Welcome To The RowZambezi Challenge 2018

In July and August 2018, 3 boat crews are taking part in the RowZambezi Challenge – unique and never before attempted 900km, 18 day sculling exploration down the wilds of the Kafue River, the third largest tributary of the Zambezi full of hippos and crocodiles – an epic trip that will push and test our limits to the extremes of human endurance.

Three boats and 18 rowers, including Team GB Olympian Zoë de Toledo, members of Cambridge University Mens and Oxford University Womens Boat Race boat clubs as well as some of Africa’s top rowers including 2017 Filippi Spirit Award winner Micheen Thornycroft.

Our journey will start in the Kafue National Park and on to row the wilderness of the ecologically important Kafue Flats, before finishing at the site of our partner, World Rowing’s Kafue River and Rowing Centre.

The expedition story

Live Tracking

Our 3 expedition boats will be equipped with Yellow Brick GPS trackers. Once we are underway, we will be broadcasting data on the our progress as we tackle 900km of the Kafue River. Please do come back to this page to see how we are doing.

our squad

Zoe De Toledo
Zoë De Toledo

Olympic Silver Medallist
European Rowing Championships Gold Medallist

Mouse Thornycroft
Micheen (Mouse) Thornycroft

2 time Zimbabwean Olympic Rower
2017 Filippi Spirit Award Winner

Desmond Nanchengwa

Top Single Male Sculler In Zambia
Competed In 3 World Championship Events

See the whole squad

Sponsor Us

RowZambezi 2018 will use rowing to highlight fresh water issues in Africa raising funds to create solutions now and for the future by supporting the Kafue River & Rowing Centre and Village Water.

Every day we will be aiming for our 3 boats to row on average 65km each (equivalent to 10 hours continuous rowing or 1.5 marathons per boat).If you would like to be part of our expedition you can help RowZambezi 2018 by sponsoring one (or more) of these kilometres, or sponsor the hippo chasing us down the Kafue for any amount you choose. Sponsorship can be made in GB pounds or US dollars, As well as helping us achieve our goals, if you sponsor the boat you will become part of the RowZambezi Sculling Club PLUS you will be entered into a series of prize draws to win some great experiences and prizes including.

Sponsor Us




Start:Kafue National Park

Finish:Kafue River & Rowing Centre

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our blog

Sunset on the pond, by expedition photographer Anthony Benoit

From media centers to Zambian bush; drastic change in my work space and time

Posted by Anthony Benoit | 13 Jun 2018

Only seven weeks to go until our team starts sculling on the Kafue river;

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Alex Woods

An opportunity for meaningful research

Posted by Alex Woods | 1 Jun 2018

As the RowZambezi Expedition draws closer we’re all starting to get really excited

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Little Ndaba Dolls

Kafue Kids Part 2 - Boat Race 2018

Posted by Louise Cook | 24 May 2018

We went out on boat race day, all bundled up and cosy. It was a cold and rainy day.

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