Combine Sporting Challenges and Safari!
Zimbabwe has a great sporting history and legacy – maybe due to its wonderful climate and beautiful outdoor areas. Taking part in one of many sporting challenges whilst visiting is the perfect way to achieve and
Having taken part in the annual Victoria Falls half marathon and the multi-day Matobo Heritage Trail Run I can attest to the feeling of triumph and comradeship that occurs at these events. There is no better way to kickstart your trip before some time relaxing in one of the country’s many wild areas- or combine with a stay in nearby Botswana, Zambia, Namibia or South Africa.
Below is a list of the most popular events in Zimbabwe and the links to the relevant event sites for more information. We have a long history of taking place in and planning people’s accommodation and touring around these events so please don’t hesitate to get in touch and start your adventure today!
Trail Running Events
May 09th to 13th
Mapungubwe Transfrontier Wild Run
A 92km, 3-day trail running safari experience through the culturally significant & wildlife-rich bushveld of the Greater Mapungubwe Transfrontier Conservation Area.
From the ancient Mapungubwe citadel in South Africa, to the savannah of Botswana’s Tuli block, across the mighty Limpopo River and along the gigantic Shashe River, through rural villages, past huge Baobabs & along ancient elephant trails etched into stone in Zimbabwe… this is the ultimate safari-on-the-run experience in one of Africa’s most sought-after big-game areas.
The Matobo Hills World Heritage Trail Run
The event is held over two days, with day one covering 30 km and day two covering 20 km. Runners followed GPS trails through the spectacular scenery of the Matobo Hills National Park. A small event with great camraderie and support throughout and the chance to view ancient rock art, incredible gorges and rocky outcrops, rural village life and great birding.
Umfurudzi Trail Run.
Umfurudzi Park is just 100km from Harare. This National Park has amazing landscapes and stunning waterways and offers day trippers and campers a wealth of outdoor activities.
The Umfurudzi Trail Run has four different route options available, offering 7.5km,12.5km, 25km and 50km Trail Run all with spectacular scenic routes.
The Far & Wide Sky Run
Described as Zimbabwe’s most challenging ultramarathon. The run takes place in Zimbabwe’s Eastern Highlands in the beautiful wilderness areas of the Mutarazi Falls and Nyanga National Parks.
The Sky Run is an incredible ultramarathon trail run that can be run in a relay by three runners, two runners or by a single contestant. The total distance of the SKY RUN is 52.2 km however it can be run in relay teams of 2 or 3 runners.
PPC Matopos 33 Miler
Zimbabwe’s most popular ultra-marathon. The Matopos 33 Miler is the ultimate test of endurance. The run takes place in one of Zimbabwe’s most spectacular national parks. beautiful winding roads of the Matobo National Park, passing Malindidzumu, the Limpopo to Zimbabwe escarpment and then onto the city of Bulawayo.
There is also a 21km half marathon, the relay race (6 runners doing 9km each) or the 5km fun run – all along the same route. This truly historic marathon first took place in 1963.
Road Running Events
July 21st Victoria Falls
Econet Victoria Falls Marathon
One of the most scenic runs on the continent attracting runners from 24 countries worldwide. This race is one of the most scenic, wild and fun runs on the African Continent. Crossing the spectacular bridge border between Zimbabwe and Zambia, the route offers great views of the Falls and river.
And with the routing through the Zambezi National Park, chances are good you may spot some wildlife. The official sunset cruise and after party are also extremely fun and well organised.
October 9th, Harare
PPC Msasa Marathon
The fun-filled event takes place in the capital of Zimbabwe, Harare allowing easy access to any destination pre or post race.
The 42km marathon begins at the PPC Msasa plant, where runners overcome the hot weather in a race that ends at Old Hararians Sports Club. 21 km and 5km fun runs are also available and this is a fun-filled family event with food and entertainment after the race.
Mountain Biking and Trail Riding
July 7th to 9th
Zambezi Cycle Challenge
The three-day stage event covers a distance of between 50 to 80 km each day. The event is a mixture of tough trails, rolling Jeep tracks and majestic scenery all taking place in the Zambezi National Park amidst herds of elephant and buffalo. Safety is well covered by professional personnel and the overall organisation is first class making this THE “must do bucket list” MTB event of central Africa.
Matobo World Heritage MTB Challenge
The Matobo Hills World Heritage MTB Challenge (referred to as the Matopos Heritage Challenge) is held each year and encompasses three days of superb mountain bike riding crossing the Matobo Hills World Heritage Site from west to east, south to north, and lowest to highest points. It includes exclusive permission to ride in the Matobo Game Park, home to Zimbabwe’s most significant rhino herd, as well as riding through numerous rural areas and private farms, all within the Matobo Hills.