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Lusaka to Victoria Falls

Zambia Cycle DEMANDING
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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 challenge takes us on- and off-road through the friendly towns and villages of rural southern Zambia, passing farmland and sugar cane plantations, spotting wildlife, and enjoying the everyday scenes of untouched Zambian village life. We finish at the spectacular Victoria Falls, an unforgettable way to end our adventure.


Lusaka to Victoria Falls

10 DAYS
  • Transfer to our shady campground on a private game park near Lusaka. This is a wonderful introduction to Zambia, with curious zebra and giraffe wandering around the campground, which is set in native bush and has great facilities including a pool. We have time for a bike fitting before dinner – often a traditional BBQ or braai – and a trip briefing. Night camp.

  • An early drive takes us from the meeting hotel in Lusaka to Kafue, the start point of our adventurous cycle challenge. Our first day gives us a great introduction to this beautiful country. We ride on a mix of tar roads and good dirt roads, passing local villages and baobab trees before reaching fields and fields of sugar-cane plantations and the attractive tree-lined town of Mazabuka. Night guesthouse.

    Drive approx. 1.5 hours; cycle approx. 73km

  • A challenging but fantastic day of cycling through real rural Africa! The first 20km provide a great warm-up on tarred road, then we head into more adventurous terrain by taking to off-road tracks that wind between friendly Zambian villages. From good dirt roads to sandy tracks, it’s challenging cycling but a very rewarding day which allows us to witness countless scenes of life in the subsistence farming villages we pass. The area is known for its agriculture, especially maize. We camp overnight on private farmland near the small town of Monze. Night camp.

    Cycle approx. 94km

  • Back on tarmac roads again, this is a longer day but on less challenging terrain! We head towards Choma, a friendly market town lying more than halfway along the main road to Livingstone. We pass more small villages many selling arts and crafts, and cross the railway line. We cross Choma, heading for our lodge a few kilometres out of town. Night lodge.

    Cycle approx. 105km

  • A fabulous day’s cycling awaits! We transfer back through Choma town, then re-join our bikes and ride the wonderful road to Lake Kariba, an exhilarating 80km downhill blast that’s not to be missed! Most of our ride is on tarmac, with the last 30km on flatter dirt tracks, taking us to the edge of the lake. We can enjoy wonderful views of the rolling hills, and the surrounding islands on the lake, though the real draw is the wildlife; zebra and impala are frequently seen, and you may spot bushbuck, monkeys and sometimes ostrich. We spend the night beside the lake. Night lodges.

    Cycle approx. 110km

  • An early start gives us time to transfer back up to Choma, where another fantastic day of off-road cycling awaits us. We pass through rural communities untouched by tourism – a rare insight into rural life here in southern Zambia and a real highlight of our African adventure. Many people rely on bicycles for transport, and we will generate lots of friendly interest! Our dirt roads are generally good, though there are some sandy sections which are more challenging. Night guesthouse.

    Drive approx. 2 hours; cycle approx. 78km

  • Our last day, and the thought of the incredible Victoria Falls spurs us on! We start with a short transfer, then cycle on well-surfaced tarred roads, passing small communities and enjoying the scenery and the camaraderie of our last day’s biking in Africa. It’s a long day, but we eventually come to Livingstone and cycle through it – and on to the Zambezi and Victoria Falls. Around 2km wide and plunging down over 100m, the Falls – known as ‘the smoke that thunders’ – are truly spectacular. We ride across the bridge and cross the border into Zimbabwe, giving us an opportunity to view the Falls from both sides. A wonderful sunset cruise on the Zambezi then sets the scene for our evening of celebrations. Night lodges.  (Dinner not included)

    Cycle approx 76km

  • Depending on flight schedules, there may be some free time before driving back into Zambia and the airport for our return flight.  (Lunch not included if not in-flight)


Prices may vary depending on date.

