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Thinking of coming to the race? BOOK NOW! - 2018-11-16

Race week program and accommodation If you are thinking of coming to the race you need to book your accommodation now! July is a busy time of the year for Victoria Falls as a tourist destination and the hotels are filling up very quickly. Our Race Week program is on our website, https://www.victoriafallswcpr.com/rwprogramme.php As well as the accommodation that is available, https://www.victoriafallswcpr.com/accommodation.php To book, simply click “Book Now” on any of the packages or hotels on the above accommodation link or email Lesley Hunt on craighuntsafaris@gmail.com We have negotiated packages with 3 of the hotels in Victoria Falls and most fanciers will stay at one of these. Unfortunately Ilala Lodge has informed us that they are now full over this period and that package is therefore no longer available. We ..... read more

PIPA Auction – 5 days left! - 2018-10-30

The PIPA Auction of the top 66 birds from our June 2018 yearling series of 600 km has been running for just over a week now. It ends on 4 November. You can follow the auction and bid on PIPA’s website; https://auctions.pipa.be/en/auction/2018-11-victoria-falls-world-challenge-pigeon-race-zim Use this opportunity to add some amazing birds to your stock loft!   2019 Race Season A reminder that we have the following intakes still; Europe – deliver on 1st and 2nd November to DQVS in Netherlands South Africa – deliver birds by the end of October to agents USA and Canada – contact John E Nelson Middle East – deliver birds by the end of October to Kuwait agent Don’t miss out! Contact your agent now! https://www.victoriaf..... read more

Kassel draw - winners - 2018-10-29

Congratulations to the following 3 fanciers for winning a free entry and 4 reserves for the 2019 intake in our Kassel draw; Erich Walter, Timo Wagner and Enrico & Nicole Knote! Thank you to everyone that visited our stand last weekend at another successful Kassel Show!..... read more

4 days to PIPA Auction! - 2018-10-18

The PIPA Auction of the top 66 birds from our June 2018 yearling series of 600 km starts at 17.00 this coming Monday 22 October. It will run for 2 weeks and end on 4 November. You can follow the auction and bid on PIPA’s website; https://auctions.pipa.be/en/auction/2018-11-victoria-falls-world-challenge-pigeon-race-zim..... read more

Extended Intake! - 2018-10-10

Numbers of pigeons are steadily climbing at the race loft in Victoria Falls. We currently have 3041 pigeons in total with 251 of these birds in the quarantine station. We also have pigeons in USA and Europe waiting to be shipped to us. Our race loft capacity without any extensions is 5000 pigeons so we have plenty of space for the birds. Up to date we have had 40 mortalities in quarantine which is 1.28% of the birds that we have received so far. There are fanciers who missed the earlier shipments who have some late bred birds and who have requested for another intake. The racing program only starts in May 2019 which gives us approximately 6 months to prepare the birds. We have therefore extended the operations in the quarantine station to accommodate any later entries. We have the following intakes still; Europe – deliver on 1st and 2nd November to DQVS in Netherlands South Africa – deliver birds by the end of October..... read more

Don't miss out! - 2018-09-26

Since we last reported we have had another 740 pigeons released from quarantine and they will be in their new home, the Victoria Falls race loft by this weekend. The health of the pigeons has been excellent, and they have responded well to our health programme and system. This last batch of pigeons has had a total of 3 mortalities which is less than 0.5% of the flock. Time is running out to enter the race for this year! The final entries for Europe must be delivered to DQVS on the 2nd & 3rd of October. Pigeons can also still be entered from USA, Canada and Middle East for shipment to us in October. DON’T MISS OUT on having a chance to compete for the ONE MILLION US DOLLAR prize pot!! Contact your agent now! https://www.victoriafallswcpr.com/agents.php..... read more

PIPA Sale - 2018-09-16

Victoria Falls World Challenge are pleased to announce that we have a date set for the sale of the winning pigeons from the Yearling Series which finished with a final from 602 km (374 miles). These top-quality pigeons from some of the world’s leading breeders are in excellent health and will be on offer by PIPA. The birds will be in quarantine in USA from Wednesday 19th September. The auction will start on Monday 22nd October after quarantine and whilst the pigeons are still in the USA. All shipping and quarantine costs will be charged to the buyers and the details of costs will be advertised on the PIPA site before and during the sale. We will publish the link to the auction on PIPA as soon as it has been set up...... read more

Newsflash - 2018-09-03

Intake into the Victoria Falls race is going well. So far we have received 2576 pigeons of which all except 495 are through quarantine and enjoying their freedom under sunny skies in Victoria Falls. Many of the top breeders in the world are entering again this year to test their breeding against the best. We still await more shipments from Europe, North America, Middle East, South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe. Our last intake will be received in Zimbabwe in October. Our quarantine site near the International Airport can accommodate a total of 4500 birds at any time at full capacity. We however do not overcrowd the pigeons and they are well spread out. Each consignment is kept separate in one of 6 lofts with 5 sections in each loft and goes through the vaccination and treatment program. All pigeons are handled on intake and graded according to health and condition. At the same time, they are vaccinated, treated for canker as well as external and internal paras..... read more

Don't miss out! Send your birds! There is still time! - 2018-08-30

We are receiving birds up until October 2018. Entry Fee is USD 950 for 1 activated pigeon with 4 reserves. Contact your country agent for shipping details: https://www.victoriafallswcpr.com/agents.php Read are terms and conditions here: https://www.victoriafallswcpr.com/terms.php or download them and or the entry forms: https://www.victoriafallswcpr.com/forms.php  ..... read more

Newsflash - 2018-08-08

As a service to our fanciers in our continual improvement program, Vic Falls has some exciting developments for this coming season. This includes satellite vehicle tracking of our pigeon transporter at the liberation point and additional improved communications with videos, weather conditions and news updates via WhatsApp. Intake dates We have had requests from fanciers to have a shipment in October and have therefore organised with the Dutch Quarantine and Veterinary Services to receive pigeons on 3rd and 4th October for quarantine. This is in addition to the August and September intakes already scheduled. Please contact your agent to make arrangements to send your birds. USA, Kuwait and South Africa will also have intakes for shipping in September and October, the details of which can be obtained from your agents. Our agents are on our website; https://www.victoriafallswcpr.com/agents.php..... read more

Nearly 1300 birds received so far for this coming season! - 2018-08-02

We are excited to announce that to date we have received 1284 birds in 2 Shipments from USA and 2 Shipments from Europe, and we are still expecting many more shipments before our Quarantine Loft closes in October! The birds are doing well, watch this video of how we vaccinate and receive them in; https://www.facebook.com/victoriafallswcpr/videos/1855580004748815/ Have YOU sent YOUR birds?? Don’t miss the opportunity to partake in this one-of-a-kind One Loft Race that is a test of the best across some of the most remote, wild and stunning landscapes in the world! Put your birds to the true test of greatness and race against some of the World’s Top Pigeons through challenging African conditions. Prove your birds are the best and win some of the incredible 1 million USD Prize Money!   A reminder of our Intake Dates; We are receiving birds ..... read more

Birds for sale - Offers have closed! - 2018-07-21

Offers have closed! The highest offers are shown below. Payment of the sale price as well as the shipping and quarantine (if applicable) must be paid by Tuesday 24th July at 12 noon CAT, otherwise the person with the next highest offer will be allowed to buy the bird. Shipping per bird to Kuwait is $160, to USA is $450 and to Belgium is $600. We unfortunately cannot currently export to South Africa.  If you would like to see how the bird performed over all races and trainings this season, you can enter the Pigeon # into the filter entries box on this link, https://www.oneloftrace.live/?page=8&loft_id=35&flight_id=1525768639&season_id=4 and then click on the pigeon.   ..... read more

Intake dates 2018 for 2019 race season! - 2018-07-19

We would like to remind all our fanciers that our intake for next year’s race season is still open! Don’t miss out on entering your birds! We are receiving birds up until the first week of October 2018 with birds being delivered to agents 3 to 4 weeks before each shipment. There are still 2 intake dates by our European agents to the Dutch Quarantine Veterinary Services (DQVS) in the Netherlands; 9 and 10 August 2018 6 and 7 September 2018 Please contact our agent in your country to arrange delivery of your birds through them. Our agents are on our website; https://www.victoriafallswcpr.com/agents.php For countries outside of Europe please cont..... read more

Birds which have returned from the final race - 2018-07-06

Now that VFWCPR has completed the final race of the yearling series the remaining pigeons must be cleared from the loft. This is not an easy task because of restrictions on the movement of birds worldwide and the extremely high cost of shipping pigeons. Nevertheless, there are birds which are valuable, and we have given the opportunity to entrants to take possession of their birds. There are 3 scenarios; 1.      Winning pigeons selected by PIPA will go to Europe for sale at no cost to the entrant. 2.      Other activated pigeons not selected by PIPA can be sent to the entrants if they pay the shipping and quarantine costs (there will be no sale price). 3.      Pigeons not ac..... read more

Loft List from Final Race - 2018-07-02

At the end of the third day of the Final Race we have 438 birds back out of 584 (75%). Herewith the link to the Loft List; https://www.oneloftrace.live/?page=8&loft_id=35&flight_id=1530553100&season_id=4..... read more

PIPA Interview - 2018-07-02

PIPA was Live at Victoria Falls World Challenge Pigeon Race - Interview with Geoff Armand, CEO https://www.facebook.com/518066471733183/videos/785843278288833/..... read more

Final Race Results - 2018-07-01

The final race of the Yearling Series was held yesterday, 30 June from 602 km (374 miles). We are pleased to say that the final number of activated birds was 446 in this Yearling Series! This means that the prize money payout is up to 133rd place in the Final Race! The full race report will be released soon. In the meantime, we would like to formally congratulate the fanciers who have won prizes. (Bonus Race results are also online) A special thank you to PIPA for attending the Final Race and for their great report on it;  https://www.pipa.be/en/trips/trip/south-africans-andre-reynders-ronnie-huebsch-win-vfwcpr-yearling-edition-alfons-klaas We stopped the clock midday on the second day in order to scan and identify selected pigeons to be photographed by PIPA for their sale. At this time we had 371 birds ho..... read more

Final Race liberation point - 2018-06-30

Final Race liberation point this morning per satellite tracking in our truck..... read more

Final Race release video! - 2018-06-30

https://www.facebook.com/victoriafallswcpr/videos/1827592620880887/  ..... read more

FINAL RACE - 2018-06-29

Scheduled for tomorrow morning, 30 June from Lake Mutirikwi (formerly Lake Kyle), 602 km with a liberation time of 7.00 am. The flight is on our website Home page under Running Race in red on the right with all the relevant links; https://www.victoriafallswcpr.com/ Alternatively you can view it on the Benzing site as usual; https://www.oneloftrace.live/?page=1&loft_id=35&flight_id=1525768639&season_id=4 Note that the Live Stream cameras will be running; https://www.youtube.com/c/Victoriafallswcprace/live LAST CHANCE - Don’t forget to enter the Bonus Races (pooling) in your login profile! Herewith the Recovery Bay list; ..... read more

