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What is Bike Zambia?


A seven-day bike tour through Zambia, that raises funds and awareness for HIV/AIDS prevention and economic empowerment of women in Africa.

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What is Bike Zambia?


A seven-day bike tour through Zambia, that raises funds and awareness for HIV/AIDS prevention and economic empowerment of women in Africa.

Bike Zambia - June 28 - July 8, 2018

A 7-day, 325+ mile bike ride that aims to make positive change in the world. Participants ride from Zambia’s capital, Lusaka, to Victoria Falls in Livingstone to raise awareness of poverty and HIV/AIDS in Africa.

Participants of this life-changing experience will:

  1. Raise funds for essential local programs focusing on HIV/AIDS Prevention and Economic Empowerment for Women and Girls in Zambia.
  2. Build community with other globally-minded cyclists, and
  3. Learn about and participate in Zambian culture through immersive experiences, including site visits to organizations.
  4. See amazing wildlife, countryside, and one of the seven natural wonders of the world, Victoria Falls

Since 2012, over 110 cyclists have joined us in making Bike Zambia happen, raising over $650,000 in support of these causes.

Registration for Bike Zambia 7 is currently full.  If you are interested in being put on our waitlist or would like to receive priority notice for 2019 registration (opening in June 2018, please sign-up here).  

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Join the Ride!


June 28 - July 8, 2018
Zambia Cycling Tour from Lusaka to Victoria Falls.
Fundraising for economic empowerment of women and HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment programs.

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Join the Ride!


June 28 - July 8, 2018
Zambia Cycling Tour from Lusaka to Victoria Falls.
Fundraising for economic empowerment of women and HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment programs.

Bike Zambia - Registration FULL

  • Dates: June 28—July 8, 2018 (arrival in Lusaka, Zambia on June 28th.  Departure on July 8 from Livingstone, Zambia.  Note: some riders choose to stay an additional day for tourism) 
  • Registration: Registration costs $250 and includes travel insurance and a Bike Zambia jersey.  Registration is currently full for 2018.  All riders are responsible for their own plane ticket. 
  • Fundraising: Riders raise $4,000 for local Zambian organizations.  Resources are provided to help riders achieve this goal. Participants are provided: an online fundraising portal, personal mentor, best practices and tips, and training modules. 
  • Support:  Bike Zambia is a fully supported ride from airport pick-up to drop-off, with all food, accommodations, local transport, and bike provided
  • Medical: All riders receive travel insurance.  A physician from the USA travels with Bike Zambian riders during the trip. The route is fully supported with lead and follow vehicle.   
  • Cultural Training: From April to June, Bike Zambia will provide information on a variety of topics, including: Zambian history, Zambian culture, beneficiary information, fundraising best practices, and travel guidelines.   
  • Physical Training: All riders have access to a training program to prepare for the trip.

If you have any questions, please email us.  

Registration for Bike Zambia 7 is currently full.  If you are interested in being put on our waitlist or would like to receive priority notice for 2019 registration (opening in June 2018), please click here.  

 

 

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Our Mission


Our mission is to ride bicycles to empower, sustain, and enrich communities. 

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Our Mission


Our mission is to ride bicycles to empower, sustain, and enrich communities. 

Bike Zambia - Mission

We realize our mission in a number of ways. 

  • Increase awareness of the health and wellness programs available to those affected by HIV/AIDS in Zambia
  • Increase awareness of the importance of economic empowerment programs for women and girls in Zambia
  • Raise funds to support these programs
  • Create a participatory experience in which riders and participants contribute to the ride and related events
  • Create an inclusive community that brings together locals and visitors, encouraging everyone to join the ride and cause
  • Promote cycling as a means of transportation for empowerment of women and girls
  • Create an environment of dignity and improved quality of life for those affected by HIV/AIDS

Bike Zambia is a program of Chooda, a registered 501(c)3 with a vision of personal transformation and global social change.

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Beneficiaries


We are proud to support organizations empowering women's economic development and HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment programs.

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Beneficiaries


We are proud to support organizations empowering women's economic development and HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment programs.

