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Tour de Zambezi to cover four countries

Darlington Majonga

ABOUT 40 cyclists are expected to take part in the Tour de Zambezi charity race next week that will take them on a five-day safari through four c


The road bike event will start off at Zimbabwe’s Victoria Falls and cover Zambia, Botswana and Namibia between April 27 and May 1.

No Zimbabwean cyclist had entered the tour by the March 15 deadline, with the registered participants mainly coming from South Africa and as far afield as Europe.

To participate in the safari, one had to part with at least R8 000 — an exorbitant figure for many Zimbabweans. Those who opted to fly to the starting point in Victoria Falls would pay R9 500.

The entry fees will constitute donations to the Peace Parks Foundation and Children in the Wilderness, who are hosting the tour.

The minimum age requirement for any cyclist in the event is 15 years, with the only other condition being that every participant has to be “in good health and of reasonable fitness”.

The safari starts with the arrival of the participants at the Elephant Hills Hotel in Victoria Falls on April 27 from where they will warm up for the tour around the resort town.

The following morning the tour starts with the cyclists heading for Chobe National Park in Botswana along the Kazangula Road and through the Zambezi National Park.

On April 29 the safari continues from Chobe via Ngoma Gate as the cyclists head northwest for Katima Mulilo in Namibia.

The tour continues the following morning with a ride of around 230km following the banks of the Zambezi River. The cyclists are expected to arrive at the Victoria Falls on the Zambian side in the mid to late afternoon.

There will be time for a look at the falls before cycling across the famous old bridge and back into Zimbabwe for the last night at the Victoria Falls Hotel.

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