Elephant Epic to Lower Zambezi

Overview
This route was the inaugural Elephant Epic, a fundraising ride for Game Rangers International. The route starts at the junction to the Mikango Barracks down Leopard’s Hill Road and finishes at Kiambi Lodge on the Lower Zambezi. The track is a mix of dirt road and jeep track, occasionally quite rough in places but not too technical. We had 2 water points along the route and you must take ample food and water if doing this without backup, a chase vehicle is highly recommended. Whilst the overall route is a descent into the Zambezi valley, there is one tough climb approx 40km into the route with a steep descent on the far side into the sandy soils of the river valley. You will obviosuly need transprot back to Lusaka from Kiambi.

Guides
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Stats
Length: 76.5km
Ascent: 430m
Difficulty: tough
Starting point: Mikango Barracks Junction, Leopard’s Hill Road
Type: A to B

Track

Elephant Epic

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Route of the 2012 Mulungushi Dam MTB Race

Overview
This route was the 44km race route of the 2012 Mulungushi Dam Race. It was a FANTASTIC trail with all the terrain Zambia can offer, great forest single track, flat fast bush trails, river crossings and the rest! The start and finish are from the Mulungushi Dam Boat Club – they have a beautiful spot on the waters edge with private and rented accommodation available…

Guides
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Stats
Length: 44km
Elevation Gain: 457km
Difficulty: moderate / tough
Starting point: Mulungshi Boat Club – Bell Tower
Type: Loop

Track

M’gushi Dam Race

Map

The Creeper

Overview
So called because of the steady, gradual climb that creeps up the escarpment in contrast to the short, sharp pull of Profanity Hill, this route is a taxing and longer loop of the valley floor below the escarpment off the Chifwema Road. The start and middle sections are nice and easy, flat or downhill with the odd river crossing or two. Once at the Pitchers Mound, turn right and head away from Profanity Hill following some awesome single track back up the escarpment. The final pull up to the height of the start takes in the brutal Hamburger Hill, so called because completing it justifies mass hamburger consumption before long and rolling ridge ride drops you back onto the Chifwema Road. HH is a tough bike hike, not for the faint of heart or limb. This route has been cleaned up a bit and comes in at 57km. Take plenty of food and water. Incidentally, if you do run out of water in this area, pumps can be found at 99% of the schools, often found on one of the more substantial paths.

Guides
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Stats
Length: 57km
Ascent: 689m
Difficulty: tough
Starting point: Polocrosse Club
Type: Loop

Track

The Creeper

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.