Welcome to RowZambezi 2017 : The Kafue Expedition

In 2017 our group of passionate Olympians, adventurers and rowers will be taking on a 1200km expedition that will push and test our limits to the extreme. The Kafue Expedition will be a challenging adventure, physically tough and wild with lots of exposure to the bush and wildlife.
This will be our third and most challenging expedition yet. But it’s an expedition with one goal – to bring clean and safe water to the African villages of Zambia and Mozambique.
Our passion and commitment is high. We are rowers. We are human beings. We want to see our earth flourish. We believe everyone deserves safe drinking water and we are inspired to help make a permanent change to the lives of the villagers in Zambia and Mozambique.

In partnership with Leander, we are bringing together the rowing community under the unifying cry of ‘on water, for water’ to deliver change. This high profile expedition is just one part of On Water For Water’s fundraising activities but it is also our most exciting, as our team’s endurance is tested throughout a 1200km row from Kitwe to Kafue along the Kafue River, the third largest tributary of the Zambezi. We’ll be in the wilds with hippos and crocodiles and at times, very little support. Our journey will have four distinct stages, taking us through the Zambian Copper Belt, the Lukangwa swamp region and the entire length of the Kafue Game Reserve – the largest in Zambia and one of the largest in Africa and concludes with almost 500km of rowing through the ecologically important Kafue Flats, before finishing at the Kafue River and Rowing Centre. This epic adventure will take us up to 31 days to complete.

We aren’t providing a handout; we are providing a helping hand, helping the villagers improve their lives.

We spend a lot of our time on water. For pleasure and with pain. We are making our time on water work for water, for Africa, for life.

Expedition Leaders

Tim Cook Headshot

Tim Cook

RowZambezi Founder
Leader of 2011 & 2014 expeditions

Andre Triggs Hodge

Andrew Triggs Hodge MBE

Double Olympic gold medallist
Three times World Champion

Debbie Flood

Debbie Flood

Double Olympic silver medallist
Former Leander club captain


RowZambezi 2017 is building on the success of our previous two expeditions, which has raised awareness and funds for Village Water, a charity that transforms lives in rural Africa through safe water, sanitation and hygiene.  And now, The Kafue Expedition is benefitting from an invaluable strategic partnership with Leander, the world’s premier rowing club.

Get Involved

There are many ways you can help and be part of RowZambezi 2017 and deliver real change.

Commercial Partners

There’s a fantastic opportunity for organisations to partner us and we’d love to hear from you. As a commercial partner, your brand will be associated with some of the world’s finest rowers. Not only that, you would have access to unique, money-can’t-buy experiences, the opportunity to attend events and have great publicity.

Goods and Services Partners

As well as commercial partners, we are looking for organisations who share our passion and drive and who could provide us with goods and services for the expedition, such as flights, medical equipment, rowing gear.
Get in touch now. We’d love to hear from you and have you as part of the RowZambezi Team.

Please contact:
Philippa Bovey, Leander:  commercial@leander.co.uk
Tim Cook, Expedition Leader:  timrcook@gmail.com


Every £1 really does count, and we are starting to collect donations for the well building on our just giving page, details here.

In 2017 we will be running a programme of events and activities to raise awareness and help raise funds, largely focussed around the UK rowing clubs, if you want your club to be part of this please email us at info@rowzambezi.com and we will send you an information pack just as soon as it’s are ready.

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