Victoria Falls WCPR loft
It is no wonder that many internationally renowned pigeon fanciers have chosen to test their breeding against the best in the world in the Victoria Falls World Challenge Pigeon Race. Situated on the great Zambezi river in Zimbabwe, the race is in one of Africa's most majestic and safest tourist destinations and with prize money of $1,000,000 on offer, there is every encouragement to send the world's best pigeons to compete. Victoria Falls itself is one of the seven natural wonders of the world, the Hwange National Park is close by and Chobe in Botswana is just eighty kilometres away. It is a spectacular location for a spectacular race!
Close up of the loft
Thirty countries from around the world are present in Victoria Falls. Pigeons from countries such as the United Kingdom, Holland, Belgium, Austria and Bulgaria amongst others in Europe, have been joined by birds from as far afield as Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Canada, Mexico and the United States. This is by no means an exhaustive list of the competing countries so...
The total number of pigeons that started training was 3,319, a total of 89.2% of the total entry. In total these pigeons have undertaken fifty-two training and racing flights with a total of 2,402 miles flown in preparation for hotspot five. Total losses up to the current moment in time are 38% of the total entry.
Best overall bird rankings 2019
The current ace pigeons rankings 2019
Birds are received at the loft from August to November the year prior to the race; they are orientated to the loft and then training starts early the following year. Already this season there have been eight races, including the first four hotspot races. The fifth hotspot race takes place this coming weekend (6th July) from Gweru, a distance of 450 kilometres and a report on this will be appearing on PIPA shortly. The final race is scheduled for 19th July 2019 from Kyle Dam (602km).
Victoria Falls at twilight
One important thing to mention about the Victoria Falls World Challenge Pigeon Race is that conservation efforts and under-privileged communities will gain significantly from this annual event, including highly commendable anti-poaching trusts whose under-funded, yet unyielding work in the area protects a variety of species, such as rhinos, elephants and lions. The organisers will shortly be accepting entries for next year's Victoria Falls WCPR so take a look at their website, contact your country's agent and start planning which pigeons you would like to compete with in 2020.
A view of wildlife from a lodge
Some of the excellent hospitality on offer