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The Elephant Charge 2012

The Elephant Charge 2012

The Elephant Charge 2012

Stamina and skill will be tested in an off-road motorsport rally in support of Zambia’s flora and fauna.

Established in 2008 and inspired by Kenya’s Rhino Charge, the Elephant Charge is an annual off-road motorsport challenge held in the Zambian bush to raise money for conservation and wildlife education. The event for cars and motorbikes demands a team effort of stamina combined with driving and navigation skills.

Teams of cars and motorbikes are challenged to complete a gruelling course at a secretly guarded location, three to four hours from Lusaka in the Zambian bush. The winning team completes a course of nine checkpoints in the shortest distance possible. Each team must find their own route between the checkpoints through valleys, over ridges and up escarpments.

Teams must designate a navigator who is issued with maps and checkpoint cards before the race. The designated driver is responsible for all the driving during the Charge - and all of the blame afterwards, while the rest of the team are runners. The runners scout through the bush for the shortest route that can be taken but which gets the team to the finish in one piece.

Elephant Charge 2012 will take place on Zambia's Independence weekend. Registration will take place on Thursday 25 October in Lusaka, scrutineering on Friday 26 October, and the event occurs Saturday 27 October at a location to be revealed to competitors at registration.

Entries will be limited to 30 car teams and five bike teams and will be filled on a first-come first-served basis. Each entry must be accompanied by a minimum pledge for sponsorship of K3 million. All the money raised through sponsorship will be given to the Elephant Charge charities which include Conservation Lower Zambezi, South Luangwa Conservation Society, Children in the Wilderness, Kasanka National Park, Chipembele Wildlife Education Trust and Project Luangwa, amongst others.

An entry fee of K2 million must also be paid by each team, used by the organisers to arrange the event. The final day for new entries is 1 September.

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