Anyone: Chirundu, Zambia to Beira, Mozambique?
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Sep 26, 2012 10:09 AM Last Post By: LukeIRL
Sep 12, 2012 11:02 AM
I live in Zambia and have a cycling trip idea:
Chirundu to Beira via the big main road through Zimbabwe and Mozambique. I don't know when yet, but probably December (yes, I know it will be rainy and stuff).
a. Want to join me?
b. Know anything about this route?
I have searched all I can on the route. I looked at the road with satellite, and it appears that the stretch from Chirundu to Makuti is totally bush and probably replete with animals. From there on it appears to be village, farm, town, and other patches of land.
How is cycling through the heart of Harare?
Sep 14, 2012 7:05 AM
1I thought I would share this email response I just received regarding my question, just incase someone else wanted the same information down the road:
In regards to your cross Zim route. I have wanted to do this for ages as
well but have not done it due to safety reasons. I rode Harare to Kariba in
1994 but since then the quality of the roads and drivers has got drastically
worse and when I departed from Makuti the locals warned me and my ridding
partner that lions were a big problem on the last section of the road. We
did it anway!
I know of many people that run and ride on the Makuti - Kariba section. They
are always accompanied by a vehicle, I assume Chirundi - Makuti will be the
The problem with the Harare - Chirundu section and Harare - Mutare section
is that they are main highways and the trucking business in Zim is huge.
Sadly the Makuti - Chirundu route would be a no no for me for this reason
alone. Also the Harare - Makuti section has no shoulder to the road and you
would spend your time riding among the trucks.
So my advice would be to not do it or at least come for a drive and have a
look for yourself. The one route that I am considering and a couple of guys
do for a fund raiser is ride from Bulawayo to Vic Falls. I have not done
this but there is very little trucking done on this route so it should be
Hope this information is useful?
On another note we do a very enjoyable tour in the Eastern Highlands, called
the Tour of Nyanga. This normally takes place in May and is a great part of
the country to see with lots of climbing. Always a good alternative.
Sep 14, 2012 10:04 AM
2J - I will be in Malawi around the start of December with my bike and might be interested in joining you. What dates are you thinking of? I fly out of Joburg on the 21st.
Sep 16, 2012 2:53 PM
3Good information on roads in Zimbawbe. Would love to hear any other information that you have on routes in the area. I'm flying into Lusaka on November 7, and fly back from Lusaka on January 14. I was planning on cycling to Victoria Falls, then cycle around Botswana, Namibia, and Zimbawbe. Any specific roads to avoid due to traffic?
Sep 19, 2012 9:55 AM
I don't think I want to do this particular route anymore after information I have gathered, but I still want to do a trip, so let me get back to you after I figure out another option. Or, if you have a route you are interested in, let me know.
I know most of Zambia's roads pretty well, so if you have particular questions about them let me know. Overall, in my opinion, it's a very safe country to cycle in, with the exception of drunk drivers.
Sep 26, 2012 10:09 AM
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