Cycling question for Zimbabwe
Replies: 12 - Last Post: Dec 2, 2012 8:58 AM Last Post By: GillesB
Sep 12, 2012 11:28 AM
Cycling question for ZimbabweHello,
This is similar to a post I put in the cycling section....
I'm researching a potential cycling trip from Zambia to Beira, Moz.
I would like to get information about the road from Chirundu, Zambia, to Harare, primarily the section from Chirundu to Makuti, and the section through Harare, and how those areas treat a cyclist.
But any other information would be very, very helpful. Even if you don't cycle but you know this road, I would be very happy to hear about it.
Oh, and if anyone wants to come, let me know. If I go, I'm thinking of going somewhere between December and late March, but I haven't figured that out yet.
Edited by: Cascobaylobster
Edited by: Cascobaylobster
Sep 13, 2012 11:05 AM
well, we did not cycle but drove the way from Kariba to Mana Pools and Mana Pools to Harare.
The beginning will be challenging because you have lots of hills, and it can be really steep.
But it is a road in a very good state, quite boring though.
You will be quite a while on the road.
Sep 14, 2012 6:18 AM
Sep 14, 2012 7:03 AM
3I emailed a person involved in the road cycling community in Zim, and he sent this reply which I thought would be helpful to anyone searching this topic 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 18, 2012 2:33 AM
4I am around this area quite often and would say there are three issues, wild animals, trucks and the road.
There are plenty lions on this road, not to mention elephant and buffalo. There are also a lot of trucks and given the fact that the road is in bad condition, the trucks don't drive so well. There is an accident daily. The road is pretty hilly and winding and surface bad.
Depending which side you coming from, I suggest taking a ride in a car/truck/taxi first before attempting the section. Would be great to ride, but some dangers involved!
Sep 19, 2012 9:57 AM
Sep 21, 2012 3:53 AM
6Do the other Route suggested or from Kariba take the across to Vic Falls or close enough to ride, then to Harare..... Would be a fabulous trip
Sep 22, 2012 11:05 PM
Sep 30, 2012 7:25 AM
Oct 9, 2012 4:54 AM
9I would definitely go for it. Masvingo is a little bit of a 'hot' spot, but you should be fine. Definietly coming up to Chimamni will be beautiful and the Vumba is out of this world. Never seen anything so beautiful in my life! Go down from Mutare through Vumba to Leopard Rock, will blow your mind!
Oct 24, 2012 1:44 PM
10I am planning a trip bus from johannesburg to Harare bicycle-Hippo pools-cohora bassa-Tete-Quelimane bus back to South africa in december 2012.Any advice is welcome.
Dec 2, 2012 2:02 AM
11Well tomorrow i am off. Lets hope all goes well. Will be testing some of those back roads of Zimbabwe and Mozambique.Have had the mountain bicycle serviced and extras added.Lets hope the rain does not wash me out.
Dec 2, 2012 8:58 AM
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