Celebrating the bicentenary
of the birth of Dr David Livingstone

19 March 2013 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of David Livingstone. This explorer, writer, missionary, medic and anti-slavery campaigner rose from humble beginnings in a Lanarkshire tenement to become celebrated as “Africa’s first freedom fighter.” Join us in rediscovering a man whose life and legacy has spanned continents.


Bicentenary 1000km Mountain Bike Tour - South Africa

A charity mountain bike tour to celebrate the 200th birthday of David Livingstone.

This South African tour will leave the Moffat Museum in Kuruman and follow Livingstone's route north to Gopane, where he fought the lion, and ending in Botswana at the confluence of the Marico River with the Limpopo, where he carved his name in a tree.

This is a back-to-basics tour on the dirt roads and tracks David Livingstone would have taken. We will live on a food allowance of less than £1 per person per day and will be drinking only river water. 

The tour will take ten days over 1000km of trails and will be limited to 20 riders. This is a tour and not a race and suitable for anyone who can cover the distance. Priority will be given to pairs of riders as tents will be shared. If your partner wishes to partcipate but is unable to cycle there are a couple of non-riding spaces available in the support vehicle – same fee applies.

Part of the entry fee will be donated to Qhubeka, a charity organisation that provides bicycles for rural Africans children – each entrant in the Tour will fund two bikes for donation at the end of the event.


Where & when


Moffat Mission, , Kuruman, , South Africa

Date & time

Tue, 19 Mar 2013 - Fri, 29 Mar 2013
Departs from Kuruman


This is an old event, tickets are no longer for sale


Colin Cooper

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