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, 14 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, organised into strong crews; the Orange Boat is captained by Team GB Olympian Zoë de Toledo and includes TV presenter and former model Jodie Kidd, the BoatRace Challenge Boat comprises members of all four Boat Race boat clubs rowing together rather than competing against each other, and the Team Africa Boat features some of Africa’s top rowers including RSA Olympic Gold Medallist Sizwe Ndlovu

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

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 fund RowZambezi 2018 by sponsoring one (or more) of these kilometres. As well as helping us achieve our goals, 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 a rowing experience at OUBC and being hosted at the Henley Royal Regatta with the Expedition Leader.

Sponsor Us

Sponsored Boats




Start:Kafue National Park

Finish:Kafue River & Rowing Centre

0 KM
900 KM

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
Teacher/ Masters Student

Emma Spruce
Emma Spruce

Boat Race Winner (Oxford)
First Expedition

See the whole squad

Become a Partner

This is a fantastic opportunity for organisations to become a funding partner or goods and services partner with RowZambezi.

Expedition sponsors will engage with the sport in exciting ways, as we reach out to the rowing community, adventurers and the general public both in the UK and Southern Africa. Your brand will gain visibility through the months leading up to, and throughout the expedition, and will be associated with athletes, celebrities and a fantastic cause.

Get in touch now. We’d love to hear from you and have you as part of the RowZambezi Team.

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our blog

Clare Balding

Clare Balding becomes Patron of RowZambezi

Posted by Darren Low | 14 Dec 2017

RowZambezi is delighted to announce Clare Balding as a patron.

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Exotix Charity Day

£56,000 at Exotix Capital annual Charity Day

Posted by Darren Low | 3 Dec 2017

RowZambezi boat captain Zoë de Toledo teamed up with staff at Exotix to raise money for 4 charities

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Fairburn Cup Activity

The Red Boat's first outing

Posted by Fi Macklin | 5 Dec 2017

2nd Dec saw our Red Boat crew, composed of one member from each Boat Race club, row together...

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