World Bicycle Relief (WBR) mobilizes people through The Power of Bicycles by helping people conquer the challenge of distance to access education, healthcare, goods and services more easily.  With a bicycle, school attendance is increased by 28% and healthcare providers are able to see 45% more patients.  Bike Zambia riders have donated hundreds of bicycles to students and healthcare providers, making a real impact in people’s daily lives.  Since 2012, Bike Zambia has supported the Bicycles for Educational Empowerment Program and STEPS OVC HIV/AIDS caregivers program by purchasing Buffalo Bicycles and donating them to local programs that help girls access education and school school and women access trade or business to support their families. 

Grassroot Soccer Zambia is an organization that uses the power of soccer to educate, inspire, and mobilize communities to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS.  From holding soccer tournaments to provide education and HIV testing, to organizing after-school programs to teach life skills and health education, Grassroot Soccer is making positive changes in Zambian youths’ lives.   To achieve their mission, the organization continuously improves their innovative HIV prevention and life-skills curriculum, shares their program and concept effectively, and utilizes the popularity of soccer to increase their impact.

Zambia Health Education and Communication Trust (ZHECT) fights HIV/AIDS and other infectious disease through a multifaceted approach, providing access to health services, education, and also working on community approaches through advocacy and capacity building. The mission of ZHECT is to increase in-depth knowledge and translation of HIV/AIDS, expand access to health services, advance quality of service and maximize resources and capacity within ZHECT for service delivery.

Previous Beneficiaries:

Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ) helps train medical professionals in the fight against HIV/AIDS in Africa. The mission of CIDRZ is to improve lives and communities through research, disease prevention and treatment, and HIV/AIDS care.

Sishemo Education Trust is an under-resourced school in Zambia providing food, education, and life skills training to children affected by HIV/AIDS. The foundation works with orphaned and vulnerable children and their parents and guardians, most of whom are single mothers or widowed due to HIV/AIDS.

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The Route


Cycling Lusaka to Livingstone
300+ miles
7 days
Rural Zambia 

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The Route


Cycling Lusaka to Livingstone
300+ miles
7 days
Rural Zambia 

Starting in Zambia's capital, Lusaka, riders will ride 325+ miles through rural and urban areas of Zambia, camping along the way.

Note: Route is subject to change for 2018.  

June 28: Arrive in Lusaka and transfer to lodge on outside of city in bush camp that features Zebra and impala.  Bike setup and orientation. Get ready for an exciting week ahead! 
June 29:  Visit to World Bicycle Relief HQs in Lusaka to build Buffalo Bicycles and distribute to beneficiaries. 
June 30:  Lusaka—Mazbuka: mix of road and dirt.  Conquer the Munali Hills, travel past farms and sugar plantations  Camp at Turf Club, a polo cross club.   
July 1: Mazbuka—Monze. Challenging day through rural Africa, winding through countless villages, passing donkey carts, and meeting children along the way. Camping on a private farm and campfire dinner.  286 bird species live on this campground! 
July 2: Monze—Choma.  Pass by villages, market sellers, diary and cattle farms.  Arrive at Masuku camp with amazing wildlife and overlooking a breathtaking dam. 
July 3: Choma—Lake Kariba.  Pedal to the beautiful Lake Karima with amazing scenery.  Enjoy cool beverages and travel back to Masuku Lodge. 
July 4: Day off! Enjoy the town of Choma, including guided birding or nature walks, town museum, and visiting one of our beneficiaries.  Enjoy the local market! 
July  5: Choma—Kalomo. Experience the rural areas off-road, passing countless small villages untouched by tourism.  Lodging in Kalomo guest houses. 
July 6: Kalomo— Livingstone. Our last day in the saddle ending at Victoria Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world.  We reflect on the day with a sunset cruise on the Zambezi river, staying at the Thorn Tree House and tented camps.  See the hippos and elephants up close! 
July 7: Livingstone. Explore the town in the morning, but save some energy for the afternoon Grassroot Soccer tournament, sponsored by Bike Zambia. You will be amazed at this organization’s impact
July 8: After breakfast riders will have airport transport to Livingstone, for either an international return flight or a domestic flight to Lusaka to connect home.  Note: some riders opt to stay another day for safari, tourism, or other activities.   