  • Available pricing options

    Fundraising Option
    Registration Fee £399 Fundraising target £4,000 Tour Cost - Airline Taxes - Book now
    Part - Payment Option
    Registration Fee £399 Fundraising target £3,000 Tour Cost £500.00 Airline Taxes - Book now
    Full Payment Option
    Registration Fee £399 Fundraising target - Tour Cost £1,750 Airline Taxes £250.00 Book now

    Pricing Explained

    Registration Fee (i)
    Payable on booking

    Fundraising Target (i)
    Paid 10 or 6 weeks prior to trip departure

    Trip Cost (i)
    Payable 8 or 4 weeks prior to trip departure

    WHAT'S INCLUDED

    • All transport from London to Lusaka / Livingstone return
    • All meals except where specified, accommodation and camping equipment
    • Discover Adventure leaders/mechanics; doctor with a group of 15 or more participants; local guides, drivers and cooks
    • Vehicle support and backup equipment on the trip
    • 21-speed mountain bike (Trek/Giant or equivalent)
    • Entrance to Victoria Falls and any other sites visited as part of the itinerary

    WHAT'S EXCLUDED

    • Two meals as specified in the itinerary
    • Travel insurance
    • Cycle helmet (compulsory) and 2 water bottles
    • Sleeping bag and sleeping mat
    • Personal spending money, souvenirs and drinks, entrance fees to optional sites or attractions
    • Zambia/Zimbabwe combined entry visa
    • Tips for local support crew
    • International airport departure tax
    • Airline taxes: we cap these so £250.00 is the maximum you will pay
    • Any applicable surcharges as per Terms and Conditions
    Download Challenge Details
  • Available pricing options

    Fundraising Option
    Registration Fee £399 Fundraising target £4,400 Tour Cost - Airline Taxes - Book now

    Pricing Explained

    Registration Fee (i)
    Payable on booking

    Fundraising Target (i)
    Paid 10 or 6 weeks prior to trip departure

    Trip Cost (i)
    Payable 8 or 4 weeks prior to trip departure

    WHAT'S INCLUDED

    • All transport from London to Lusaka / Livingstone return
    • All meals except where specified, accommodation and camping equipment
    • Discover Adventure leaders/mechanics; doctor with a group of 15 or more participants; local guides, drivers and cooks
    • Vehicle support and backup equipment on the trip
    • 21-speed mountain bike (Trek/Giant or equivalent)
    • Entrance to Victoria Falls and any other sites visited as part of the itinerary

    WHAT'S EXCLUDED

    • Two meals as specified in the itinerary
    • Travel insurance
    • Cycle helmet (compulsory) and 2 water bottles
    • Sleeping bag and sleeping mat
    • Personal spending money, souvenirs and drinks, entrance fees to optional sites or attractions
    • Zambia/Zimbabwe combined entry visa
    • Tips for local support crew
    • International airport departure tax
    • Airline taxes: we cap these so £250.00 is the maximum you will pay
    • Any applicable surcharges as per Terms and Conditions
    Download Challenge Details
  • Available pricing options

    Fundraising Option
    Registration Fee £399 Fundraising target £4,000 Tour Cost - Airline Taxes - Book now
    Part - Payment Option
    Registration Fee £399 Fundraising target £3,000 Tour Cost £500.00 Airline Taxes - Book now
    Full Payment Option
    Registration Fee £399 Fundraising target - Tour Cost £1,750 Airline Taxes £250.00 Book now

    Pricing Explained

    Registration Fee (i)
    Payable on booking

    Fundraising Target (i)
    Paid 10 or 6 weeks prior to trip departure

    Trip Cost (i)
    Payable 8 or 4 weeks prior to trip departure

    WHAT'S INCLUDED

    • All transport from London to Lusaka / Livingstone return
    • All meals except where specified, accommodation and camping equipment
    • Discover Adventure leaders/mechanics; doctor with a group of 15 or more participants; local guides, drivers and cooks
    • Vehicle support and backup equipment on the trip
    • 21-speed mountain bike (Trek/Giant or equivalent)
    • Entrance to Victoria Falls and any other sites visited as part of the itinerary

    WHAT'S EXCLUDED

    • Two meals as specified in the itinerary
    • Travel insurance
    • Cycle helmet (compulsory) and 2 water bottles
    • Sleeping bag and sleeping mat
    • Personal spending money, souvenirs and drinks, entrance fees to optional sites or attractions
    • Zambia/Zimbabwe combined entry visa
    • Tips for local support crew
    • International airport departure tax
    • Airline taxes: we cap these so £250.00 is the maximum you will pay
    • Any applicable surcharges as per Terms and Conditions
    Download Challenge Details
  • Available pricing options

