- Sunday | October 2, 2022
- 5:30 am - 5:30 pm
- Lake Tanganyika, Nsumbu National Park
WHAT IS IT?
The swim is an annual event, organised by Ndole Bay Lodge, which challenges competitors to complete a marathon open water swim across the waters of Lake Tanganyika in Zambia, the second deepest and the longest freshwater lake in the world. This year, the 22km swim is a one-day event on. Our aim is to raise money for the conservation of Lake Tanganyika and Nsumbu National Park by donating swimmer raised funds to the Nsumbu Tanganyika Conservation Project managed by Frankfurt Zoological Society. This year we aim to raise USD$5000 for the cause through individual swimmer sponsorship.
It is estimated the swim will take around 8-10 hours to complete. Entrants can enter as solo competitors (must be experienced in long range open water swims) or as a fun relay team where members can take turns swimming. We will have several support boats there to accommodate different swimming speeds along the way. Slower swimmers will be picked up and brought up to speed with other swimmers at regular intervals to avoid large gaps for safety reasons.
ABOUT THE CAUSE
Nsumbu National Park (NNP) lies on the shores of Lake Tanganyika in Zambia’s far north. A little-known protected area, Nsumbu remains an astounding array of pristine natural habitats including the endangered Sumbu-Itigi forests that once sprawled widely across the region and still provide critical habitat to mega herbivores. The park forms the eastern most protected area of the much wider Nsumbu -Mweru Ecosystem, some 10,200km2 of wilderness linking two of the great lakes of Africa. A mosaic of forest, floodplain and escarpment; the park also encompasses an area of Lake Tanganyika waters, one of most biologically diverse habitats on earth containing an estimated 1,000 species of animal life.
In 2017 the Nsumbu Tanganyika Conservation Project (NTCP) was established under the Frankfurt Zoological Society (FZS) to focus on securing the Nsumbu Tanganyika Ecosystem: a core wildlife area of 4,000km2 including NNP, Tondwa Game Management Area (GMA) and parts of Kaputa GMA and open areas. Immediate law enforcement support to government though the Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW) focused on protecting the remnant elephant population and a vast undisturbed wilderness.
Intense and comprehensive protected area management support is required if we are to be able to aid the recovery of iconic and threated species such as lion and black rhino and increase the security of a globally significant ecosystem able to positively contribute to human wellbeing and sustainability.
With funds reliant on donor support, this event can help to raise funds for conservation efforts, as well as bring awareness to this amazing ecosystem.
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