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

Fun in the Forest 1

Overview
This is a nice and short route starting from the gym that winds through the Leopard’s Hill Forest Reserve in a nice single track loop. Nothing too technical though there are a couple of steep climbs on gravel that will need the granny gear! There are masses of trails branching off at all times so ample opportunity to extend and explore! Could be a decent run or walk if that’s what floats your boat.

Guides
N/A

Stats
Length:15.5km
Elevation Gain and Loss: 193m
Difficulty: easy – (with occasional moderate)
Starting point:  Oxygym on Leopard’s Hill Road
Type: Circuit

Track

Fun in the Forest 1 (to get this file on to your PC, right-click on the link and select Save As…)

Map

Abandoned Rose Farm Loop

Overview
Relive the glory years of the rose boom with this easy / moderate trail that winds its way through the LH Forest Reserve and round the back of State Lodge via an abandoned flower farm complex. Some easy trails, the odd stream and gate and a couple of decent hills make this a varied but enjoyable challenge with less climbing that the routes that drop off the escarpment down the Chifwema Road. Terrain is mixed single track, jeep track, dirt road and farm tracks with a short spell along the powerlines.

Guides
N/A

Stats
Length: 41km
Elevation Gain: 637m
Elevation Loss: 576m
Difficulty: easy/moderate
Starting point: Oxygym, Leopard’s Hill Road
Type: Circuit

Track
Rose Farm Loop (to get this file on to your PC, right-click on the link and select Save As…)

Map

Lusaka Leg Stretch Loop

Overview
Been off the bike for a bit and needing to stretch those legs again? This is a nice and easy route that has a bit of everything but mostly some good, long sections of dirt road to help put some KMs back into your muscles! Nothing technical, some nice sections in the Forest Reserve and back along the Leopards Hill Road power lines with mostly good dirt road in between and some rolling hills towards the end.

Guides
N/A

Stats
Length 54km
Elevation Gain: 652m
Elevation Loss: 603m
Difficulty: easy
Starting point: Oxygym Car Park, Leopard’s Hill Road – smile nicely at the guards and they’ll let you park!
Type: Circuit

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

Map

Kasanka Challenge Route 2012

Overview
This is the route of the annual 56k (or so!) Kasanka MTB Challenge, now in its second year. It is a great fast, flat track through some lovely bush, villages and a swamp. There is some awesome single track, some sandy jeep track and a tiny bit of tar (boo!) to finish on. For those who want to visit Kasanka at other times of the year, take your bikes, the staff there would be glad to help point you in the right direction!

Guides:
Contact Ernst at Wasa Camp via the Kasanka Trust Website if you want any guidance.

Stats
Length 56km
Elevation Gain / Loss: 207m

Difficulty: easy

Starting point: Conservation Education Centre, Kasanka National Park, Luaplula Province
Type: Circuit

Track: Kasanka Challenge (to get this file on to your PC, right-click on the link and select Save As…)

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Map

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
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Map