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

Fruitcake Figure of Eight

Overview
This is a moderately easy, wooded ride. It starts and finishes at OxyGym on Leopards Hill Road. If you’re driving there you can park in their car park. The ride cuts across the south-west corner of the Forest Reserve but most of the rest of the figure of eight is also wooded although the pictures I took don’t have a lot of trees in them!

Guides
N/A

Stats
Length 25.4km
Ascent 400m
Descent: 400m
Difficulty: easy/moderate
Starting point: S15 27.709 E28 23.075 (OxyGym, Leopards Hill Road)
Type: Double figure of eight

Track
Fruitcake Figure of Eight 240612.gpx (Right-click, Save As…)

Photos
Fruitcake Figure of Eight Fruitcake Figure of Eight

Map
Fruitcake Figure of Eight OSM

South edge of Lusaka Forest Reserve

Overview
This is the trail run by the Lusaka Hash House Harriers on 5 May 2012. It is circuit between the south edge of the Lusaka Forest Reserve and State Lodge Road.

Guides
Not applicable.

Stats
Length 4.5km
Ascent 70m
Descent: 70m
Difficulty: easy
Starting point: S 15 28.437, E 28 25.246
Type: Circuit

Track
Track in GPX format LH3 050512.GPX (to get this file on to your PC, right-click on the link and select Save As…)

Photos
Untitled
View slideshow on Flickr

Map

Polocrosse MTB Circuit 1

Overview
This was the first mountain bike ride I did in Zambia and it was tough! There are 20% uphill sections which most people will have to walk. It is absolutely fabulous countryside though with great views and variation (uphill, downhill, stream crossings etc). Take at least 2 litres of water with you (I consumed 3) and an energy snack or two. Next time I do this I will start out early, take a picnic and make a day of it.

Guides
Not applicable

Stats
Length 41.9km
Ascent 590m
Descent: 590m
Difficulty: tough – there are 20% ascents on this off-road route
Starting point: -15.50845205783844 28.447612328454852
Type: Circuit

Track
Track in GPX format Polocrosse Circuit 1 MTB 110212.gpx
Track in KML format Polocrosse circuit 1 MTB 110212.kml
(to get these files on to your PC, right-click on the link and select Save As…)

Photos – Flickr slideshow
To follow

Here is the route on Google Earth – please be patient, it may take a few moments to load. Once loaded it will zoom in and show the trail. To get more functionality eg to view the ride profile, download the KML file (above) and open it in Google Earth.

 

Namaziyo Falls from Kabanana Village

Overview
The Namaziyo Falls are on the Namaziyo River, a tributary to the Zambezi River. The path starts at the village of Kabanana on the Chirundu Road, about 10kms before the turn off to Siavonga. Directions to the falls were kindly provided by Quentin Allen.

Guides
Three men and four women took us to the falls. Laxon and Lawrence and one other chap as well as four wonderfully good fun female guides whose names we will identify and post on the site as soon as possible. It would be better for future walks to have just two guides and agree on a price before leaving for the walk!!

Stats
Length 11.7km
Ascent 464m
Descent: 464m
Difficulty: moderate [we need a system to grade the difficulty of the walks]

Track
Track in GPX format Namaziyo Falls walk 22_4_12 (to get this file on to your PC, right-click on the link and select Save As…)

Photos – Flickr slideshow

Map

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