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Pumping Legs for Water

25th to 28th July 2024

Riders during the 2017 Pumping Legs for Water event in Hwange, Zimbabwe

Riders during the 2017 event

The Pumping Legs for Water event began more than 10 years ago, after the country received meagre rains and there was a desperate need for water sources for the wildlife in Hwange National Park. It was organised by Wildlife & Environment Zimbabwe, with support from Zimbabwe National Parks & Wildlife Management.

Every year after that, more than 100 mountain bikers from all over the country and the world come together in Hwange, and ride for two days in order to raise funds to develop and maintain the pumps and waterholes in the park. During the panemic, virtual rides took place all over the world. For more detailed information on what this event is about, visit What Pumping Legs for Hwange is About.

Remember, this is not a race. Ride casually and safely.

It is important to note that this two day ride is not a race! It is casual riding but still a test of endurance. Hwange is a wildlife area and that is partly why the escort vehicles include game rangers as well.

Registration for Pumping Legs for Water

Registration for participants in the main ride includes:

• Meals
• Refreshments at water points
• Participation package with riding shirt, medal, and certificate
• Basic first aid, if needed
• Services of escort/support services

Riders are responsible for:

• Hwange National Parks fees
• Transport to and from Hwange
• Riding gear and equipment

To register for this event and get information on accommodation and requirements, visit the website. Direct registration form is found here.


The ride in Hwange National Park is for children under 10 years of age, but they are welcome to participate in the virtual ride. Riders under the age of 16 must ride with a parent.

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