Swim for Nsumbu is an open water swimming event on Lake Tanganyika created to bring attention to the challenges facing Lake Tanganyika – challenges caused by overfishing, climate change, poaching and general environmental degradation.
The 2014 swim was a collaboration between Madswimmer and CLT (Conservation Lake Tanganyika). The decision was made to attempt the first ever trans Tanganyika open water swim, swimming in one day across lake Tanganyika from Tanzania in the east to Zambia in the west. It was agreed that the focus would be raising awareness and funds for CLTs work in and around Nsumbu National Park and the date was set for November 8th, 2014.
The total distance covered by swimmers was 38.5 kms. Jean Craven of South Africa was the only one to complete the entire distance nonstop, a truly amazing feat! The total swimming time was 12 hours. The Madswimmer relay swimmers was: Megan Harrington-Johnson, Michiel le Roux, Milton Brest, Gary Isbister, Jessica Comana, Elaine Sinden, Linda Main, Robert Dunford, Shaun Davy, Marcel du Toit and Marius de la Rey.