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, including Team GB Olympian Zoë de Toledo, TV presenter and former model Jodie Kidd, members of all the Boat Race boat clubs as well as some of Africa’s top rowers including RSA Olympic Gold Medallist Sizwe Ndlovu and recent 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

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, 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 a rowing experience at OUBC and being hosted at the Henley Royal Regatta with the Expedition Leader.

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Start:Kafue National Park

Finish:Kafue River & Rowing Centre

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900 KM

our squad

Zoe De Toledo
Zoë De Toledo

Olympic Silver Medallist
European Rowing Championships Gold Medallist

Jodie Kidd
Jodie Kidd

Television Presenter
Pub Landlady

Mouse Thornycroft
Micheen (Mouse) Thornycroft

2 time Zimbabwean Olympic Rower
2017 Filippi Spirit Award Winner

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

My transition from coxswain to sculler

Posted by Zoë de Toledo | 1 May 2018

Transition from coxswain to sculler was slightly derailed by the minor event of having brain surgery

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Micheen Thornycroft

Micheen Thornycroft wins Filippi Spirit Award

Posted by Darren Low | 12 Feb 2018

FISA and Filippi announce that Micheen Thornycroft is the winner of the 2017 Filippi Spirit Award.

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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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