Independence Day 2012

Overview
This ride was followed on Zambia’s Independence Day 2012. It’s a great ride with two significant decents and accents with some plateau riding in the middle. If you go around this route in a clockwise direction, as we did, you will ride down the infamous ‘Profanity Hill’. I’ve walked up ‘Profanity Hill’ twice – pushing two bikes on one occasion – so doing it this way around was a great improvement. In the valleys it is very hot so start early and take plenty of water. We started at 7am and I got through 3 litres of water.

Guides
Matt Morely if you can get him! Matt knows this area very well and can advise on alternative routes along the way.

Stats
Length 47.8km
Ascent 620m
Descent: 620m
Difficulty: moderate/tough (as assessed by an inexperinced 56 year old!)
Starting point: Lat: -15.486265 Long: 28.440694
Type: Circuit

Track
Track in GPX format Independence Day 2012.gpx (to get this file on to your PC, right-click on the link and select Save As…)

Photos

Independence Day Ride 2012

Independence Day Ride 2012 - the top of water pump hill

Taking a break at the top of water pump hill

Map

Independence Ride

Three Farms Loop

Overview
This a varied 40km ride. It is a true loop with very little of the trail ridden twice. After a gentle climb up to the entry point into the Forest Reserve there is gentle downhill single track section and a couple of nice gullies across streams. There is then a lot of dirt/gravel road with three good hills – cyclable but they will take your breath away.

You pass through three farms – but no one seems to mind!

You pass by the entrance to Monkey Pools and so you can pop in there for a bit of a break if you’d like to.

The last few kilometres are on tar which makes to a nice run to the end.

Guides
N/A

Stats
Length 39km
Ascent 416m
Descent: 416m
Difficulty: easy/moderate
Starting point: Kilimanjaro Cafe/Lodge, Leopards Hill Road.
Lat -15.472164 Long 28.390483
Type: Circuit

Track
Track in GPX format: Three Farms Loop.gpx (to get this file on to your PC, right-click on the link and select Save As…)

Photos
Three farms loop image

Three farms loop map

The Lasso

Overview
This is a favorite mountain bike ride from Kilimanjaro Lodge on Leopard’s Hill Road. It is varied terrain with nothing too technical. You come back on the same route that you go out on but don’t be put off by this, it is nice terrain and somehow feels different on the way back!

Guides
N/A

Stats
Length: 25km
Ascent: 345m
Descent: 345m
Difficulty: easy/moderate
Starting point: [put Lat/Long coordinates eg S 15 22.458, E 028 18.926]
Type: Circuit

Track
Track in GPX format: The Lasso.gpx (to get this file on to your PC, right-click on the link and select Save As…)

Map

The Lasso