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.
Matt Morely if you can get him! Matt knows this area very well and can advise on alternative routes along the way.
Difficulty: moderate/tough (as assessed by an inexperinced 56 year old!)
Starting point: Lat: -15.486265 Long: 28.440694
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…)
Taking a break at the top of water pump hill
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.
Starting point: Kilimanjaro Cafe/Lodge, Leopards Hill Road.
Lat -15.472164 Long 28.390483
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…)
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!
Starting point: [put Lat/Long coordinates eg S 15 22.458, E 028 18.926]
Track in GPX format: The Lasso.gpx (to get this file on to your PC, right-click on the link and select Save As…)