Yearling Training Flight 20 - 2018-06-25

A reminder that Bonus Races are open for the Final, don’t forget to enter!   Training Flight 20 – last flight before the Final Race this coming Saturday Scheduled for tomorrow morning, 26 June from 103 km with a liberation time of 7.00 am. The flight is on our website Home page under Running Race in red on the right with all the relevant links; https://www.victoriafallswcpr.com/ Alternatively you can view it on the Benzing site as usual; https://www.oneloftrace.live/?page=1&loft_id=35&flight_id=1529926020&season_id=4 Herewith the Recovery Bay list; # ..... read more

PIPA Article on VFWCPR - 2018-06-22

Thank you to PIPA for publishing an Article on our Race! See the Article here: https://www.pipa.be/en/newsandarticles/news/victoria-falls-wcpr-2018-race-hotspot-2-prize-money-results   Good luck to all Fanciers for the Yearling Series Final Race next weekend! If you would like to activate a For Sale bird kindly email us. Simply transfer the payment to our bank account or ask us to email a Credit Card payment request...... read more

Yearling Race 8 - 2018-06-22

We are pleased to say that 428 birds are currently activated in this Yearling Series! This means that the prize money payout will be extended up to 124th place in the Final Race! Any pigeons clocked in the 1st 124 birds will at least earn the entrance fee back. This will continue to increase as more birds are activated as per the terms; Guaranteed minimum prize money payout - US$100 000 total based on 200 paid entries at US$500 each. Every paid entry after 200 birds adds US$250 to total prize money payout. This extra prize money will be for 11th position onward in the Final Race at US$500 per place (so an additional position will be paid at US$500 for every 2 extra paid birds over 200 birds)   Race 8 Scheduled for tomorrow morning, 23 June from 235 km with a liberation time of 7.00 am. The flight is on our website Home page under Running Race in red on the right with all the relevant links; ..... read more

Yearling Training Flight 19 - 2018-06-19

Scheduled for tomorrow morning, 20 June from 103 km with a liberation time of 7.00 am. The flight is on our website Home page under Running Race in red on the right with all the relevant links; https://www.victoriafallswcpr.com/ Alternatively you can view it on the Benzing site as usual; https://www.oneloftrace.live/?page=1&loft_id=35&flight_id=1529413743&season_id=4 Herewith the Recovery Bay list; # Reason Fancier ..... read more

Yearling Race - Hotspot 2 - Prize Money Results - 2018-06-19

Race – Hotspot 2 – Prize Money Results Victoria Falls World Challenge held the 5th ACE bird race and second Hotspot from Gweru, 450km to the South East of Victoria Falls on Saturday 16th June. A total of 655 pigeons were liberated at 7am in ideal conditions with clear skies, a maximum temperature of 27 degrees C and a slight headwind of 4km per hour. The first group of 9 pigeons arrived at 12.31 recording a velocity of 1358 m/m. 53 pigeons were home within 5 minutes of the winner, 115 birds were home within 15 minutes and 287 or 44% were home in the first hour. When the clock was stopped 91% of pigeons were home. We would like to formally congratulate the fanciers who took the 10 prize money positions, which can be seen here: https://victoriafallswcpr.com/results.php?opt=3&raceid=76 There are 2 races remaining in th..... read more

Yearling Race 7 - (Hotspot 2) - 2018-06-15

We are pleased to say that 410 birds are currently activated in this Yearling Series! This means that the prize money payout will be extended up to 115th place in the Final Race! Any pigeons clocked in the 1st 115 birds will at least earn the entrance fee back. This will continue to increase as more birds are activated as per the terms; Guaranteed minimum prize money payout - US$100 000 total based on 200 paid entries at US$500 each. Every paid entry after 200 birds adds US$250 to total prize money payout. This extra prize money will be for 11th position onward in the Final Race at US$500 per place (so an additional position will be paid at US$500 for every 2 extra paid birds over 200 birds)   Race 7  (Hotspot 2) Scheduled for tomorrow morning, 16 June from 450 km with a liberation time of 7.00 am. The flight is on our website Home page under Running Race in red on the right with all the relevant links; ..... read more

Bonus Races - 2018-06-15

Do you like winning prize money?? What about high odds and high payouts? We do! That’s why we have the option for you to enter your birds into Bonus Races (Pooling) on each of our online Races! The Bonus Races provide you with an opportunity to win some extra Prize Money at little cost. There are 8 Events which you can enter your bird into for the next Race, which is Hotspot 2 tomorrow! These events have entry fees varying from $1 up to $200, and you may enter your bird into more than one Bonus Race if you want to! The odds vary from 1 in 10 chance of payout for the lower Entry Fee Bonus Races, up to an astounding 1 in 3 chance of payout for the higher Entry Fee Bonus Races – so your chances of winning are incredibly good! Take advantage of a 1 in 3 chance to win a payout of $510! Don’t miss out! Enter your birds now to be part of the Extra Prize Money for tomorrow’s Hotspot! (Entries close 2 hours before liberation) Here&rsq..... read more

Yearling Training Flight 18 - 2018-06-13

Scheduled for tomorrow morning, 14 June from 103 km with a liberation time of 7.00 am. The flight is on our website Home page under Running Race in red on the right with all the relevant links; https://www.victoriafallswcpr.com/ Alternatively you can view it on the Benzing site as usual; https://www.oneloftrace.live/?page=1&loft_id=35&flight_id=1528886632&season_id=4 Herewith the Recovery Bay list; # Reason Fancier ..... read more

Yearling Training Flight 17 - 2018-06-11

Scheduled for tomorrow morning, 12 June from 103 km with a liberation time of 8.00 am. The flight is on our website Home page under Running Race in red on the right with all the relevant links; https://www.victoriafallswcpr.com/ Alternatively you can view it on the Benzing site as usual; https://www.oneloftrace.live/?page=1&loft_id=35&flight_id=1528717288&season_id=4 Herewith the Recovery Bay list; # Reason Fancier ..... read more

Yearling Race 6 - 2018-06-08

We are pleased to say that 403 birds are currently activated in this Yearling Series! This means that the prize money payout will be extended up to 111th place in the Final Race! Any pigeons clocked in the 1st 111 birds will at least earn the entrance fee back. This will continue to increase as more birds are activated as per the terms; Guaranteed minimum prize money payout - US$100 000 total based on 200 paid entries at US$500 each. Every paid entry after 200 birds adds US$250 to total prize money payout. This extra prize money will be for 11th position onward in the Final Race at US$500 per place (so an additional position will be paid at US$500 for every 2 extra paid birds over 200 birds)   Race 6 Scheduled for tomorrow morning, 9 June from 235 km with a liberation time of 7.00 am. The flight is on our website Home page under Running Race in red on the right with all the relevant links; ..... read more

Yearling Training Flight 16 - 2018-06-06

Race 6 is scheduled for this Saturday from 235 km – don’t forget to enter Bonus Races (pooling) in your login profile!   Training Flight 16 Scheduled for tomorrow morning, 7 June from 103 km with a liberation time of 8.00 am. The flight is on our website Home page under Running Race in red on the right with all the relevant links; https://www.victoriafallswcpr.com/ Alternatively you can view it on the Benzing site as usual; https://www.oneloftrace.live/?page=1&loft_id=35&flight_id=1528303179&season_id=4 Herewith the Recovery Bay list; # ..... read more

Yearling Race – Hotspot 1 – Prize Money Results - 2018-06-05

The first Hotspot was held from 319 km on Saturday 2nd June, with relatively good returns. The race proved more difficult with the increased distance and the higher-than-average daytime temperature (for this time of year). There was little wind to start, but during the course of the day a wind started to blow from the north-east (headwind) which didn’t trouble the birds too much. Although there were late returning birds, they recovered quickly and will be ready for the rigorous training program which continues this week. We would like to formally congratulate the following fanciers for taking the 10 prize money positions: Prize Money Position Country Pigeon Name ..... read more

Yearling Training Flight 15 - 2018-06-04

Scheduled for tomorrow morning, 5 June from 103 km with a liberation time of 7.00 am. The flight is on our website Home page under Running Race in red on the right with all the relevant links; https://www.victoriafallswcpr.com/ Alternatively you can view it on the Benzing site as usual; https://www.oneloftrace.live/?page=1&loft_id=35&flight_id=1528108377&season_id=4 Herewith the Recovery Bay list; # Reason Fancier ..... read more

For Sale birds & after race auction - Yearling Series - 2018-06-01

We are staging race number 5 and our first Hotspot from 319 km (198 miles) tomorrow. The inactivated (unpaid) pigeons “For Sale” have up to now had all details displayed for everyone to see. After Hotspot 1 the bird names and breeders will be hidden and only the ring numbers shown. After Hotspot 2 (Race 7) on 16 June, the ring numbers will also be hidden, and details of the unpaid pigeons will not be visible except for their performance from then. A code number will replace the ring number which will identify the pigeon to the organisers and birds can still be bought at this stage based on performance. If any pigeon with hidden details is paid for (activated) the details will then be displayed again. Approximately 50 winning pigeons, 10 ACE birds and 10 Best Overall birds will be auctioned by PIPA after the Final Race being held on 30 June 2018. Pigeons that are not selected for sale can be taken for free by the breeders. Thi..... read more

Yearling Race 5 - (Hotspot 1) - 2018-06-01

We are pleased to say that 387 birds are currently activated in this Yearling Series! This means that the prize money payout will be extended up to 103rd place in the Final Race! Any pigeons clocked in the 1st 103 birds will at least earn the entrance fee back. This will continue to increase as more birds are activated as per the terms; Guaranteed minimum prize money payout - US$100 000 total based on 200 paid entries at US$500 each. Every paid entry after 200 birds adds US$250 to total prize money payout. This extra prize money will be for 11th position onward in the Final Race at US$500 per place (so an additional position will be paid at US$500 for every 2 extra paid birds over 200 birds)   Race 5  (Hotspot 1) Scheduled for tomorrow morning, 2 June from 319 km with a liberation time of 7.00 am. The flight is on our website Home page under Running Race in red on the right with all the relevant links; ..... read more

Yearling Training Flight 14 - 2018-05-30

Our first prize money race - Race 5 (Hotspot 1) is scheduled for this Saturday from 319 km – don’t forget to enter Bonus Races (pooling) in your login profile!   Training Flight 14 Scheduled for tomorrow morning, 31 May from 103 km with a liberation time of 7.00 am. The flight is on our website Home page under Running Race in red on the right with all the relevant links; https://www.victoriafallswcpr.com/ Alternatively you can view it on the Benzing site as usual; https://www.oneloftrace.live/?page=1&loft_id=35&flight_id=1527666061&season_id=4 Herewith the Recovery Bay list; #..... read more

