles. Drivers and cooks do not always speak English but are very friendly and approachable. The Discover Adventure crew work closely with the local crew to ensure your trip runs smoothly and safely. Your leader will arrange a collection of tips for the local support crew at the end of your ride. Tipping is not obligatory, but once you see how hard they work on your behalf you will be happy to donate something! All our local crew are paid wages, but bear in mind that the average wage in this country is far less than an average wage at home.
Support vehicles are with the group all the time, wherever possible. All luggage, spares, food, water and camping equipment is carried by them. Space is limited and hard-sided luggage is not suitable, so it is essential that your kit is packed in a soft sailing bag, rucksack or expedition kitbag. Ask us about our specially-designed low-cost kitbags if you don’t have one already. You should also bring a small daypack or large waist-pack for items needed during the day as you will not have access to your main luggage until the evening. If you wish to take your own bike, it can be transported on flights in bike bags or – a much cheaper option – cardboard bike boxes: ask your local bike shop if they have any. Please be aware the airline is likely to charge you to transport your bike on the flight.
Your safety, and that of the rest of the group, is our highest priority. Our trips are designed and planned with safety in mind. Your crew will be equipped with radios and emergency satellite phones, extensive medical kit, and other safety apparatus where necessary. They always have access to our 24-hour emergency back-up. Our leaders are responsible for safety on the trip, and will make any changes to the itinerary they deem necessary should local conditions dictate. Pre-trip administration – such as compulsory medical questionnaires and travel insurance – is all done with your safety in mind.
Preparing for the challenge
We will be cycling a mix of tarmac road and off-road tracks. Many of the tracks and dirt roads are in good condition, but there are some sandy sections; we strongly recommendsome off-road experience to manage this terrain safely and confidently. The Terrain is relatively flat or has gradual inclines.
Zambia's wet season runs roughly from Nov/Dec to April. May to August tends to be cool and dry, with warm clear days; mights can be quite chilly. Temperatures start to increase again from September. Expect a wide range of weather conditions including some humidity and possible rain.
Clothing & Equipment
We are travelling through remote regions where we could be exposed to bad weather at any time so be prepared for all weathers and temperatures. Weather conditions can change quickly. We provide you with a detailed packing kit-list on registration, as well as details on useful discounts you are entitled to as a Discover Adventure customer. We are always available if you need advice.
Our challenges attract people of all levels of experience and fitness, all ages and backgrounds. We expect all participants to train hard in advance to achieve this challenge, but we respect everyone’s limits. We design our challenges so that everyone can go at their own pace: this is not a race. For logistical and safety reasons we sometimes need to re-group, so the front-riders will find themselves waiting for the slower ones. Please relax, and remember that this is a team effort that enables people to achieve their personal goals and earn sponsorship.
Passport & Visa
A valid ten-year passport is essential; it should be valid for at least six months after departure from Zambia. Most nationalities, including UK citizens, require a visa for entry into Zambia. This can currently be purchased in advance or on arrival at the airport for $50. We will send you more information about visas nearer to departure. Other nationalities should check their own entry requirements.
We insist that you have had a Tetanus injection in the last ten years, and highly recommend protection against Polio, Hepatitis A and Typhoid. There is a risk of malaria, so check for the most up-to-date advice. You should always check with your GP or travel clinic for up-to-date travel health advice as it does change.
For most people, the main attraction of travelling to a different country is to see new sights and enjoy new experiences. Sometimes those new experiences can make life harder or more inconvenient than you may like, such as toilet hygiene or different food, or simply a different attitude to solving problems. This is all part of the challenge you are signing up for! We are very privileged to live in a country with a high standard of living, and travelling exposes us to different challenges – all of which help broaden our horizons. We can guarantee that coming face-to-face with experiences outside your normal ‘comfort zone’ will help you bond with your fellow cyclists and provide you with plenty of things to laugh about! A sense of humour and sense of adventure are two of the most important things to bring with you! Our experienced tour leaders and local crew will help bridge the cultural gap; take advantage of their knowledge so you can come away with an understanding of a new culture as well as the achievement of completing a challenging cycle ride.
Worldwide Sustainable Tourism
Long before ‘Responsible Tourism’ became a recognised phrase, we designed and ran our trips to ensure they made minimum impact on the environment and a positive impact on the local communities we pass through.
Discover Adventure Projects
We are supporting a children’s project in Tanzania on a long-term basis. If you would like to ‘give something back’ please consider donating £5 to our projects when you sign up.
We encourage all our customers to offset emissions connected with their trip. You can offset at any time in the lead-up to departure by visiting Climate Care via our website and making a donation to a worthwhile project supported by them. Alternatively, if you wish to take more practical action in the UK you can volunteer for a day with The Conservation Volunteers and work on an environmental project local to you. Work may include construction footpaths, dry stone walling, creating wildlife habitats or planting trees in your community. Volunteer today at www.tcv.org.uk or call 01302 388883.