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Pumping Legs for Water

Begins 23 July 2020

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. For more detailed information about this event, visit What Pumping Legs for Hwange is About.

This year, the even begins on the 23rd of July. Riders check in on this day, attend a briefing and spend the night in Hwange. The first day of riding begins soon after 7am and should be completed by 2pm. Over the two days, the riders cover 160kms through the wilderness and sometimes sandy areas, on a set path.

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 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

Registration has begun. To register for this event and get information on accommodation and requirements, visit the website.


• No children under 10 years of age are allowed on the ride
• Children under the age of 16 must ride with a parent
• Children under 18 must have their indemnity form signed by their parent or guardian


Accommodation is at Hwange Main Camp and at Hwange Safari Lodge.

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