Yearling Training Flight 13 - 2018-05-28

Scheduled for tomorrow morning, 29 May from 103 km with a liberation time of 7.00 am. The flight is on our website Home page under Running Race in red on the right with all the relevant links; https://www.victoriafallswcpr.com/ Alternatively you can view it on the Benzing site as usual; https://www.oneloftrace.live/?page=1&loft_id=35&flight_id=1527525101&season_id=4 Herewith the Recovery Bay list; # Reason Fancier ..... read more

Yearling Series Update - 2018-05-25

The yearling program is progressing well with good returns so far. We have had 7 flights at 103 km, 1 race from 149 km and 1 race from 205 km with 86% clocked within 15 minutes of 1st bird and 98% clocked. We started with 765 at the first live training flight and 721 remain (6% loss). The degree of difficulty will increase as the distance increases with a 249 km race tomorrow. We are pleased to say that 375 birds are currently activated in this Yearling Series! This means that the prize money payout will be extended up to 97th place in the Final Race! Any pigeons clocked in the 1st 97 birds will at least earn the entrance fee back. This will continue to increase as more birds are activated as per the terms; Guaranteed minimum prize money payout - US$100 000 total based on 200 paid entries at US$500 each. Every paid entry after 200 birds adds US$25..... read more

Race 4 - 2018-05-25

Scheduled for tomorrow morning, 26 May from 249 km with a liberation time of 7.00 am. The flight is on our website Home page under Running Race in red on the right with all the relevant links; https://www.victoriafallswcpr.com/ Alternatively you can view it on the Benzing site as usual; https://www.oneloftrace.live/?page=1&loft_id=35&flight_id=1525768484&season_id=4 Note that the Live Stream cameras will be running; https://www.youtube.com/c/Victoriafallswcprace/live Don’t forget to enter the Bonus Races (pooling) in your login profile! Herewith the Recovery Bay list; ..... read more

Yearling Training Flight 12 - 2018-05-23

Race 4 is scheduled for this Saturday – don’t forget to enter Bonus Races (pooling) in your login profile!   Training Flight 12 Scheduled for tomorrow morning, 24 May from 103 km with a liberation time of 7.00 am. The flight is on our website Home page under Running Race in red on the right with all the relevant links; https://www.victoriafallswcpr.com/ Alternatively you can view it on the Benzing site as usual; https://www.oneloftrace.live/?page=1&loft_id=35&flight_id=1527099598&season_id=4 Herewith the Recovery Bay list; # ..... read more

Yearling Training Flight 11 - 2018-05-21

Scheduled for tomorrow morning, 22 May from 103 km with a liberation time of 7.00 am. The flight is on our website Home page under Running Race in red on the right with all the relevant links; https://www.victoriafallswcpr.com/ Alternatively you can view it on the Benzing site as usual; https://www.oneloftrace.live/?page=1&loft_id=35&flight_id=1526923484&season_id=4 Herewith the Recovery Bay list; # Reason Fancier ..... read more

Yearling Race 3 - 2018-05-18

Race 3 Scheduled for tomorrow morning, 19 May from 205 km with a liberation time of 7.00 am. The flight is on our website Home page under Running Race in red on the right with all the relevant links; https://www.victoriafallswcpr.com/ Alternatively you can view it on the Benzing site as usual; https://www.oneloftrace.live/?page=1&loft_id=35&flight_id=1525768420&season_id=4 Note that the Live Stream cameras will be running; https://www.youtube.com/c/Victoriafallswcprace/live Don’t forget to enter the Bonus Races (pooling) in your login profile! Herewith the Recovery Bay list; ..... read more

Yearling Training Flight 10 - 2018-05-16

Training Flight 10 Scheduled for tomorrow morning, 17 May from 103 km with a liberation time of 7.00 am. The flight is on our website Home page under Running Race in red on the right with all the relevant links; https://www.victoriafallswcpr.com/ Alternatively you can view it on the Benzing site as usual; https://www.oneloftrace.live/?page=1&loft_id=35&flight_id=1526485398&season_id=4 Herewith the Recovery Bay list; # Reason Fancier ..... read more

Yearling Training Flight 9 - 2018-05-14

Training Flight 9 Scheduled for tomorrow morning, 15 May from 103 km with a liberation time of 7.00 am. The flight is on our website Home page under Running Race in red on the right with all the relevant links; https://www.victoriafallswcpr.com/ Alternatively you can view it on the Benzing site as usual; https://www.oneloftrace.live/?page=1&loft_id=35&flight_id=1526291481&season_id=4 Herewith the Recovery Bay list; # Reason Fancier ..... read more

Yearling Race 2 - 2018-05-11

Race 2 Scheduled for tomorrow morning, 12 May from 149 km with a liberation time of 7.00 am. The flight is on our website Home page under Running Race in red on the right with all the relevant links; https://www.victoriafallswcpr.com/ Alternatively you can view it on the Benzing site as usual; https://www.oneloftrace.live/?page=1&loft_id=35&flight_id=1525768209&season_id=4 Don’t forget to enter the Bonus Races (pooling) in your login profile! Herewith the Recovery Bay list; # Reason ..... read more

Bonus Races and Best Overall Bird - 2018-05-10

Bonus Races Bonus Races are set up on the upcoming Races 2 and 3! They will be available on the remaining races a week before each race. You can enter your birds in the races through your login profile. Kindly email us if you do not know your login details. Don’t miss the opportunity to win more money! Best Overall Bird The Best Overall Bird rankings can be viewed on our website under Results; https://www.victoriafallswcpr.com/results.php?opt=4 Herewith the top 10 after the first 7 flights over 45km. Pos Country Pigeon Name Ring # Fancier Name Total Points 1..... read more

Yearling Training Flight 8 - 2018-05-08

Scheduled for tomorrow morning, 9 May from 103 km with a liberation time of 6.45 am. The flight is on our website Home page under Running Race in red on the right with all the relevant links; https://www.victoriafallswcpr.com/ Alternatively you can view it on the Benzing site as usual; https://www.oneloftrace.live/?page=1&loft_id=35&flight_id=1525766409&season_id=4 Herewith the Recovery Bay list; # Reason Fancier ..... read more

Terms & Conditions - 2018 intake of pigeons for 2019 race season - 2018-05-07

Terms & Conditions - 2018 intake of pigeons for 2019 race season As we are committed to making the VFWCPR more exciting and rewarding for our participants some changes have been made to the publicised terms and conditions ahead of this year’s intake. The changes can be viewed on our website https://www.victoriafallswcpr.com/ and in summary are as follows; The share of sale proceeds after the final race will go to the activator of the pigeon (person paying the entry fee). After the final race of 600 km (372 miles) pigeons will be selected for sale from the first 50 birds and 10 ACE and 10 Best Overall Bird. The activators of the other birds can choose to receive their birds back if they wish. The remainder will be raced further to 725 km (450 miles) for a USD 250 entry fee with 75% of fees going to prize money. The ACE Bird will be determined by accumulating points allocated for th..... read more

Yearling Training Flight 7 - 2018-05-06

Training Flight 7 Scheduled for tomorrow morning, 7 May from 103 km with a liberation time of 6.45 am. The flight is on our website Home page under Running Race in red on the right with all the relevant links; https://www.victoriafallswcpr.com/ Alternatively you can view it on the Benzing site as usual; https://www.oneloftrace.live/?page=1&loft_id=35&flight_id=1525618656&season_id=4 Herewith the Recovery Bay list; # Reason Fancier ..... read more

Yearling Race 1 - 2018-05-04

Race 1 Scheduled for tomorrow morning, 5 May from 103 km with a liberation time of 6.45 am. The flight is on our website Home page under Running Race in red on the right with all the relevant links; https://www.victoriafallswcpr.com/ Alternatively you can view it on the Benzing site as usual; https://www.oneloftrace.live/?page=1&loft_id=35&flight_id=1525449256&season_id=4 Herewith the Recovery Bay list; # Reason Fancier ..... read more

Yearling Training Flight 6 - 2018-05-02

We are pleased to say that 345 birds are currently activated in this Yearling Series! This means that the prize money payout will be extended up to 82nd place in the Final Race! This will continue to increase as more birds are activated as per the terms; Guaranteed minimum prize money payout - US$100 000 total based on 200 paid entries at US$500 each. Every paid entry after 200 birds adds US$250 to total prize money payout. This extra prize money will be for 11th position onward in the Final Race at US$500 per place (so an additional position will be paid at US$500 for every 2 extra paid birds over 200 birds).   Training Flight 6 Scheduled for tomorrow morning, 3 May from 77 km with a liberation time of 6.45 am. The flight is on our website Home page under Running Race in red on the right with all the relevant links; https://www.victoriafallswcpr.com/ Alternatively you can vi..... read more

Yearling Training Flight 5 - 2018-04-30

If you have made payment and it is not yet reflecting on your birds please urgently email us the proof of payment.   Training Flight 5 Scheduled for tomorrow morning, 1 May from 45 km with a liberation time of 6.45 am. The flight is on our website Home page under Running Race in red on the right with all the relevant links; https://www.victoriafallswcpr.com/ Alternatively you can view it on the Benzing site as usual; https://www.oneloftrace.live/?page=1&loft_id=35&flight_id=1525098727&season_id=4 Herewith the Recovery Bay list; # ..... read more

Prize Money – Yearling Series 2018 - 2018-04-28

Guaranteed minimum prize money payout - US$100 000 total based on 200 paid entries at US$500 each Every paid entry after 200 birds adds US$250 to total prize money payout This extra prize money will be for 11th position onward in the Final Race on 30 June 2018 at US$500 per place (so an additional position will be paid at US$500 for every 2 extra paid birds over 200 birds) Position  ACE BIRD  HOTSPOT 1  HOTSPOT 2  FINAL RACE ..... read more

Yearling Series - ACE bird reminder & Training Flight 4 - 2018-04-27

A reminder that only those birds which have been activated by this coming Monday, 30 April will be part of the ACE bird competition (all the online races which are from 200km onwards) Training Flight 4 Scheduled for tomorrow morning, 28 April from 47 km with a liberation time of 6.45 am. The flight is on our website Home page under Running Race in red on the right with all the relevant links; https://www.victoriafallswcpr.com/ Alternatively you can view it on the Benzing site as usual; https://www.oneloftrace.live/?page=1&loft_id=35&flight_id=1524835321&season_id=4 Herewith the Recovery Bay list; # ..... read more

Yearling Training Flight 3 - 2018-04-25

Training Flight 3 Scheduled for tomorrow morning, 26 April from 47 km with a liberation time of 6.45 am. The flight is on our website Home page under Running Race in red on the right with all the relevant links; https://www.victoriafallswcpr.com/ Alternatively you can view it on the Benzing site as usual; https://www.oneloftrace.live/?page=1&loft_id=35&flight_id=1524662962&season_id=4 Herewith the Recovery Bay list; #   Reason   ..... read more

