Following on the success of the 2014 event, the Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust will be hosting another Enduro Motorbike Fun Ride, incorporating the second round of the Southern Off-Road Championship, at the beginning of May this year.
Tickets for the event are selling at $105 per rider and include a T-shirt, a meal ticket for Friday the 2nd of May, Saturday night’s gala dinner, and medical cover, with helicopter evacuation if need be, for the duration of the ride. Accommodation is not included, so make sure you book your spot at a nearby Victoria Falls hotel, such as Ilala Lodge, in advance.
All the proceeds go to the Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust, which aims to foster a positive attitude towards wildlife among the communities of Victoria Falls, and throughout Southern Africa. Their tasks mainly involve rehabilitation of orphaned and injured wildlife, with veterinary intervention as required, and support of community projects. Victoria Falls Wildlife trust has Sylvester the Cheetah, one of the orphans, as their mascot. This cat serves as an example of the cheetah’s struggle in Africa, and through his interaction with visitors, has become quite the celebrity at the rehabilitation centre.
It is hoped that a celebrity of the enduro world, professional competitor, Dave Reeve of Zambia, will be making a reappearance at this year’s event. However, you don’t have to be a rider of Reeve’s stature to enter the event. There are both novice and experienced routes to tackle, and anyone with an off-road motorcycle or quad bike may participate.
The Enduro takes place through the Hwange Communal lands along the Batoka Gorge, which provides a variety of challenges for riders at every level. Day one, May 2nd, sees riders undertake a thrilling 110km ride, and the following day’s race takes place over 150km of rugged terrain.
Uniquely, Day Three is reserved for experiencing the wide range of Victoria Falls activities, many of which are offered at a discount to participants in the race. You are free to try your hand at some activities such as bungee jumping, horse riding, and abseiling, or taking on the white waters of the Zambezi in a raft or kayak.