Watch our documentary about Bike Zambia 2012, filmed and edited by Brendon Bell.

 

 

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Rider Blog


Bike Zambia riders share their experiences in Africa

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Rider Blog


Bike Zambia riders share their experiences in Africa

Rider Reflections

Bike Zambia Rider Blog - 2016

Bike Zambia Rider Blog - 2014

Bike Zambia Rider Blog - 2013

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About Zambia


Learn Zambia's history

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About Zambia


Learn Zambia's history

Background.  Zambia is located in South-Central Africa and has a population of 16 million.  Zambia takes its name from the Zambezi River, which rises in the north-west corner of the country and forms its southern boundary.  The greatest concentrations of people live in the capital Lusaka and along a 90-mile corridor of land known as the ‘Copperbelt', where the country’s major source of revenue is mined.  Zambia is comprised of 72 ethnic groups, most of which are bantu-speaking. About 90% of the population fall into 9 major ethnolinguistic groups: the Nyanja-Chewa; Bemba; Tonga; Tumbuka; Lunda; Luvale; Kaonde; Nkoya; and Lozi.  Zambia claimed its independence in 1964 Zambia and now has a multi-party democracy.  Zambia neighbors: Congo DR to the north and north west, Tanzania to the north east, Malawi to the east, Mozambique to the south east, Zimbabwe to the south, Botswana and Namibia to the south west and Angola to the West.

Health.  With around one in eight adults in Zambia living with HIV/AIDS, the country has been one of the worst-affected by the epidemic.  HIV/AIDS kills around 50,000 Zambians each year and has left around 700,000 orphans.  According to the WHO there were only 650 doctors working in Zambia between 2000–2010 (less than one doctor for every 10,000 people).  Life expectancy is 59 years of age.

Poverty. Sixty percent of people in Zambia live below the poverty line and 42 percent are considered to be extremely poor.  More than 350,000 people in the country are food insecure, i.e. they do not have access to a regular supply of healthy food. In both rural and urban households, poverty levels are highest amongst female-headed households with extreme poverty levels of more than 60 percent in rural areas and 15 percent in urban areas.

Geography.  The country is home to a huge range of birds; 750 different species are within its borders. All the classic savannah predators – lions, leopards, cheetahs – can be seen in Zambia and protected herds of elephant and buffalo roam the national parks. Zambia also boasts some unusual subspecies of antelope, giraffe, wildebeest and zebra.

Climate.  Although Zambia lies within the tropics, the climate is tempered by its high altitude.  Most of the land is part of an undulating plateau which runs like a backbone through the African continent.  There are three seasons – cool and dry from May to August, hot and dry from September to November, and warm and wet from December to April.  Unpredictable weather patterns have affected communities over the last decade. Farmers rely heavily on seasonal rains and subsistence-style farming is common in the country. The Zambian climate is favorable for growing a range of crops including maize, cotton, tobacco, and groundnuts.

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Photo Gallery


Bike Zambia

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Photo Gallery


Bike Zambia

If you are new to Bike Zambia, check out some images from previous rides that remind us of all the wonderful people we have ridden with and life-changing experiences we have shared together. 

If you are already on the BZ team, please share your favorite images at the groups below. Either way, we hope you enjoy!

Bike Zambia 1 - 2012

Bike Zambia 2 - 2013

Bike Zambia 3 - 2014

Bike Zambia 4 - 2015

Bike Zambia 5 - 2016

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Rider Portal


2017 Bike Zambia Rider Portal

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Rider Portal


2017 Bike Zambia Rider Portal

Thank you for visiting the Bike Zambia 2017 Rider Portal.  Please see our 2017 Rider Handbook for information about the ride including:

  • Detailed daily itinerary
  • Logistics
  • Release forms - Medical and Liability
  • Medical Information
  • Required Vaccinations
  • Detailed Packing List
  • Cycling Training
  • Bike Zambia Community Portal
  • Rider Prep Webinar Schedule
  • Information and Resources about Grantees
  • Fundraising Guidelines
  • Information on Zambia - cultural, historical, politicial

For more information, please see our FAQs.

Please see our Draft 2018 Rider Handbook here.