Victoria Falls to Cape Town Mountain Bike Epic
Zambia & Namibia & South Africa, Bike - Semi Slick, 21 days - from £2,295 (land only) - from €3,100 (land only) - from $3,700 (land only)
(VCMB) Southern Africa - Victoria Falls to Cape Town
The following is a basic checklist to help you with your packing. We recommend using the layering principle of clothing for predominantly warm climatic conditions and cooler evenings. Good padded cycling shorts are essential.
Your bike MUST be at least a mid level Mountain Bike such as a Specialized Rockhopper or Trek 6500. Front suspension is essential. It is vital that your bike is THOROUGHLY SERVICED and in perfect working condition before the trip.
PERSONAL CLOTHING AND ACCESSORIES
Stiff-soled cycling / SPD shoes
Base layer - short sleeve cycling top (x 2)
Mid layer - long sleeved cycling top (x 1)
Outer layer - lightweight waterproof jacket
Lightweight Fleece jacket or jumper
Regular biking gloves
Padded cycling shorts (x 2)
Cycling tights / tracksters and leg warmers
Eyewear - Biking glasses
Cycling helmet - mandatory
Daypack and contents
A cycling daypack (e.g. Camelbak) of at least 15- 20 litres total capacity is recommended
Water bladder - min. 2 litres
Lightweight waterproof top
Puncture repair kit
Small roll of gaffer tape
Lightweight Fleece Jacket or Jumper
Basic First Aid Kit. Including: antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, Insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).
Trek Bag Contents
Travel and apres biking clothes (with some warmer clothes)
Training/Leisure shoes for apres biking
Wash bag, towel, toiletries, including anti-bacterial handwash
Small padlock (to lock trek bag)
Sleeping bag (Comfort Rating zero degrees centigrade)
Sleeping bag liner
Chamois cream (e.g. Assos/Ozone)
PERSONAL TOOLS AND SPARES
Please note: If you are hiring a bike, you do not need to bring any spares but you should still take a pump, a puncture repair kit and a couple of 26 x 2 inch standard mountain bike inner tubes with Presta valves.
You should bring the following with you as a minimum. Whilst not essential, it is a good idea that you familiarise yourself with how to carry out at least some basic repairs e.g. fixing a puncture, changing an inner tube. Naturally the bike guide will always be happy to assist with any repairs, but due to the often remote nature of our trips, being able to carry out a simple repair can save time and inconvenience waiting for assistance.
Tyres - for this trip you will need: 1 pair of 1.9 inch semi-slick tyres suitable for predominantly dry dirt road conditions and 1 pair of 2 to 2.1 inch cross-country tyres suitable for mostly dry conditions.
Plastic tyre levers
Small tube of grease
1 rear brake cable
1 rear gear cable
Spare set of brake blocks / disc pads (front and rear)
2 spare spokes for front and rear wheels
4 x inner tubes
Liquid chain lube (bottle not aerosol)
Multi-tool with allen keys
Chain link extractor (if not on multi-tool)
2x puncture repair kits
A rag and brush for cleaning bike and drive train.
Spare chain links
Spares specific to your bike**
KE tools and spares
On all of our trips we carry a toolkit and a basic range of spares for emergencies. As bikes become increasingly part specific it is impossible to carry a comprehensive range of spares compatible with all makes and models of bike. **Please ensure you bring any bike-specific spares that might be needed - such as disc brake bleed kits (and appropriate fluid), shock pumps etc.
Energy Gels/Sports Drinks/Power Bars
Our back up vehicle will carry ample supplies of water and lunches but if you like a particular energy gel, sports drink or power bar we suggest you bring a selection of your preferred choice along.
One option is that you use your own bike. However, Trek 4500 bikes can be hired locally. Please refer to Bike Hire in the trip dossier for an indication of hire costs. Bike rental costs are paid directly in Livingstone on Day 1. The hire charge does not include damage to or loss of the bike, other than fair wear and tear. You may need to pay a security deposit or leave your credit card details to cover potential damage or loss. If you want to hire a bike, please contact the KE office and we can reserve one on your behalf. We must stress that your hire contract is with the local rental company and KE cannot be held responsible for any issues arising from bike rental. If you do hire a bike, we recommend that you take your own shoes, pedals and possibly even your saddle, which will go a long way towards making it feel like your own bike. You will also need to take a helmet, which must be worn at all times when riding. One final issue with regard to the hire bikes is that they are generally fitted with regular knobbly tyres. However, a pair of semi-slick tyres is also provided with the hire bikes and these can be fitted for those sections of the route where they make the cycling easier.
Please do not hesitate to call us for further advice about what to bring or any other aspect of this trip. We are more than happy to offer you the benefit of our experience. Further helpful information can also be found in the Your Bike, Baggage Allowances, Climate and Travelling with Your Bike sections of the detailed trip dossier.