It is fantastic to know that there are people in this world passionate enough about animal conservation to put their bodies through an ordeal that some would not wish upon their worst enemies: riding around the entire border of Zimbabwe on a bicycle. Fortunately, the two members of the Zimboundary team had the courage to endure this incredible 7-week journey for this amazing cause.
Zimboundary was inspired by a South African man, Riaan Manser who, approximately 10 years ago, cycled around the entire coastline of Africa. Zimboundary is the result of many years of planning, and the fact that they were able to raise awareness and funds for wildlife conservation to protect our heritage for our children to enjoy was a great motivator. Ashley King, founder and rider, was grateful to be joined by Linda Davidson on his journey.
The rise in elephant and Rhino poaching in southern Africa has risen sharply over the past few years and much is needed in the form of funds, equipment, donations, and raising awareness to ensure that these animals are properly protected and that the species continues to flourish.
Zimbabwe is home to the Victoria Falls, the Great Zambezi River and several gorgeous game reserves, making this a truly remarkable and beautiful country. It is well known for its adrenalin- charged activities like bungee jumping and white water rafting, but nothing quite compares to the challenge these riders faced on day one.
The team consisted mostly of two cyclists (Linda Davidson & Ashley King) with others joining them enroute for shorter distances. Riding over 3700 kilometres over a total of 7 weeks, often having to rely on the local community for sources of food and water along the way, it was a physically and mentally tough ride, but they simply kept the end goal in mind: helping the local Zimparks rangers who work tirelessly to protect the wildlife from poachers in the area.
There were good days and bad ones with every step recorded on their website and Facebook page. Overall, it was a great success story with a fairy-tale ending on the 18th of August 2014, yet, they do not want it to end there, – and they are still accepting donations, which they use to buy sleeping bags, backpacks, and shoes for these rangers.
Their story is an inspirational one, and should make us all take a look at what we can do to help preserve the environment in any small way we can.