    Fundraising Option
    Registration Fee £399 Fundraising target £4,000 Tour Cost - Airline Taxes - Book now
    Part - Payment Option
    Registration Fee £399 Fundraising target £3,000 Tour Cost £500.00 Airline Taxes - Book now
    Full Payment Option
    Registration Fee £399 Fundraising target - Tour Cost £1,750 Airline Taxes £250.00 Book now

    Pricing Explained

    Registration Fee (i)
    Payable on booking

    Fundraising Target (i)
    Paid 10 or 6 weeks prior to trip departure

    Trip Cost (i)
    Payable 8 or 4 weeks prior to trip departure

    WHAT'S INCLUDED

    • All transport from London to Lusaka / Livingstone return
    • All meals except where specified, accommodation and camping equipment
    • Discover Adventure leaders/mechanics; doctor with a group of 15 or more participants; local guides, drivers and cooks
    • Vehicle support and backup equipment on the trip
    • 21-speed mountain bike (Trek/Giant or equivalent)
    • Entrance to Victoria Falls and any other sites visited as part of the itinerary

    WHAT'S EXCLUDED

    • Two meals as specified in the itinerary
    • Travel insurance
    • Cycle helmet (compulsory) and 2 water bottles
    • Sleeping bag and sleeping mat
    • Personal spending money, souvenirs and drinks, entrance fees to optional sites or attractions
    • Zambia/Zimbabwe combined entry visa
    • Tips for local support crew
    • International airport departure tax
    • Airline taxes: we cap these so £250.00 is the maximum you will pay
    • Any applicable surcharges as per Terms and Conditions
    Download Challenge Details
  • Available pricing options

    Fundraising Option
    Registration Fee £399 Fundraising target £4,000 Tour Cost - Airline Taxes - Book now
    Part - Payment Option
    Registration Fee £399 Fundraising target £3,000 Tour Cost £500.00 Airline Taxes - Book now
    Full Payment Option
    Registration Fee £399 Fundraising target - Tour Cost £1,750 Airline Taxes £250.00 Book now

    Pricing Explained

    Registration Fee (i)
    Payable on booking

    Fundraising Target (i)
    Paid 10 or 6 weeks prior to trip departure

    Trip Cost (i)
    Payable 8 or 4 weeks prior to trip departure

    WHAT'S INCLUDED

    • All transport from London to Lusaka / Livingstone return
    • All meals except where specified, accommodation and camping equipment
    • Discover Adventure leaders/mechanics; doctor with a group of 15 or more participants; local guides, drivers and cooks
    • Vehicle support and backup equipment on the trip
    • 21-speed mountain bike (Trek/Giant or equivalent)
    • Entrance to Victoria Falls and any other sites visited as part of the itinerary

    WHAT'S EXCLUDED

    • Two meals as specified in the itinerary
    • Travel insurance
    • Cycle helmet (compulsory) and 2 water bottles
    • Sleeping bag and sleeping mat
    • Personal spending money, souvenirs and drinks, entrance fees to optional sites or attractions
    • Zambia/Zimbabwe combined entry visa
    • Tips for local support crew
    • International airport departure tax
    • Airline taxes: we cap these so £250.00 is the maximum you will pay
    • Any applicable surcharges as per Terms and Conditions
    Download Challenge Details

Detailed Information

  • 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). We do not always use the same airline for each destination; if you wish to know the probable carrier please call for details. 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. If you prefer to book your own flights please ask us for a land-only cost.

  • Accommodation is usually on a twin-share basis in hotels or camp. Occasionally we may use hostel-style accommodation. Please tell us if you know somebody else on the trip that you would like to share with and we will try our best to accommodate your request. If you don't know anyone else in the group don't worry, we always pair you up with someone of the same gender, and a similar age where possible. We do not charge a single supplement if you are a solo traveller in a shared room.

  • Accommodation is varied, in friendly lodges and guesthouses, and some nights in camp on private land, often as part of a permanent tented camp with great facilities. These are often a unique way to experience the African bush, in many cases with wildlife-spotting opportunities!

  • The food provided is plentiful, often local in style and freshly-cooked, and will give you plenty of energy. Sometimes we enjoy a buffet-style lunch-stop, other times we might have packed lunches. On some trips we stop at small local restaurants. Dinners are generally eaten in camp or at the hotel, depending on accommodation. In some regions there may be less variety than you are used to, and in others fresh meat or produce can be harder to come by. Any meals not included are listed in the itinerary and are generally on travel / free days, giving you the opportunity to explore and try other culinary experiences! There is always something to suit different budgets.

