Lendwithcare Zambia Bike Ride
Join the team on CARE's very first cycle challenge adventure in Zambia!
During this 10-day trip you'll travel 500km by bike and have the opportunity to see for yourself the impact that loans through Lendwithcare have on local families and talk directly to entrepreneurs who receive microfinance support. On our route from Lusaka to Livingstone, we’re likely to encounter curious zebra and giraffe as well as monkeys and native impala and bushbuck antelope. Having covered miles of tarmacked roads and dirt tracks we’ll be rewarded with the sight of the spectacular Victoria Falls – one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.
Your minimum fundraising will cover the cost of your flight, accommodation, meals, bike hire and a minimum of 40% will support CARE’s work with people living in poverty around the world.
**When applying to register for the bike ride you will be referred to the Discover Adventure website and will be required to pay your registration fee**
You will notice that the cycling distances each day are in a range. Because of climate change, it’s harder for us to guarantee cool temperatures at any time in the year. If the weather is too hot (40 degrees) we will need to adjust the cycling distances to keep everyone safe, resulting in shorter distances each day.
Day 1 Depart London for Zambia's capital city, Lusaka. (No cycling)
Day 2 Land in Lusaka, drive to private game reserve – Bike Fitting (No cycling)
Transfer to the shady campground on a private game park near Lusaka. This is a wonderful introduction to Zambia, with curious zebra and giraffe wandering around the campground, which is set in native bush and has great facilities including a swimming pool. We have time for a bike fitting before dinner, often a traditional BBQ or braai, and a trip briefing. Accommodation: camping
Day 3 Kafue Bridge - Mazabuka (cycling 45-50km)
An early drive takes us from the campground in Lusaka to Kafue, the start point of our adventurous cycle challenge. Our first day gives us a great introduction to this beautiful country. We will ride on a mix of tar roads and good dirt roads, passing local villages and baobab trees before reaching fields and fields of sugarcane plantations and the attractive tree lined town of Mazabuka. Accommodation: camping
Day 4 Mazabuka - Monze (cycling 70-105km)
A challenging but fantastic day of cycling through real rural Africa! The first 20km provide a great warm-up on tarred road, then we head into more adventurous terrain by taking to off-road tracks that wind between friendly Zambian villages. From good dirt roads to sandy tracks, it’s challenging cycling but a very rewarding day which allows us to witness countless scenes of life in the subsistence farming villages we pass. The area is known for its agriculture, especially maize. We camp overnight on private farmland near the small town of Monze. Accommodation: camping
Day 5 Monze - Choma (cycling 75-110km)
Back on tarmac roads again, this is a longer day but on less challenging terrain. We head towards Choma, a friendly market town lying more than halfway along the main road to Livingstone. We pass more small villages many selling arts and crafts, and cross the railway line into Choma. Accommodation: camping
Day 6 Choma (Project Day)
Taking a break from cycling today, we will meet entrepreneurs like the ones pictured here who are supported by Lendwithcare. We will get a better understanding of how they and their families have benefitted from loans, how they have used them and learn more about their way of life. Accommodation: camping
Day 7 Choma - Kalomo (cycling 70-80km)
Back on the bikes again and another fantastic day of off-road cycling awaits us. We pass through rural communities untouched by tourism, get a rare insight into rural life in southern Zambia and a real highlight of our African adventure. Many people rely on bicycles for transport, and we will generate lots of friendly interest! The dirt roads are generally good, though there are some sandy sections which are more challenging. Accommodation: camping
Day 8 Kalomo - Livingstone/Victoria Falls (cycling 40-80km)
Our last day, and the thought of the incredible Victoria Falls spurs us on! We start with a short transfer, then cycle on well-surfaced tarred roads, passing small communities and enjoying the scenery and the camaraderie of our last day’s biking in Africa. It’s a long day, but we eventually come to Livingstone and cycle through it, and on to the Zambezi and Victoria Falls. Around 2km wide and plunging down over 100m, the Falls, known as ‘the smoke that thunders’ are truly spectacular. We ride to the bridge for photo opportunities and return to Livingstone. A wonderful sunset cruise on the Zambezi then sets the scene for our evening of celebrations. Accommodation: guest lodge
Day 9 Return flight to London
Today will be the end of the adventure for those who aren’t extending their stay.
