17 Aug, 2016

Joburg2Kili Enters Zambia!


After two and half weeks of riding and close to 1400 km, the Joburg2Kili team have made it to Livingstone in Zambia. The team are cycling on single-speed Qhubeka Buffalo bicycles from Johannesburg to Moshi in Tanzania to raise funds for the Qhubeka charity.

Over the past week, the team has camped at Elephant Sands in Botswana, which is an incredible setting situated around a waterhole where the elephants come to drink daily. The team also spent two nights camping in the bush in the middle of nowhere as well as having a group of school children from Chobe sing to the team on the morning of their departure from Panda Rest Camp. For footage of the teams stay at Elephants sands as well as the kids singing, click here!

The team spent one rest day in Kasane at the Thebe River Safari Resort where they took a boat cruise out onto the Zambezi river into Chobe which was a memorable experience for all. “The past week of riding has been amazing. Since leaving the town of Nata, we have ridden through wild life areas and have been fortunate enough to see some amazing sightings of elephants, eland and zebras along the way,” says Derrick Fourie, owner of RugDoctor and one of the four cyclists taking on the expedition.

Things have not gone smoothly all the time though and the team has experienced a few more mechanicals than they would have liked. Having to replace one back wheel and a puncture along the way from Panda Rest Camp to Kasane. Temperatures have been in the high 30’s for the past week which has made riding conditions a lot tougher and so the team has been stopping every 20km to refill bottles with filtered water.

The team crossed into Zambia via the Kazungula Border Crossing where you need to take a ferry across the Zambezi river. However, they ended up waiting over three hours to get the cars through the border. With this delay, the team only started riding at midday to get into Livingstone and had a tough headwind for most of the journey.

The team is now in Livingstone for two rest days to allow them to explore this beautiful place. Their stay here also includes a visit to the world famous Victoria Falls.

“We are really happy to have made it to our second African country outside of South Africa. We have been told that there are plenty of hills in Zambia so we are expecting the riding to be a lot tougher going forward. The next two weeks will be tough as we are used to the smooth, flat roads of Botswana,” says Warrick Kernes.

The team are using a Spot Gen3 GPS that allows people to follow them daily by visiting their Live Tracking Page. You can also follow them @Joburg2Kili on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To find out more information about Qhubeka and how to make a donation, please visit their GivenGain Page.

Kyle Deeley

Kyle Deeley

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