The Challenge

Learn more about the route we will take and what we will encounter on each day of the trip.

21-30 September 2018
Zambia, Southern Africa
Depart the UK

Day 1

Depart the UK

We take an overnight flight from London to Lusaka.

Arrival in Lusaka

Day 2

Arrival in Lusaka

On arrival in Lusaka we will be transferred by road to the Industrial Training Centre (ITC) to spend the afternoon learning more about Transaid’s work involving road safety and improving access to healthcare in Zambia. Following this, we’ll head to our lodge on the outskirts of Lusaka city. Here we will have a bike fitting and a briefing on the challenge to come. We will have a chance to cycle and get used to our bikes in the lodge surroundings which is set in a bush camp setting with zebras and impalas walking around the campsite. Overnight in Sandy’s Lodge.

Accomodation: Lodge/Guest House

Kafue to Mazabuka

Day 3

Kafue to Mazabuka

75Km

We start the morning off with a road transfer back up the escarpment to Kafue. We then set off on our bikes towards Mazabuka, Zambia’s sweetest town and home to the country’s sugar plantations. The terrain is a mix of tar road where we conquer Munali Hills, the worst you will have to face on the ride, all in one road pass. Today will give us a great introduction to the challenge and to this beautiful country. After our warm up on tarmac the route turns into dirt track, with an interesting ride past farms until we reach Mazabuka. Tonight we will camp at the Turf Club, this is the polo cross club for the town in a lovely setting with a colonial club house as our overnight camp.

Accomodation: Camp

Mazabuka to Monze

Day 4

Mazabuka to Monze

107Km

Today we continue south towards Monze. This is a challenging but fantastic day. Our adventurous route off road varies from good dirt roads to slightly sandy making it challenging cycling. There are many winding tracks through countless villages where we meet the friendly Zambian people. We pass donkey carts and have countless photo opportunities of children cheering us on. We enter Monze into noise, traffic and hustle and make our way for 10km on tarmac and a further 2km on dirt roads to our exclusive camp site. This is a private farm and has a lovely camp site for us with hot showers and a delicious dinner round the camp fire. You will have the opportunity to take a walk at sundown or early sunrise to enjoy this fantastic birding area with 286 different bird species.

Accomodation: Camp

Monze to Choma

Day 5

Monze to Choma

123Km

We cycle back through town today towards Choma. A small dirt road start sets us off and then onto tarmac which will take us to the busy town of Monze. Today we use the main road for 92km, passing by many villages and market sellers. We will turn off the main road past dairy and cattle farms, this is a fantastic section that takes us to a private reserve called Masuku camp based near Choma town. Masuku Lodge is a lovely farm house setting hosting amazing birdlife, wildlife and overlooking a dam. We will camp here and have use of three chalets for our ablutions.

Accomodation: Camp

Choma to Kalomo

Day 6

Choma to Kalomo

108Km

We start this morning by cycling through Choma town itself before returning to dirt track. This will be a challenging day as we tackle 78km of off-road overall. The dirt roads are generally in good condition with just a few small sandy sections. Again, we pass small villages seeing rural Africa at its best, as yet untouched by tourism. We will stay in Kalomo in guest houses which gives us an introduction to the local tourism and people.

Accomodation: Lodge/Guest House

Kalomo to Livingstone

Day 7

Kalomo to Livingstone

76Km

We start the day with an early 50km +/- road transfer to a small "town" called Zimba, where we get on our bikes which will have been sent on earlier in the morning and will be waiting for us. This last 76km ride is on brand new tarred road with lovely hard shoulder to ride on. We cycle straight through the town and end our challenge at the spectacular Victoria Falls! Here we will have lunch and time to enjoy the mighty Victoria Falls which is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Scottish explorer David Livingstone may have named the falls after his reigning queen in 1855, but the Kalolo-Lozi people have their own name for it - Mosi-oa-Tunya, “The Smoke that Thunders’. September falls within the ‘dry’ season in Zambia, so the falls will have a (comparatively) low water level to much of the year. Despite this, it will be a breathtaking sight, and with less spray to contend with taking photographs is that bit easier! We head back to our tented camp to freshen up followed by an (optional) sunset cruise on the Zambezi River with a fantastic group photo. We will stay at the Thorn Tree House and Tented Camp, a new lodge with a heated swimming pool. Hippos and elephants visit the river next to us. We will enjoy a celebratory dinner all together around the campfire to celebrate our fantastic achievement.

Accomodation: Lodge/Guest House

Free day in Livingstone

Day 8

Free day in Livingstone

Today we have a full free day to enjoy Livingstone. We have the opportunity to undertake an optional excursion or have a relaxing day by the pool at the hotel. Once again, we stay overnight at Thorn Tree House and Tented Camp.

Accomodation: Lodge/Guest House

Return to the UK

Day 9

Return to the UK

After breakfast we will check out and transfer to Victoria Falls International airport for our return flight overnight flight to London.

Day 10

Arrive in London

We're home, with fond memories and most likely some aching limbs!