Welcome to RowZambezi 2017 : The Kafue Expedition

In 2017 our group of passionate rowers, adventurers and Team GB Olympians will be taking on an epic 1,000km expedition that will push and test our limits to the extremes of human endurance.

Because everyone has potential.

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.

With the support of British Rowing and Leander Club, the world’s premier rowing club, we bring role models from our sport to teach, guide, and mentor athletes and coaches on the rivers and waters of their own nations, developing access to local, regional and international competition and sustainable rowing activity.

Rowing is a sport of diversity, inclusion and unity.  We celebrate this.

This high profile expedition is our most exciting yet, as our team’s endurance is tested throughout a 1,000km 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 three distinct stages, taking us through the Zambian Copper Belt, 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 challenging adventure will take us up to 21 days to complete.

Without clean water we have no life and we have no sport. Through the #OnWaterForWater campaign, the expeditions of RowZambezi will not only promote rowing but will highlight water and sanitation issues in Africa raising funds to create wells and provide fresh water for those most at need.

Our Team

Tim Cook Headshot

Tim Cook

RowZambezi Founder
Leader of 2011 & 2014 expeditions

Andre Triggs Hodge

Andrew Triggs Hodge MBE

Triple Olympic gold medallist
Quadruple 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 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

This is a fantastic opportunity for organisations to become a funding partner with RowZambezi offering a ready-made and flexible platform adapted to a variety of corporate objectives with the application of sport as an instrument of community and social change. Your brand will gain visibility through the months leading up to, and throughout the expedition, and will be associated with some of the world’s finest athletes

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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