On 25th May 2014, Kasanka National Park plays host to the annual Cycle Challenge. This event invites cyclists and spectators from all over the country to participate in an off road adventure with a difference. With three races to suit every ability, pedalling pioneers can take part in the 45km Challenge, 22km Chase or for the children, the 3km Bush Hopper. Through the dense miombo forest and across the dusty tracks, the Kasanka Cycle Challenge is an event designed to be fun, exciting and raise money for the Kasanka Trust. The Trust manage the park, nearby Shoebill Island in the Bangweulu Swamps and Lavushi Manda National Park and donate all funds raised via tourism activities to conservation and community initiatives.
This year’s race is the fourth in its history and promises to be bigger and better than ever. Participants are invited to revel in the atmosphere at the camping Cycle Village, a hub of activity serving food, drinks and where cyclists will find all the information they need for their race. The start and finish posts are also found here, and spectators can cheer on their friends and loved ones.
This race is the only one of its kind in Zambia, going in and around the national park. Cyclists get a front row seat on the diverse habitats and wildlife that is found here and thanks to our safety marshals, can enjoy it without the worry of coming face to face with any of the larger wildlife species that live here. The route is fully sign posted, with attendants on the course throughout to ensure the wellbeing of the riders is paramount.