2019 Season European Intake Dates - 2018-04-24

Intake dates by our European agents to the Dutch Quarantine Veterinary Services (DQVS) in the Netherlands; 1st Intake 3 and 4 May 20182nd Intake 7 and 8 June 20183rd Intake 5 and 6 July 20184th Intake 9 and 10 August 20185th Intake 6 and 7 September 2018 Please contact our agent in your country to arrange delivery of your birds through them. Our agents are on our website; https://www.victoriafallswcpr.com/agents.php For countries outside of Europe please contact the agent for delivery dates to them. ..... read more

Yearling Training Flight 2 - 2018-04-23

Training Flight 2 Scheduled for tomorrow morning, 24 April from 30 km with a liberation time of 6.45 am. Herewith the link to the flight; https://www.oneloftrace.live/?page=1&loft_id=35&flight_id=1524510798&season_id=4 There are no birds currently in the Recovery Bay.   If you would like to activate a For Sale bird kindly email us. Simply transfer the payment to our bank account or ask us to email a Credit Card payment request. Herewith our banking details; Victoria Falls World Challenge Pigeon Race Limited Stanbic Bank, Botswana Plot 50672, Off Machel Drive, Fairgrounds Office Park, Gaborone, Botswana Account Number: 9060002174389    SWIFT/BIC Code: SBICBWGX   (or SBICBWGXXXX if a longer code is needed) Sort Code: 064967..... read more

Yearling Training Flight 1 - 2018-04-22

Training Flight 1 Scheduled for tomorrow morning, 23 April from 30 km with a liberation time of 6.45 am. The flight is on our website Home page under Running Race in red on the right with all the relevant links; https://www.victoriafallswcpr.com/ Alternatively you can view it on the Benzing site as usual; https://www.oneloftrace.live/?page=1&loft_id=35&flight_id=1524412676&season_id=4 There are no birds currently in the Recovery Bay. 312 birds are currently activated which means that the prize money payout will be extended up to 66th place in the Final Race. This will continue to increase as more birds are activated as per the terms; Guaranteed minimum prize money payout - US$100 000 total based on 200 paid entries at US$500 each. Every paid entry after 200..... read more

Loft List - Yearling Series - 2018-04-11

Below is the list of birds currently in the loft. It is also on the Benzing site; https://www.oneloftrace.live/?page=8&loft_id=35&flight_id=1523472938&season_id=4 Those that have not yet been activated have been moved to the "For Sale" fanciers and are available for anyone to activate for USD 500 on a first come basis. Simply email us the request to info@victoriafallswcpr.com The birds are doing well with the hens and cocks currently having short tosses separately. The first online Training Flight is scheduled for this coming Monday the 23rd of April. Remember that pigeons need to be activated by 30 April 2018 to be eligible for the ACE bird competition. Don't miss out!   ..... read more

Current Loft List for Yearling Series - 2018-03-27

Herewith the list of birds currently in the loft for the Yearling Series (775 birds) which shows the current activations. The list is also on Benzing’s site under a new race season; https://www.oneloftrace.live/?page=8&loft_id=35&flight_id=1522176376&season_id=4 Please remember that original entrants have until 31st March to activate pigeons that they want to secure for the race series (US$ 500 per bird). We have some birds marked where we are awaiting payment. Pigeons not taken up by this time will be made available to anyone wanting to enter them in the series. Any activated birds which are missing when online training commences (are not on the basketing list for the first online Training Flight nor in the Recovery Bay for this flight) will be credited back to the fancier’s account.   ..... read more

New credit card platform available! - 2018-03-27

We have been working on getting a platform to enable credit card payments for quite a while now and are pleased to announce that we now have it! This facility is provided through PayGate, a PCI compliant payment service provider and payments can be made by VISA or Mastercard. Simply let us know the amount you would like to pay and we will send you a payment request which has a secure link for credit card payment. Payment by bank transfer to our account is still acceptable...... read more

Loft List for Yearling Series - 2018-03-20

With the shortening of daylight hours most pigeons including those from the northern hemisphere are progressing well in the body moult. Hens and cocks are kept separate and go out the loft on alternate days. Some are taking to the air for short periods but are not chased. The health of the birds is good and we expect to be able to start training by mid-April in preparation of the race series starting in May which will be both challenging and exciting. We will run live broad casts on all training tosses over 45 km and all races. Please remember that original entrants have until 31st March to activate pigeons that they want to secure for the race series (US$ 500 per bird). We have some birds marked where we are awaiting payment. Pigeons not taken up by this time will be made available to anyone wanting to enter them in the series. Herewith the list of birds in our loft for the Yearling Series (780 birds) which shows the current activations. This list excludes the birds..... read more

Newsflash - 2018-03-02

The iPigeon sale is in full swing with just over 1 week left to go. We have had a number of requests from people wanting to purchase pigeons on the sale and enter them into the yearling series instead of incurring the cost of having them shipped to them. This is perfectly acceptable as pigeons that raced in the series ending in January 2018 may be entered. If the purchased sale birds are entered to the yearling series they will again be sold at the end of the series to the highest bidder. Please note that the breeder retains the right to his or her portion of the sale proceeds.   Herewith the link to the auction;   https://www.newipigeon.com/search/?cid=295..... read more

Auction now running! - 2018-02-26

The online iPigeon auction of the January 2018 winners is running. Check out the pedigrees and don’t miss out on buying some incredible birds! Bid now! Herewith the link to the auction; https://www.newipigeon.com/search/?cid=295..... read more

Auction of Jan 2018 final race birds - 2018-02-23

The online iPigeon auction of the January 2018 winners will start this coming Monday, 26 February and will run for 2 weeks. The link to the auction will be published. Don’t miss out on buying some incredible birds!..... read more

Loft List - 2018-02-22

Herewith the current list of birds in our loft (825 birds). We have indicated which birds are due to be sold on the iPigeon online auction starting on Monday. The rest of the birds will be raced in the yearling series. The list is also on the Benzing site.   Country Fancier Pigeon   Angola For Sale AO VFWCPR ZA17 3214   Angola For Sale AO VFWCPR ZA17 3233   Angola Simba Tinofirei..... read more

Yearling race program - 2018-02-21

  Entry fee US$500 due by 31st March 2018 (for original entrants)- thereafter anyone can activate birds which are not yet activated   Prize Money Position  ACE BIRD  HOTSPOT 1  HOTSPOT 2  FINAL RACE    1st ..... read more

The VFWCPR Team! - 2018-02-16

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iPigeon Auction – 2017 final race birds - 2018-01-31

The iPigeon Gala Day event is scheduled for next weekend, the 9th and 10th of February in Las Vegas, USA. We have 47 birds on auction from last year’s final race held on 28th January 2017. The birds are online and can be bid on already. Birds can be viewed online at iPigeon or live at the Gala Day event. You can register to get a bidders name or you can email iPigeon the bids or phone in bids. The birds sell online the same time that they do live. Herewith the birds; Friday 9th February - 2018 Gala Day 1 Friday Live On Line Auction 4 PM EST Link to auction- https://www.newipigeon.com/search/?cid=268   Breeder Pige..... read more

ACE Bird Calculation - 2018-01-30

We have received a few queries asking how the ACE bird has been calculated and so would like to clarify this. In our terms it states; 2. The ACE Bird will be the pigeon that has the highest average velocity over the 5 Hotspots and the final race. The ACE Bird must complete the final race in race time… 3. For the purposes of the ACE Bird competition race time for the final race will close at 12:00 noon on the second day or at such other time that VFWCPR Ltd may announce. Average velocity (speed) is the Total Distance (metres) flown over these 6 races divided by the Total Time (minutes) flown. It only includes those birds which had returned by 12 noon on Saturday 27th. We are happy to share the detailed calculation with any fancier who wishes to see it. The Grand Averages are calculated in the same way but over 24 flights. Best regards The Victoria Falls Team..... read more

Final Race! - 2018-01-26

The birds were liberated on time this morning, 26 January at 6.00 am from Chipangali Wildlife Orphanage, 410 km. The weather is cooler than normal with a tailwind at the liberation, swinging to a light headwind. There is patchy rain on route and we are expecting a fast race. The Race is on our website Home page, https://www.victoriafallswcpr.com/ under Running Race on the right with all the relevant links to; Live Results, https://www.oneloftrace.live/?page=0&loft_id=35&flight_id=1512917771&season_ID=3 Live Stream to our YouTube channel, https://www.youtube.com/c/Victoriafallswcprace/live Basketing List, ..... read more

You have to be in it to win it! DON'T MISS OUT! - 2018-01-25

The pigeons are in transit for tomorrow, Friday morning’s liberation and our final race.   There are still pigeons available to purchase which can be seen on our website www.victoriafallswcpr.com   If you click on results and select analysis the For Sale pigeons are shown in green. (select For Sale in the pigeon type and click submit). This is the direct link; ..... read more

Final Race basketing and For Sale birds - 2018-01-24

The basketing of the birds for the Final Race was completed today. We started at 3pm and finished at 6.15pm. 1128 birds are in the truck ready to leave early tomorrow morning to drive to Chipangali, the liberation point. A huge thank you to all the fanciers who helped us today!   Herewith the basketing list;  https://www.oneloftrace.live/?page=8&loft_id=35&flight_id=1512917771&season_id=3   Videos of the basketing;  https://www.facebook.com/victoriafallswcpr/videos/1757715741201909/   https://www.facebook.com/victoriafallswcpr/videos/1757722497867900/   Our Auditor confirming that the baskets are..... read more

Bonus races for the Final - 2018-01-24

Don’t forget to enter Bonus Races for the final!   So far there have been 110 entries with a total pot of $3435.   For low cost you get much higher prize money with a great chance of winning. For example you could pay $50 to win $212.50 with a 1 in 5 chance! So far 10 birds have been entered into this event so the first 2 places out of these 10 birds will each win $212.50! Or you can pay as little as $1 to win $17 with a 1 in 20 chance.   Enter by logging into your account and selecting the events and birds to stand a chance of winning some extra prize money!   Need more money in your account to do this? No problem! Simply send a payment to us and email the proof of payment through and we will credit your account immediately.   Our banking details are;   Victoria Falls World Challenge Pigeon Race Limited Stan..... read more

For Sale birds - 2018-01-22

Please note that all remaining reserves have now been moved over to being available For Sale. Don’t miss out! Look at how available For Sale birds are performing in the Grand Averages (those that have completed all 23 flights); https://www.victoriafallswcpr.com/results.php?opt=4  (type in For Sale in the search box) If you would like to activate a For Sale bird kindly email us. Herewith a list of late returning birds which are in good condition. They will therefore be going to the final race;   # Fancier Pigeon ..... read more