We will fly from Livingstone to London and depending on flight schedule there may be some free time before transferring to the airport for our return flight.
Please note lunch is not included unless it’s part of the in flight meals.
Day 10 Arrive back in the UK
When is the event?
The bike ride challenge will take place between 8-17th May 2020.
Who will be taking part?
Men and women from all walks of life will be taking part. Most of the time participants will sign up as an individuals, but groups of friends, colleagues and couples will often choose to take part together as well. Whether you are an individual or part of a group, by the time you have completed the trip you will have made friendships that will last a lifetime.
How fit do I need to be?
The event is challenging so it is important that you train, although with the right training anyone can complete this challenge. The fitter you are the more you will enjoy your adventure. Once you have signed up we will send you a training guide that will allow you to reach a suitable level of fitness. This cycling challenge is all about endurance fitness rather than speed and it is certainly not a race. The best form of preparation is to get cycling up and down hills, for good periods of time and where possible to follow with another ride the next day. The weather will be approx. 25-30ºC, so remember this in your training.
What’s a typical day on the ride like?
Whilst we are biking we will be up at around 6:30am. After an early breakfast buffet we will normally start biking around 8:00am. We will cycle for around 3-4hrs, stopping on average every 15-20km (every hour/hour and a half) for snacks and drinks. Lunch will normally be cooked in a local town restaurant and there will be plenty of dishes to choose from. On arrival at the next night’s accommodation, everyone will help each other put up tents before it gets dark. The sun sets at 5:30pm and is dark by 6:00pm, so it is important that it’s a team effort to ensure everyone’s tent is up while there is still some light. After dinner there will be a short briefing each night about the next day’s ride.
• Return flights from London including flight taxes
• Accommodation, based on sharing a room
• Professional local bike guides, UK leader and UK doctor
• Meals including breakfast, lunch and dinner
• Hire of a good quality mountain bike
• Support bus for any transfers and truck for the bikes
• Snacks, water, fruits and cold drinks en route
• Foam mattress for camping each night
What isn’t included?
• Departure taxes
• Zambia Visa ($50 for British Citizens)
• Alcoholic and other beverages during meals
• Tips for guides or local staff
• Travel insurance
• The cost of any advised or elective inoculations
• Sleeping bag and pillow for camping each night
• Travel to and from the relevant London airport
What do I have to spend additional money on?
Before: Vaccinations, a tourist visa, and any kit required that you don’t currently have.
During: All meals and accommodation are paid for but you will need money for drinks in the evening and personal shopping during free time.
Do I need any specialist kit or pro cycle gear?
No, except for a good quality cycling helmet – this one is non-negotiable. The bikes provided are of a good standard, and at the beginning of the trip the group will spend time adjusting the bikes to get comfortable. You can bring your own saddle and pedals if you wish but this is not compulsory. However, it is advised to get padded shorts (usually lycra) – you can wear these under some comfortable clothes if you wish. We would advise you wear breathable/wick away fabrics as the hot, humid weather and intense heat will make cotton based clothes uncomfortable. A full suggested Kit List will be sent when you register for the event.
Do I need travel insurance?
Everyone will need to organise and take out their own comprehensive travel insurance covering health, accident and loss before departure. You will need to provide confirmation of your insurance to the CARE Events team by 17th January 2020 – this is the same date that 80% of your total fundraising target will be due.
Can I extend my trip or book flights from a different airport?
Yes you can. It is possible to book your own flights, and therefore have a lower fundraising target. Please do get in contact with us to discuss this.
Alternatively we can book different flights for you to extend your trip on either side, although we would always recommend staying on after the trip rather than going out earlier. There will be a £75 administration charge and you will be required to pay the difference if the flights are a higher cost.
What will the food be like?
