The Elephant Charge is an annual off-road motorsport challenge held in the Zambian bush to raise money for conservation and wildlife education causes.
It is a unique and exciting team event for cars and motorbikes that requires stamina combined with excellent driving and navigation skills.
Held each year in October, the event brings together competitors, their families, and supporters for a weekend of fun and competition in the Zambian wilderness. The event is held at a different location each year over Zambia's Independence weekend in late October.
The winning team is the one that completes a course of 9 checkpoints in the shortest distance possible. Each team must find their own route between the checkpoints through valleys, over ridges, and up escarpments in a trial of driving, navigating, and endurance.
In 2011, the Elephant Charge raised ZMK425,000,000 (US$83,513) for 9 education and conservation organizations working all over Zambia to ensure that the new generation understands the importance of conservation for Zambia's future.
The previous year, the Elephant Charge raised more than ZMK330,000,000 for The Lusaka National Park, South Luangwa Conservation Society, Conservation Lower Zambezi, and The Kafue Trust. And in 2009, The Elephant Charge raised ZMK40,066,000 for Children in The Wilderness.
ELEPHANT CHARGE 2012 PROGRAM
Thursday, October 25
0800-1200 hours: Meet at registration in Lusaka for sign-in, fitting of DMDs, Scrutineering and directions to the Elephant Charge HQ
1200hours: Campsite opens
Friday, October 26
1000-1500 hours: Scrutineering
1600 hours: Team Briefing and handout of maps
Saturday, October 27
0545 hours: Teams assemble at HQ for convoy to Starting Checkpoints
0700 hours: Elephant Charge begins
1500hours: Elephant Charge ends, all teams report back to HQ
1530hours: Rugby World Cup Final
1700hours: Official results and prize giving
Sunday, October 28