Training Flight 18 - 2018-01-20

Activations will be moved over from any missing activated birds to their reserves tomorrow and any remaining un-activated reserves will become available for sale. Training Flight 18 (last one before the final) Scheduled for tomorrow morning, 21 January from 30 km with a liberation time of 6.00 am. The flight is on our website Home page under Running Race on the right with all the relevant links; https://www.victoriafallswcpr.com/ Alternatively you can view it on the Benzing site as usual; https://www.oneloftrace.live/?page=1&loft_id=35&flight_id=1512917681&season_id=3 The following birds which are currently in the Recovery Bay will not be going to TF18 nor will they be going to the final race; ..... read more

Newsflash - 2018-01-19

We have had many requests from participants to only make un-activated reserve birds available to other people after the last Training Flight, which is taking place on Sunday the 21st from 30km. Activations will be moved over from any missing activated birds to their reserves then and we have moved the deadline for activation of remaining reserves to 12 noon GMT on Sunday 21st. There were a number of late returning pigeons from today's Training Flight 17, all of which have come back in reasonable condition. We believe the pigeons were scattered by hawks this morning and have waited for cooler temperatures to return to the loft...... read more

Training Flight 17 - 2018-01-18

We wish to remind everyone that reserve pigeons must be paid for by the current participants holding the reserves before Saturday 20th January. If they are not activated by the participants holding them, the reserves will be available for anyone else to activate from 12 noon GMT on Saturday 20th January. Any third party wishing to take up reserve birds may book them by sending an email to admin@victoriafallswcpr.com The allocation will be on a first booked basis and must be by email.   After TF17 there is only one more Training Flight, TF18 on Sunday the 21st.   Training Flight 17 Scheduled for tomorrow morning, 19 January from 47 km with a liberation time of 6.00 am. The flight is on our website Home page under Running Race on the right with all the relevant links; https://www.victoriafallswcpr.com/ A..... read more

Race – Hotspot 5 – Prize Money Results - 2018-01-16

Hotspot 5 was held on Saturday 13th of January from a shortened distance of 205 km. The daytime temperatures were very high from mid-morning but there was a tail wind. The front pigeons recorded fast velocities and were sited at a higher than normal altitude when diving for the loft. The tail-enders struggled in the heat. Most late pigeons came the second day when it had cooled overnight. They were all in reasonable condition except 3 which were injured by hawks. 1171 pigeons went to the race. 126 pigeons arrived in the first 5 minutes of winning bird  (11%) 685 pigeons arrived in the first 15 minutes  (58%) 864 pigeons arrived in the first 30min  (74%) 968 pigeons arrived in the first 1 hour  (83%) 1015 pigeons arrived in the first 2 hours  (87%) When the race was stopped there were 45 pigeons missing  (3.8%) We will continue to toss the pigeons every day depending on their condition. Ther..... read more

Training Flight 16 - 2018-01-16

We wish to remind everyone that reserve pigeons must be paid for by the current participants holding the reserves before Saturday 20th January. If they are not activated by the participants holding them, the reserves will be available for anyone else to activate from 12 noon GMT on Saturday 20th January. Any third party wishing to take up reserve birds may book them from Wednesday 17th January from 12 noon GMT by sending an email to admin@victoriafallswcpr.com The allocation will be on a first booked basis and must be by email.   Training Flight 16 Scheduled for tomorrow morning, 17 January from 47 km with a liberation time of 5.45 am. The flight is on our website Home page under Running Race on the right with all the relevant links; https://www.victoriafallswcpr.com/ Alternatively you can view it on the Benzing site as usual;..... read more

Race - Hotspot 5 - 2018-01-12

Scheduled for tomorrow morning, 13 January from Jotsholo, 205km with a liberation time of 5.45 am. Zimbabwe is suffering from a heat wave and temperatures on the race route are very high from mid-morning, climbing during the day. We have therefore decided to shorten Hotspot 5 to 205 km to enable pigeons to reach home before the temperatures are too high. The indications are that cooler weather is on the way and we are hoping that the final race weekend is cooler and suitable for racing. We will not delay Hotspot 5 to wait for more favourable conditions as the weather is unpredictable and any delay will encroach on the time needed to prepare the birds for the final race. We wish to remind everyone that reserve pigeons must be paid for by the current participants holding the reserves before Saturday 20th January. If they are not activated by the participants holding them, the reserves will be available for anyone else to activate from 12 noon GMT on Saturd..... read more

Changes to VFWCPR for the future - 2018-01-09

How can we make the Victoria Falls World Challenge Pigeon Race better? The VFWCPR has nearly completed its second year with the final coming up on 26th January 2018. The racing conditions that prevail under the current programme are extremely difficult and we believe that a change is needed to improve the racing environment. We believe that many good pigeons perish under these conditions. We have no doubt that all pigeons that complete the programme have proved that they are worthy adversaries irrespective of their placing in the final race. Nevertheless we have decided that we should make a change at this stage for the better rather than continue with the current format to the detriment of the pigeons. Our new format is as follows; PLAN 2018/2019 AT A GLANCE ..... read more

Training Flight 15 - 2018-01-08

We currently have a heat wave in Zimbabwe and are watching the weather closely for this next Hotspot 5. Any changes will be announced through our usual channels of communication. Please note that activations will be moved over from missing birds to their next reserves the day before Hotspot 5 once we have that basketing list.   Training Flight 15 Scheduled for tomorrow morning, 8 January from 47 km with a liberation time of 5.45 am. Herewith the Training Flight 15 link; https://www.oneloftrace.live/?page=1&loft_id=35&flight_id=1512917461&season_id=3 For the Basketing List – please click on the yellow button (any reference can be typed in the Filter Entries box to see related birds e.g. your race name). To watch the Results live – please click on the blue button. To see t..... read more

Race – Hotspot 4 – Prize Money Results - 2018-01-04

Hotspot 4 was held on Saturday 30th December from Mlonyeni, 279 km South East of Victoria Falls. The degree of difficulty is increasing and this race proved to be the most difficult so far. The wind has swung to a prevailing North West wind (headwind) and on race day there were clear skies and high daytime temperatures. Most late birds sit and wait for cooler weather to continue home, coming late afternoon or the next day. 1547 pigeons went to the race. 36 pigeons arrived in the first 5 minutes of winning bird  2.3% 187 pigeons arrived in the first 15 minutes  12.1% 384 pigeons arrived in the first 30 min 24.8% 534 pigeons arrived in the first 1 hour 34.5% 613 pigeons arrived in the first 2 hours  39.6% When the race was stopped there were 363 pigeons missing 23.5% We would like to formally congratulate the following fanciers for taking the first 10 prize money positions; ..... read more

Training Flight 14 - 2018-01-02

Scheduled for tomorrow morning, 3 January from 43 km with a liberation time of 5.45 am. Herewith the Training Flight 14 link; https://www.oneloftrace.live/?page=1&loft_id=35&flight_id=1512917311&season_id=3 For the Basketing List – please click on the yellow button (any reference can be typed in the Filter Entries box to see related birds e.g. your race name). To watch the Results live – please click on the blue button. To see the full result – please click on the green button. Herewith the Recovery Bay list of birds not going on Training Flight 14; # Reason..... read more

Newsflash- Total Prize Money increasing to ONE MILLION DOLLARS! - 2018-01-02

VFWCPR 2018/2019 INTAKE & PLAN In order for fanciers to plan their breeding of this next intake of pigeons we are advising everyone now of some intended changes for the 2018/2019 season and are setting the young bird intake dates. We are pleased to announce that the total prize money will be USD 1 Million for this coming race season, ending in January 2019. A limited number of pigeons will be offered for sale after the current Young Bird Programme which ends in January 2018. They are expected to be sold overseas and only top performing pigeons with pedigrees will be exported by VFWCPR for sale. The balance of the pigeons will be retained after the final race in January 2018 and will be entered into a yearling/ old bird program from May to July 2018. The program will end with a final from 720 km (450 miles). The lofts will be modified to accommodate the old birds and after this final the best performing pigeons with pedigrees will then be sold to..... read more

Race - Hotspot 4 - 2017-12-29

Scheduled for tomorrow morning, 30 December from Mlonyeni, 277km with a liberation time of 5.45 am. Herewith the Hotspot 4 link; https://www.oneloftrace.live/?page=1&loft_id=35&flight_id=1512917260&season_id=3 For the Basketing List – please click on the yellow button (any reference can be typed in the Filter Entries box to see related birds e.g. your race name). To watch the Results live – please click on the blue button. To see the full result – please click on the green button. Herewith the live streaming YouTube channel; https://www.youtube.com/c/Victoriafallswcprace/live Provisional results will be immediately available online. Prize Money positions will be the first 10 activ..... read more

Race – Hotspot 3 – Prize Money Results - 2017-12-28

Hotspot three was held on Saturday 23rd December from Jotsholo, 205 km South East of Victoria Falls. This race proved to be more difficult than others. Although the weather was cloudy it was not raining at the liberation point. The pigeons however encountered rain en route with a steady 6km per hour head wind.  1627 pigeons went to the race. 23 pigeons arrived in the first 5 minutes  (1.4%) 215 pigeons arrived in the first 15 minutes  (13%) 767 pigeons arrived in the first 1 hour  (47%) 1011 pigeons arrived in the first 2 hours  (62%) 1097 pigeons arrived in the first 3 hours  (67%) When the race was stopped there were 76 pigeons missing  (4.7%) We would like to formally congratulate the following fanciers for taking the first 10 prize money positions; Prize Money Position..... read more

Training Flight 13 - 2017-12-26

Scheduled for tomorrow morning, 27 December from 56 km with a liberation time of 5.45 am. Herewith the Training Flight 13 link; https://www.oneloftrace.live/?page=1&loft_id=35&flight_id=1512917229&season_id=3 For the Basketing List – please click on the yellow button (any reference can be typed in the Filter Entries box to see related birds e.g. your race name). To watch the Results live – please click on the blue button. To see the full result – please click on the green button. Herewith the Recovery Bay list of birds not going on Training Flight 13; # Reason..... read more

Race - Hotspot 3 - 2017-12-22

Scheduled for tomorrow morning, 23 December from Jotsholo, 205km with a liberation time of 5.45 am. Herewith the Hotspot 3 link; https://www.oneloftrace.live/?page=1&loft_id=35&flight_id=1512917090&season_id=3 For the Basketing List – please click on the yellow button (any reference can be typed in the Filter Entries box to see related birds e.g. your race name). To watch the Results live – please click on the blue button. To see the full result – please click on the green button. Herewith the live streaming YouTube channel; https://www.youtube.com/c/Victoriafallswcprace/live Provisional results will be immediately available online. Prize Money positions will be the first 10 activ..... read more

