Mix four days of half-marathon distance trail running with an immersive African cultural experience and you get the 2nd annual MOSI-OA-TUNYA Victoria Falls Trail Tour.
“Our partners Patrizio Bogni and Rosella Stramare have organized a dream tour for trail runners,” said XTERRA managing director Dave Nicholas. “The itinerary is amazing and provides a true once-in-a-lifetime type of experience.”
It all starts August 12 in Livingstone, a small tourist town in Zambia named after the famous British explorer David Livingstone who was the first European to explore the area.
“The first impression is one of sheer awe, as you see and feel the world’s longest sheet of falling water at Victoria Falls, one of the world’s most famous waterfalls. Victoria Falls is double that of Niagara Falls: they extend for 1700 m from Zambia to Zimbabwe,” said Bogni, who has years of experience running trail tours in Africa. “It’s an incredible environment, and a very secure and safe place.”
The first day’s race is 23-kilometers through the Zambian wild, starting and finishing in the traditional Simonga Village. After, runners are offered the chance for Lion and Elephant encounters.
Day two is 15km through Zambezi canyon followed by a grilled lunch along the Zambezi River, then some rafting. On day three the 21km stage rolls along the river and through traditional, remote villages, and afternoon touring could include a microlight Falls tour. The fourth and final race is 19km cuts through the Batoka gorges to Taita Falcon Lodge, then through the bush to Mukuni Village where the chief of all the local tribes resides.
“The MOSI-OA-TUNYA Trail will allow the participants not only to run or walk but also to have very special experiences: rafting, bungee Jumping, walking safaris, helicopter or deltaplane flights,” explained Bogni. “The last day is dedicated to a Botswana Chobe park safari, one of the most interesting parks in Africa to see the Big Fives! This Trail is a real African experience: you will be back with the dream of African spaces, African people, culture, traditions and of Safari!”
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