    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 may be in very rural or remote 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 we strongly recommend you bring extra snacks from home so you can top up your energy supply. Please feel free to ask us for advice.

  • 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. Usually leaders are based in the UK or other English-speaking countries and lead for us regularly throughout the year in many different countries. In some instances, trips are led by in-country guides with a wealth of knowledge about the region; they have been trained by us to provide the level of support expected on a Discover Adventure trip.

  • An expedition doctor or medic accompanies the group (dependent on group size.) Their role is 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. The total number of crew looking after you will depend on the final size of your group, but at Discover Adventure we pride ourselves on our high leader: participant ratio and believe it leads to greater trip enjoyment as well as excellent trip safety.

  • Our local support crew is made up of local guides, assisted by drivers, porters, cooks and other support staff, depending on the type of trip. Local guides know the area well, and are a great source of knowledge about local customs and lifestyles. Not all support crew will speak English well, 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 trek, and you will be provided with a guideline amount in advance. 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 many countries we travel to is far below what you would spend on a normal night out.

  • Your luggage, food, water and equipment is transported for you from one night-stop to the next. If there is easy road access this is done by vehicle; if not porters, mules or even camels might carry your bags, depending on the destination and terrain.

    Space is limited and hard-sided luggage is not suitable, so it is essential that your kit is packed in a soft 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 to carry for items needed during the day as you will not have access to your main luggage until the evening.

  • 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 communication devices (eg phones, radios and/or emergency satellite phones), medical kit and other safety apparatus appropriate to the destination. Our leaders always have access to our 24-hour emergency UK back-up. They 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 medical questionnaires and travel insurance as appropriate - is all done with your safety in mind.

  • For the latest travel advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office including security and local laws, plus passport and visa information, check www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.

Preparing for the Challenge

  • We plan our trips around the optimal weather conditions, but could still be exposed to bad weather at any time. It is vital you are prepared for all conditions. 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.

  • This is designed to be a challenge, and it is vital that you train sufficiently for it. We will supply you with a thorough training guide once you have registered. We expect all participants to train hard in advance, but we respect everyone’s limits and do not expect everyone to maintain the same pace. Inadequate training is likely to have an impact not just on your chances of completing the challenge, but enjoying it too - and we want you to have the time of your life!

    Our challenges attract people of all levels of experience and fitness, all ages and backgrounds. 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-runners may 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.

  • Entry requirements vary depending on your destination and nationality. It is your responsibility to ensure your passport is valid, and any visas are obtained in good time. Check the FCO’s advice on entry requirements for your destination to be sure. To find out if you need a visa you can check requirements on our website; please ensure you allow plenty of time.

    Your routine UK schedule of vaccinations should be up-to-date (especially tetanus). We recommend you check Fit For Travel for further details. You should always check with a 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 participants 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!

Extension

Victoria Falls Excursions

There’s plenty to do in and around Livingstone and Victoria Falls, so extend your stay and enjoy some free time in this beautiful area! From adrenaline-fuelled white-water rafting on the Zambezi to a microflight over the Falls, a National Park game walk with rhino, or a full day’s safari in Chobe National Park, just over the border in Botswana and one of the best places to view wildlife in southern Africa. There’s plenty to choose from, so we’re leaving the choice up to you!

We stay in comfortable lodges in Victoria Falls, on the Zimbabwe side of the Falls, perfectly-situated for the many things to do here. It’s a great way to relax and round off your African experience! All excursions can be arranged by the friendly team here.

This extension does not have an organised itinerary. You are free to spend your time as you wish.


Testimonials

Kym - October 2017


The trip was extremely tough but the scenery, local people and wildlife made it all worthwhile. Finishing the trip on a sunset cruise on the Zambezi was just amazing. Loved it!

Peter


Wow! What a fantastic experience, one that will stay with me for the rest of my life. Thank you.

Rosie


What an amazing adventure. Zambia & Zimbabwe have a lot to offer. Safe and excellent country for cycling. Weather just perfect hot sunny days . Perfect experience. I was blown away by the country. The Lusaka Hotel is a must for a visit.

Ian


If your idea of travel is to sit by a pool and go out on guided tours in air conditioned luxury, that's fine, but look elsewhere. If you want to touch and feel new lands, experience camaraderie and challenge, make new lasting friends and have terrific fun then become a
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