Race – Hotspot 2 – Prize Money Results - 2017-12-20

Hotspot two was staged on Saturday 16th December. The race point was from Gwayi River, 163km South East of Victoria Falls. The birds were liberated in cool, windy conditions at 5.45 am. The pigeons cleared without circling and quickly headed off in the right direction. 1683 pigeons went to the race. 20 pigeons arrived in the first 5 minutes (1.2%) 739 pigeons arrived in the first 15 minutes (44%) 1389 pigeons arrived in the first 1 hour (83%) 1474 pigeons arrived in the first 2 hours (88%) When the race was stopped there were still 40 pigeons missing (2.4%) We would like to formally congratulate the following fanciers for taking the first 10 prize money positions; Prize Money Position Country Pigeon Name ..... read more

Training Flight 12 - 2017-12-20

Scheduled for tomorrow morning, 21 December from 43 km with a liberation time of 5.45 am. Herewith the Training Flight 12 link; https://www.oneloftrace.live/?page=1&loft_id=35&flight_id=1512917060&season_id=3 For the Basketing List – please click on the yellow button (any reference can be typed in the Filter Entries box to see related birds e.g. your race name). To watch the Results live – please click on the blue button. To see the full result – please click on the green button. Herewith the Recovery Bay list of birds not going on Training Flight 12;   # ..... read more

Training Flight 11 - 2017-12-18

Scheduled for tomorrow morning, 19 December from 43 km with a liberation time of 5.45 am. Herewith the Training Flight 11 link; https://www.oneloftrace.live/?page=1&loft_id=35&flight_id=1512917006&season_id=3 For the Basketing List – please click on the yellow button (any reference can be typed in the Filter Entries box to see related birds e.g. your race name). To watch the Results live – please click on the blue button. To see the full result – please click on the green button. Herewith the Recovery Bay list of birds not going on Training Flight 11; # Reason..... read more

Bonus Races Explained - 2017-12-15

We have been running the bonus races since Hotspot 1 and have received a few queries wanting to know more about how it works. They are available on all online Training Flights and Races and there are several options for each flight. They are at any one time set up for the next 3 flights so you can start placing entries up to a week in advance before the flight. What to do: First you need to have a positive account balance. Your race account and bonus account are the same so any prize money won or extra funds sent to us can be used. To top up your account simply send funds to us as you usually would and email the proof of payment through. Log into your account (all fanciers have been sent their details- if you have not received them kindly let us know) Click the “Bonus Races” tab Under “Upcoming Bonus Races” all the races that you can enter are listed (for the next 3 flights).So if ..... read more

Race - Hotspot 2 - 2017-12-15

Scheduled for tomorrow morning, 16 December from Cross Roads, 163km with a liberation time of 5.45 am. Herewith the Hotspot 2 link; https://www.oneloftrace.live/?page=1&loft_id=35&flight_id=1512916924&season_id=3 For the Basketing List – please click on the yellow button (any reference can be typed in the Filter Entries box to see related birds e.g. your race name). To watch the Results live – please click on the blue button. To see the full result – please click on the green button. Herewith the live streaming YouTube channel; https://www.youtube.com/c/Victoriafallswcprace/live Provisional results will be immediately available online. Prize Money positions will be the first 10 ac..... read more

Race – Hotspot 1 – Prize Money Results - 2017-12-14

Hotspot one took place on Saturday 9th December. The pigeons were liberated from Dete Cross Roads, 133km to the South East of the loft. Visibility in the early morning was not bright because of cloud cover, so the pigeons were not liberated at sunrise but held for 15 minutes. After liberation the birds cleared quickly and headed off with a slight tail wind of 11 km per hour. 1750 pigeons were basketed 136 pigeons arrived in the first 5 minutes 203 pigeons arrived in the first 15 minutes 1053 pigeons arrived in the first 1 hour 1627 pigeons arrived in the first 2 hours When the race was stopped there were still 37 pigeons missing We would like to formally congratulate the following fanciers for taking the first 10 prize money positions; Prize Money Position Country..... read more

Training Flight 10 - 2017-12-13

Scheduled for tomorrow morning, 14 December from 45 km with a liberation time of 5.45 am. Herewith the Training Flight 10 link; https://www.oneloftrace.live/?page=1&loft_id=35&flight_id=1512916884&season_id=3 For the Basketing List – please click on the yellow button (any reference can be typed in the Filter Entries box to see related birds e.g. your race name). To watch the Results live – please click on the blue button. To see the full result – please click on the green button. Herewith the Recovery Bay list of birds not going on Training Flight 10; # Reason..... read more

Training Flight 9 - 2017-12-11

Scheduled for tomorrow morning, 12 December from 77 km with a liberation time of 5.30 am. Herewith the Training Flight 9 link; https://www.oneloftrace.live/?page=1&loft_id=35&flight_id=1512915107&season_id=3 For the Basketing List – please click on the yellow button (any reference can be typed in the Filter Entries box to see related birds e.g. your race name). To watch the Results live – please click on the blue button. To see the full result – please click on the green button. Herewith the Recovery Bay list of birds not going on Training Flight 9; # Reason..... read more

Race - Hotspot 1 - 2017-12-08

Scheduled for tomorrow morning, 9 December from Cross Roads, 131km with a liberation time of 5.30 am. Herewith the Hotspot 1 link; https://www.oneloftrace.live/?page=1&loft_id=35&flight_id=1512706573&season_id=3 For the Basketing List – please click on the yellow button (any reference can be typed in the Filter Entries box to see related birds e.g. your race name). To watch the Results live – please click on the blue button. To see the full result – please click on the green button. Herewith the live streaming YouTube channel; https://www.youtube.com/c/Victoriafallswcprace/live Provisional results will be immediately available online. Prize Money positions will be the first 10 act..... read more

Bonus Races Set Up And Running - 2017-12-07

We are pleased to announce that our Bonus Race events (Pooling) are set up and running now! They will be available for Hotspot 1 from 18:30 CAT and will be for all future online Training Flights and Races. How it works; Login to your account on our website and go to Bonus Races where you can enter any upcoming bonus races. Any bird that is racing under your name may be entered into a bonus race (activated birds as well as reserve birds). A particular bird may be entered into more than one event. VFWCPR takes a commission of 15% of the bonus races entry fee. You may only enter a bonus ..... read more

Training Flight 8 - 2017-12-06

Please note that we have moved activations from missing birds over to their reserves now in preparation for Hotspot 1. We will do this again on Friday based on Hotspot 1 basketing list in case any more activated birds are lost in Training Flight 8. PLEASE CHECK YOUR BIRD ACTIVATIONS for us and let us know if they do not look correct. We have received a few payments which we cannot match to entries as we do not know who they are from. Please urgently contact us if you have made payment and it is not reflecting on your birds yet. If you have requested your login details and have not received them please let us know as we have replied to all emails but noticed that some fanciers have not received our reply.   Training Flight 8 Scheduled for tomorrow morning, 7 December from 77 km with a liberation time of 5.30 am. Herewith the Training Flight 8 link; ..... read more

Training Flight 7 - 2017-12-04

Scheduled for tomorrow morning, 5 December from 77 km with a liberation time of 5.30 am. Herewith the Training Flight 7 link; https://www.oneloftrace.live/?page=1&loft_id=35&flight_id=1512410021&season_id=3 For the Basketing List – please click on the yellow button (any reference can be typed in the Filter Entries box to see related birds e.g. your race name). To watch the Results live – please click on the blue button. To see the full result – please click on the green button. Please note that we will move activations from missing birds over to their reserves on Wednesday for Training Flight 8 in preparation for Hotspot 1. Herewith the Recovery Bay list of birds not going on Training Flight 7; ..... read more

Loft Update - 2017-12-03

With one week to go before our first Hotspot Race we have had 34 training tosses, 6 of which have been screened live on Benzing’s website. We are running a grand Average Speed on all the live training tosses together with the Hotspots and final. This can be viewed on our website under “Results Analysis”, https://www.victoriafallswcpr.com/reports.php The pigeons are returning to the loft having been split up after liberation by hawk attacks. The birds that are unable to re-orientate quickly after any attack are slow to return or are lost. Daytime temperatures are high and most pigeons which are not home early will sit until the temperatures drop and they are able to return later in the day. Most late pigeons return in reasonable condition, indicating that they have not been flying for the hours that they are out of the loft. There is surface water en route from recent rains from which the birds can ..... read more

Training Flight 6 - 2017-12-01

Scheduled for tomorrow morning, 2 December from 77 km with a liberation time of 5.30 am. Herewith the Training Flight 6 link; https://www.oneloftrace.live/?page=1&loft_id=35&flight_id=1512142216&season_id=3 For the Basketing List – please click on the yellow button (any reference can be typed in the Filter Entries box to see related birds e.g. your race name). To watch the Results live – please click on the blue button. To see the full result – please click on the green button. Please note that we will only move activations from missing birds over to their reserves at the Training Flight just before Hotspot 1. Herewith the Recovery Bay list of birds not going on Training Flight 6; ..... read more

Training Flight 5 - 2017-11-29

Scheduled for tomorrow morning, 30 November from 56 km with a liberation time of 5.30 am. Herewith the Training Flight 5 link; https://www.oneloftrace.live/?page=1&loft_id=35&flight_id=1511973678&season_id=3 For the Basketing List – please click on the yellow button (any reference can be typed in the Filter Entries box to see related birds e.g. your race name). To watch the Results live – please click on the blue button. To see the full result – please click on the green button. Please note that we will only move activations from missing birds over to their reserves at the Training Flight just before Hotspot 1. Herewith the Recovery Bay list of birds not going on Training Flight 5; ..... read more

Training Flight 4 - 2017-11-27

Scheduled for tomorrow morning, 28 November from 56 km with a liberation time of 5.30 am. Herewith the Training Flight 4 link; https://www.oneloftrace.live/?page=1&loft_id=35&flight_id=1511789736&season_id=3 For the Basketing List – please click on the yellow button (any reference can be typed in the Filter Entries box to see related birds e.g. your race name). To watch the Results live – please click on the blue button. Please note that we will only move activations from missing birds over to their reserves at the Training Flight just before Hotspot 1. Herewith the Recovery Bay list of birds not going on Training Flight 4; # ..... read more

Training Flight 3 - 2017-11-24

Scheduled for tomorrow morning, 25 November from 43 km with a liberation time of 5.30 am. Herewith the Training Flight 3 link; https://www.oneloftrace.live/?page=1&loft_id=35&flight_id=1511545159&season_id=3 For the Basketing List – please click on the yellow button (any reference can be typed in the Filter Entries box to see related birds e.g. your race name). To watch the Results live – please click on the blue button. Please note that we will only move activations from missing birds over to their reserves at the Training Flight just before Hotspot 1. Herewith the Recovery Bay list of birds not going on Training Flight 3; # ..... read more

