Pump Down, Profanity Up

Overview
This is a great, shortish trail that starts and finishes at the Polocrosse Club on Chifwema Road. The descent starts off the main escarpment track and is marked by a hand pump, what follows is probably the best of the descents down into the lower valley, a long, winding path down that is not too technical allowing some good speed. Once in the valley, the path meanders through to the ‘Pitcher’s Mound’ before turning back up to reclaim the high lost via Profanity Hill…the inclusion of this makes this a moderate trail, otherwise nothing too technical and a good introduction to this area for those less familiar…

Guides
N/A

Stats
Length: c38km
Ascent: 417m
Descent: 322m
Difficulty: moderate
Starting point: Polocrosse Club
Type: Loop

Track
Pump Down Profanity Up

Map

Chifwema Road Extension 2

Overview
This is a mixed terrain trail about 60/40 jeep track to wide footpath / single track. There are some great descents (with corresponding climbs) and some good views off the escarpment and down towards the Lower Zambezi. Technically there are a few tricky bits but generally nothing too severe, take plenty of water and some food to recharge for the climbs and allow 4 hours or so.

Guides
N/A

Stats
Length: 52.5km
Elevation Gain/Loss: 630m
Difficulty: moderate
Starting point: Leopards’s Hill Polocrosse
Type: Circuit

Track
Chif Road Ext 2 (to get this file on to your PC, right-click on the link and select Save As…)

Map

 

Chifwema Road Extension

Overview
This route actually was mapped from a start and finish in Kabulonga, (hence the longer distance) but could easily be started from either Oxygym or the Leopard’s Hill Polo X Club. It starts along the line of the Chifwema Road which can be tedious when very dry but then diverts off into two loops, the smallest and furthest of which has some great trails before leading back to hardpacked village trails and a route back to the main Chifwema Road with plenty of option to vary en route. Take plenty of water and food.

Guides
N/A

Stats
Length: 87km
Elevation Gain and Loss: 716m
Difficulty:tough
Starting point: Recommended either Oxygym or LH PX
Type: Circuit

Track
Chifwema Road Extension (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
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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

Apocalyptic Church Loop

Overview
This a not too taxing and very pleasurable route that has some good descent and climbing but above all has some GREAT and varied single track. It is not too technical though there are a few sections where most riders will want to walk, a few streams to cool off in and plenty of villagers to encourage you en route! The name comes from a new and quite fancy Apostolic Church that you will pass on the descent and re-ascent!

Guides
N/A

Stats
42km
Elevation (Loss and Gain) – 370m
Difficulty: moderate
Starting point: Leopard’s Hill Polo X Club, Chifwema Road (off Leopard’s Hill Rd)
Type: Circuit

Track: Here is the GPX Track – Apocalyptic Church Loop (to get this file on to your PC, right-click on the link and select Save As…)

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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