Food will be top notch and there will be plenty of it! During rest stops we’ll be providing dried and fresh fruit, chocolate bars, crisps, nuts, fizzy drinks and water. Basically everything you’ll need to provide you with energy throughout the day.
Lunch and dinner stops will offer local cuisine with both meat and veggie options. Meals are usually high in carbohydrate content, and you will eat foods like porridge, bread, stews, soups, potatoes, meat dishes, pastas, fruit & veg. Plenty of dishes will be on offer for you to choose from, which will usually be shared across the table.
Specific dietary requirements can be specified in the registration form, and we’ll ensure that these are catered for on the trip.
Who will I share a room with?
Room allocation is done firstly by preference – have you asked to share with anyone? This might be a friend you are coming with or someone from the group you have met before the trip on got to know on our Facebook group for the event. If you haven’t requested anyone we will pair you based on gender and age – we will never mix genders and we will also be able to swap you during the trip if there are any problems. Single room supplement is £100pp for the entire trip, securing your own tent and room at the guest lodge on the final night, although this is on a first come first serve basis. Sharing a room is a really good ice-breaker if you don’t know anyone else on the trip, so don’t worry about it!
What is the registration fee? How much do I have to fundraise?
Registration fee: £299 (can be paid in instalments if required)
Minimum fundraising target: £3,850
When does my money need to be raised by?
You will need to have banked 80% of your fundraising target (that’s £3,080) by 17th January 2020.
If you need a bit more time you can make a personal payment which can be refunded once your fundraising has been completed after the trip. Unfortunately we can’t offer any flexibility around the 17th January deadline, as this will be when we pay for your costs on the trip.
I’ve never fundraised before, how do I start?
A great way to start fundraising is to set up an online sponsorship page at Just Giving which you can send to everyone you can think of: workmates, clients, friends, family… you name it! Many fundraisers will also organise events such as dress down days, quiz nights, five–a–side football tournaments, golf days, car washing, cake bakes… which have all proved to be successful and great fun! There are many ways to raise funds and when you’ve signed up we’ll give you a Fundraising Guide and be happy to support with ideas as well.
What fundraising support will I receive?
We’ll send you our Fundraising Guide, full of tips to help you reach your target and you’ll have a dedicated member of the CARE Events Team who you can talk through your ideas with and give you advice, whenever you need it.
How much of my fundraising does care receive?
To take part you need to pay a registration fee of £299 and raise £3,850. The costs of the trip, which is approximately £2500, will come out of the total fundraising target. Therefore, approximately 40% of your fundraising will go to CARE’s poverty fighting work. If you raise more than the minimum every extra penny from this will support our work around the world with women and girls.
Will people think they’re sponsoring me to go on a holiday?
This challenge is tough, for many reasons. Some people find being far from home in a new country with a hot climate as tough as the cycling itself, a challenging 500km over 8 days and we can guarantee that although you will have an amazing time, it will not be your average holiday!
It is also common for people taking part to contribute personally to the costs themselves which ensures all fundraising goes to CARE. Whilst this isn’t always possible, if this is something you want to do you could consider making a donation monthly onto your online sponsorship page towards your costs.
Where does my sponsorship money go?
Your funds will support CARE International. CARE is one of the world’s top aid agencies, fighting poverty and injustice in over 70 countries around the world and helping vulnerable people to find routes out of poverty. We deliver long term programmes to fight poverty, and are always among the first to respond to emergencies. We can’t do any of our life saving work without the support of people like you.
How do I register?
Please visit our Online Registration Form which is available on the Discover Adventure website – CARE’s tour operator for the trip. Once you have reached the Discover Adventure website please select 'Continue as a new user' on the right hand side of the page.
If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 020 7091 6111 or drop us an email at email@example.com.
- How we'll support you
- Your very own CARE branded cycle jersey
- Full event preparation information and briefing day
- Fundraising pack
- Training guide
- Kit list
- Regular emails and on-hand support from our events team
- Full support on the trip including UK leader, local trained bike guide and UK doctor
If you're not quite ready to sign up but want to know more, please fill out the form below and we'll get in touch.