Race Week Events - 2017-11-24

The events schedule for the final race week is on our website, herewith the link; https://www.victoriafallswcpr.com/rwprogramme.php If you would like to book accommodation, we have special rates packages with Elephant Hills Hotel and A-Zambezi River Lodge. Please email Lesley Hunt for more details, skelenhunt@gmail.com   A reminder to pay for the first bird in each team by the end of November and to activate birds by 6 December which you want to qualify for prize money in Hotspot 1 and for the Ace Bird competition. Herewith our banking details for payments; Victoria Falls World Challenge Pigeon Race Limited Stanbic Bank, Botswana Plot 50672, Off Machel Drive, Fairgrounds Office Park, Gaborone, Botswana Account Number: 9060002174389    SWIFT/BIC Code: SBICBWGX   (or S..... read more

Training Flight 2 - 2017-11-22

Scheduled for tomorrow morning, 23 November from 45 km with a liberation time of 5.20 am. Herewith the Training Flight 2 link; https://www.oneloftrace.live/?page=1&loft_id=35&flight_id=1511370747&season_id=3 For the Basketing List – please click on the yellow button (any reference can be typed in the Filter Entries box to see related birds e.g. your race name). To watch the Results live – please click on the blue button. Please note that we will only move activations from missing birds over to their reserves at the Training Flight just before Hotspot 1. Herewith the Recovery Bay list of birds not going on Training Flight 2; # ..... read more

Planned Online Training Flights - 2017-11-22

Depending on the weather, herewith the planned online Training Flights leading up to the first Hotspot; Thursday 23rd November       45km               TF2 Saturday 25th November        45km               TF3 Tuesday 28th November         60km               TF4 Thursday 30th November       60km               TF5 Saturday 2nd December         75km               TF6 Tuesday 5th December           75km &..... read more

Training Flight 1 - 2017-11-16

The first online training flight is scheduled for tomorrow morning, 17 November from 47 km with a liberation time of 5.45 am. Up to now we have had early morning daily training in small groups from different directions. Herewith the basketing list for tomorrow’s Training Flight 1; https://www.oneloftrace.live/?page=8&loft_id=35&flight_id=1510844443&season_id=3 Watch the results live; https://www.oneloftrace.live/?page=0&loft_id=35&flight_id=1510844443&season_id=3 Please note that we will only move activations from missing birds over to their reserves at the Training Flight just before Hotspot 1. Herewith the Recovery Bay li..... read more

Fancier Account Logins - 2017-11-16

We are pleased to announce that the Log Ins for fanciers are available now! A username and password has been created for each fancier that raced in the 2016/2017 season as well as those racing in the current 2017/2018 season. In order to receive your username and password kindly send an email to admin@victoriafallswcpr.com requesting it. This request must come from the email address that we have on file for each fancier (per the entry form) and your syndicate name mentioned.  If any errors or queries are noted please let us know. Fancier accounts for the current season have been charged with the eligible birds in each of your teams ($950). If your birds are unpaid at the moment and you wish to rather be charged for and pay for a full team of 5 birds ($3500) kindly let us know and we will amend your account accordingly. The first bird in each team needs to be paid for by the end of November (2 weeks’ time)...... read more

Current Bird List - 2017-11-08

Herewith the link to the current list of birds in the loft (1985 birds) as at 8 November; https://www.oneloftrace.live/?page=8&loft_id=35&flight_id=1510057208&season_id=3 Any reference, for example a fancier name, can be typed in the "Filter entries" box to see related birds. There may be a few birds still out which have not come back yet. To date we have had 17 short training flights...... read more

Updated Bird List - 2017-10-15

We have now completed the coupling of electronic rings to all the remaining pigeons at Victoria Falls. (Herewith a video of it:  www.facebook.com/victoriafallswcpr/videos/1721583608148456/ ) After quarantine, breaking in at the Victoria Falls race loft and initial short training tosses we are pleased to announce that we still have 2057 birds ready to continue with the rigorous program which lies ahead. We have improved video coverage and will be live streaming many more training tosses on YouTube. Only team birds which are activated before Hotspot 1 will qualify for the ACE bird competition. Separate to this, for interest sake and recognition, we will also run a grand average of all training tosses and races for all the pigeons in the loft. Please see below the list of pigeons as at 15 October that have made it so far. There may be a few birds which were o..... read more

PIPA Auction Results - 2017-10-03

The VFWCPR Auction has been completed by PIPA, the leading Auction Facility of high quality pigeons. The Auction was highly successful, raising €75 575 on 36 pigeons. Congratulations to the buyers and breeders, and a big thank you to PIPA for a professional job done!  ..... read more

PIPA auction running - 2017-09-27

The PIPA auction is currently running and ends on 1 October at 14.30 Don't miss this opportunity to bid on 36 of the top performing birds from our first season of racing under tough conditions! Herewith the link to the auction https://auctions.pipa.be/en/auction/2017-10-victoria-falls-zim/details  ..... read more

PIPA auction moved to 18 September - 2017-09-01

We have been informed by PIPA that the auction of 36 of the top birds from our Jan 2017 race has been moved by 2 weeks. It will run from 18 September to 1 October on their website. We will post the link once available. Apologies for any inconvenience caused...... read more

Bird Stats - 2017-08-25

  Thank you to all the fanciers who have sent birds to us this season. We are pleased to announce that we have received a total of 2279 pigeons.   Current season (2017/2018) Total birds received 2279 % of birds received Mortalities in quarantine 64 2.8% Mortalities during orientation 18 0.8% Total mortalities 82 3.6%   La..... read more

Country split of birds entered - 2017-08-25

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Update on this year's birds - 2017-07-20

Things are progressing well at the Victoria Falls World Challenge Pigeon Race. We are happy to report that at this stage the mortalities are significantly less during quarantine compared to last year. We have had a comprehensive health and vaccination program and the pigeons are looking well. Numbers are swelling at the race loft as we add new pigeons to the flock. We are seeing that pigeons are settling quickly as they are added to the free flying pigeons after a short containment period. Soon a further 1200 pigeons from our quarantine site will join the main flock, once their mandatory quarantine period is over. A further shipment of pigeons from Europe will be received shortly and will be open until about the 10th of August to receive any late entries. We have increased the camera coverage at the lofts and will live stream training tosses from an early stage. We will also have "pooling" available where entrants can enter the pools on a weekly bases..... read more

PIPA & USA Auctions update - 2017-07-18

The pigeons from last season which were sent to PIPA and USA for auction have been in those countries for a little while now. The auctions will be conducted as follows; PIPA auction will be from 4 September to 17 September online; https://www.pipa.be/en/pigeons-for-sale/upcoming-auctions/victoria-falls-zim-winners-final-ace-pigeons USA auction will only be in February 2018 as it will be done in Las Vegas at a pigeon gala event and auction, so as to maximise sale prices. More details of how this will work will follow closer to the time.   ..... read more

Middle Eastern birds received - 2017-07-10

The last of the pigeons from the Middle East have been received for 2017/2018. A fantastic effort with 344 pigeons from the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait who have sent a strong team to defend the title of first place in the inaugural Victoria Falls World Challenge Pigeon Race. This USD 200 000 first prize was won last season by Bader AlJewesry of Kuwait, seen here holding his prized trophy and certificate...... read more

Update - 2017-06-08

The quarantine of the first shipment of pigeons received from USA and Europe is due to be lifted this coming week. After which small groups will be released from under the nets around the loft at Victoria Falls and the group will be added to in increasing numbers as they settle in. So far we have had 11 mortalities in total between the quarantine in Victoria Falls and our new quarantine site in Harare together. We have had a number of sick pigeons which are receiving individual treatment and hand feeding to ensure their nutrition remains adequate. So far we have managed to pull through 24 previously sick  pigeons and return them to the main loft . These birds showed little chance of survival but now look quite normal and are eating well. A strict bio-security and health program is being used as well as vaccination boosters being given to try and limit mortalities with new imports. So far we have received  782 pigeons and a further 493 are due to arr..... read more

Auction Part 4 & Shipping dates from South Africa - 2017-05-19

  For the South African auction the last 44 pigeons have been loaded on the auction site www.mypigeonauctions.co.za  There are some big names in the pigeon sport who have pigeons on this sale. Premier Stud, Willie Munnik, GJT Lofts, Samuels Loft, Martin and Hein Beneke to name but a few. Remember the cost of getting the pigeons to South Africa is included in the price. This auction ends on Friday 26 May 2017 at 20h00. Regarding the previous auctions, if there is a pigeon(s) that was not sold, contact us and we can see if we can arrange the sale of the pigeon to you at R 1400.   2017 Season ..... read more

Birds in quarantine - 2017-05-11

The birds in quarantine are doing very well. Watch these videos to see; https://www.facebook.com/victoriafallswcpr/videos/1666169200356564/ https://www.facebook.com/victoriafallswcpr/videos/1665906387049512/..... read more

Extended shipping dates - 2017-05-10

We have had requests to receive pigeons in July as the breeding season in Europe has been delayed by cold weather in January. We have therefore made arrangements with the Dutch Quarantine and Veterinary Services (DQVS) to take one last intake in for the race. Intake Thursday 6th July at DQVS. Please phone to make prior arrangements to book the pigeons in (Telephone +31 (0) 235577990) or organise it through your agent.  The quarantine loft in Zimbabwe will therefore also receive pigeons from other shippers (outside of Europe) between Monday 24th July and Friday 28th July. If you have any pigeons for this shipment please contact your agent to ensure that they receive the birds from you in advance for veterinary testing. Herewith the agent list; https://www.victoriafallswcpr.com/agents.php  ..... read more

Jan 2017 final race video - 2017-04-28

If you have not yet seen the video from our final race week, click on this link; https://youtu.be/Z1LNoBr4Nh0  ..... read more

First USA and Europe shipments - 2017-04-27

We are pleased to announce the we have received our first overseas shipments from USA and Europe! The birds are settling in nicely in their new loft under quarantine. All arrived in good shape and are eating and drinking well. Credit must go to John E Nelson from USA and Animals To Fly in Netherlands for a job well done. We eagerly await the first shipment from Kuwait due early May. Herewith some videos of the shipments received; https://www.facebook.com/victoriafallswcpr/posts/1660992034207614 https://www.facebook.com/victoriafallswcpr/posts/1660992120874272    ..... read more

Part 2 & 3 of SA Auction - 2017-04-27

The first of 3 auctions is complete having been done online by Robert Swanepoel in South Africa on behalf of VFWCPR. Part 2 and 3 are now on the site, www.mypigeonauctions.co.za with some pedigrees still to be loaded. The starting bid on this site is ZAR 1400 per pigeon and it includes the shipping and quarantine to get the pigeons to South Africa. We cannot send them out of South Africa. Bidding for part 2 will close on 12 May and part 3 on 15 May. After that preparations will be made to export birds to SA buyers. Please make payment in time to meet the shipping dates to be planned. Updates on the PIPA and USA auctions will follow in due course.  ..... read more

Auctions - 2017-03-27

The pigeons from the first season of the Victoria Falls World Challenge Pigeon Race will be auctioned as follows; 36 pigeons have been selected by PIPA to be sent to and auctioned by them (see list below). 50 pigeons have been chosen to go to USA for auction (see list below). Details of the above 2 auctions will be published in due course once the birds have undergone quarantine and shipment. The remaining birds are being auctioned on www.mypigeonauctions.co.za and the top 100 birds from the final (which are not going to PIPA or USA) have been loaded. The starting bid on this site is ZAR 1400 per pigeon and it includes the shipping and quarantine to get the pigeons to South Africa. If you have pedigrees available for any of the pigeons on this site please forward to Robert@benzing.co.za  Pigeons ..... read more

Newsflash - 2017-03-23

The Victoria Falls WCPR team has been busy since the final race on 28 January. All pigeons have been moved and selected in preparation for export and sale. The loft in Victoria Falls has had some modifications done to it and it has been cleaned and sterilised in preparation of the new intake. The new quarantine station in Harare is coming on steadily and will be ready to receive pigeons this year. All the necessary import permits have been received and sent to the shippers in the respective regions and we now await the first shipments in April. 84 pigeons will be sent overseas to be auctioned by PIPA and another auction house. The balance of the pigeons will be auctioned online through the site My Pigeon Auctions for this year. The shipment of pigeons overseas is a lengthy and complicated process as they need to be quarantined twice and this will take several months. We will keep everyone informed of the progress. Any birds purchased online through My Pigeon ..... read more

Australian birds - 2017-03-23

We have been advised by Australian vets not to receive any pigeons from Western Australia because of the outbreak of Rotavirus in the East. The chances of bringing Rotavirus to Victoria Falls are extremely unlikely because of the quarantine and testing procedures in place. Nevertheless it is regretted that we cannot take the chance given the potential devastating effect the spread of this virus outside Australia could have. We sincerely apologise for this and hope that we will get Australian support next year. We do have good quality pigeons available from our stud if one wishes to enter a team. Best regards...... read more

Final Prize Money Results - 2017-02-06

The final of the inaugural Victoria Falls World Challenge Pigeon Race was held on Saturday 28th January. The race proved to be a challenge for the pigeons because of rainy weather en route. The sky was cloudy at the liberation point 410 km to the south but not raining, however within 60 km the pigeons encountered scatted rain showers. The wind was from the North West (direct headwind) at 10 to 14 km per hour. Approximately 120 fanciers and on-lookers were present at the lofts to witness the first 3 pigeons arrive at 14.35 over 8 hours after liberation. There were some anxious minutes as the 1st pigeon belonging to Bader AlJewesry of Kuwait eventually trapped at 14.47 recording a speed of 800.17 meters per minute earning the 1st prize of USD 200 000 This was closely followed by a pigeon Jaws 1 belonging to Ado Family Loft of United States with a speed of 799.6 meters per minute earning USD 100 000. Some more anxious minutes passed before the third pigeon named Klaas f..... read more

At the race! - 2017-01-28

Birds were liberated at 6.15 this morning in overcast weather and with no wind. There is plenty of rain about along the way which they will need to navigate. There is a great vibe at the loft with many people gathered to wait for the birds to come in. If you are not at the loft then we trust that you are either watching the race live at our stand at the Olympiad show in Brussels or following the results and camera streaming live on the internet. Please note that per our terms and conditions for this year the ACE pigeon needs to come back from this final race by 12.00 tomorrow. We therefore can only officially announce the ACE bird results after 12.00 tomorrow, Sunday the 29th. Best of luck to all entrants and may the best pigeon win!  ..... read more

Final list of birds - 2017-01-27

Final changes have been made to the basketing list for a few pigeons which were sold today. https://www.one-loft-race.net/?page=8&loft_id=35&flight_id=38&season_id=1 Activations are now closed. Planned liberation is 06.00 tomorrow morning. Good luck to all entrants! ..... read more

Race Week Events underway! - 2017-01-26

Our race week events kicked off last night with a cocktail party at Lookout Cafe, overlooking the gorge and bridge with the mist from the falls in the background. Guests started arriving yesterday, there were loft visits this morning and we are currently checking and basketing the birds for the final. Welcome to all those that are arriving! and to everyone that could not make it this year we hope to see you at the next final race!..... read more

Birds still for sale! - 2017-01-26

Herewith a list of birds which are still for sale. Last day for activation is tomorrow, Friday!   # Fancier Team Pigeon Country Name 1 Abdulaziz Alkandari -- 2016KW-028514 Kuwait Lucky-1 (For Sale) 2 Divine Lofts -- BYO 2137 Zimbabwe Neo (For Sale) 3 Divine..... read more

Final Race! - 2017-01-26

The basketing for the Final Race has been completed! Thank you to all the fanciers who helped with it this afternoon as well as the Deloitte auditor for doing the life ring check. The baskets are sealed and the truck has been locked. Herewith the basketing list; https://www.one-loft-race.net/?page=8&loft_id=35&flight_id=38&season_id=1 There are still some birds available for sale- please look for them on the basketing list (type For Sale in the Filter entries box) or check our news feed on our website for the list. We will accept any activations received (with a proof of payment) before 19.00 CAT tomorrow, Friday night. Please get confirmation for the bird you want. Watch the results live on Saturday; ..... read more

Loft List - 2017-01-24

Herewith the current Loft List of 417 birds.  Basketing for the final race will commence at 15.00 on Thursday the 26th Jan. Ensure that pigeons you are wanting to activate are done so before the race! Fancier Team Pigeon Country Name Anton & Friends -- ZA16 22164 Australia Little Surprise (Donor- Anton & Friends) (Activated) Anton & Friends -- ZA16 22169 Australia Little Joy (Activated) ..... read more

Bird List - 2016-10-20

Summary Birds received into the Vic Falls loft 1710   From 1 July - 20 Aug Mortalities during quarantine 170   10% From 1 July - 19 Sep Losses during orientation and initial training 140   8%   From 20 Sep to 20 Oct..... read more

Participant list 2016/2017 - 2016-10-04

  Herewith the list of participants for this race season;   Angola Simbarashe Tinofirei   Australia Anton & Friends SRC 88 / Nigel Coffey   Shurugwe Phantom   ..... read more

VFWCPR State of the Race - 2016-10-01

From Dr Wim Peters – Race Director It has been a while since we communicated the happenings at the Victoria Falls loft apart from our frequent posts on social media. The most important news is that the nets have all been taken down and the birds have had their first experience of total freedom under the African sky.  Most have preferred to fly from one rooftop to the rooftop on the other wing of the loft and back again a few times not yet venturing to explore their surroundings.  This is understandable as, for the last few months, they have not been allowed to roam freely.  There are some that have taken to the air with gusto, flying wildly in all directions.  I am sure that, within the next few days, they will begin to form ‘packs’ as pigeons are want to do, and explore over a wider area. We were visited yesterday and today by what is believed to be a honey buzzard, which did make a few feeble attempts a..... read more

Bird intake 2016 complete - 2016-08-26

A huge thank you to all the fanciers worldwide who have sent us birds this year. Our final shipments are in and we are pleased to announce that the total number of birds received for our first race season is 1710. Countries represented in this year’s race are; Angola, Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China, France, Germany, Ireland, Kuwait, Namibia, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Trinidad & Tobago, United Kingdom, United States of America, Zimbabwe The pigeons are out under the net getting used to their surroundings prior to commencement of training. We have not yet received all entry forms and information. Once we have this the loft list will be viewable on our website...... read more

Video from our opening week! - 2016-06-14

The video from our Familiarisation Tour & Loft Opening is done. Please view it here; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y7x2GRU2fso Thank you Reel Life Productions for another great video!..... read more

“PIPA discovers cut diamond in one loft racing..” - 2016-06-05

A great heading from PIPA’s article regarding their visit! We had an amazing week with some international guests coming out for a familiarisation tour of the newly completed pigeon loft as well as Victoria Falls. PIPA’s incredible article must be read! http://www.pipa.be/en/trips/trip/pipa-discovers-cut-diamond-in-one-loft-racing-scene-victoria-falls-world-challenge-pigeon Thank you to all our guests who came out to visit us; it was certainly an enjoyable week for us all! A video of the week will be posted soon...... read more

Loft completed! - 2016-05-20

We are very excited to announce that we are having a familiarisation tour of the completed pigeon loft as well as Victoria Falls. This is happening next week! Some international guests are coming out for it including Benzing and PIPA. Our local partners the Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust will also be in attendance. A representative from the Ministry of Tourism will be cutting the ribbon at our loft unveiling ceremony on Thursday the 26th. We have a film crew who will be making videos of the completed loft and some of the events that will take place. A full 3D walk through of the lofts will be posted on Facebook and our website after the event. In the meantime here are a few pictures of the finishing touches that were being done this last week, particularly the signage being put up. Watch this space for the feedback of the event! To see all the current loft pictures click here https://www.victoriafallswcpr.com/gallery.php?dir=Loft..... read more

The Team - 2016-04-28

The beginning of May is fast approaching.  That means that the VFWCPR must rapidly ‘get all its ducks in a row’ for the final stages.  And, after a few hiccups, the ‘Vic Falls team’ is complete.  Without any exaggeration, it could be called the ‘Pigeon A-Team’. The Pigeon A-team has a very strong team of investors and brilliant communicators in Karen Taylor CA(SA) and her helpers.  A force to be reckoned with is tasked to look after the fitness, training and welfare of the pigeons in the loft.   At the helm is General Manager Geoff Armand, an experienced campaigner in both business and 45 years in racing pigeons. Helping him is Race Director and Veterinarian, Dr Wim Peters with 25 years of private practice and more than 50 years’ experience in pigeon racing, able to say that he was crowned Champion in all the Organisations (7) in which he competed. It further gives us great pleasure to..... read more

Have a shot at winning a share of US$700,000 prize money by buying rights to a racing pigeon at Victoria Falls - 2016-04-08

Hello everyone! Would you enjoy an interesting event you can follow with growing excitement and anticipation that will benefit wildlife? Here’s an enticing offer that will keep you “tuned in” for months with the prospect of a healthy share of US$700,000 prize money for minimal outlay. Have a flutter on a feathered friend and be part of a global pigeon racing event at a “Wonder of the World” in the Victoria Falls World Challenge Pigeon Race that culminates with the final race on 28 January 2017. Here’s how. In the two months between November 12 this year and January 7 next year there will be five “hot spot” training races all finishing at the new world-class loft near the banks of the Zambezi River at Victoria Falls. Each of these races offers US$30,000 prize money, graded for the first 10 positions, and the final race held on January 28, 2017 has a total prize money of US$500,000. YOU can be part of it by sele..... read more