Safaricom Marathon & Half-Marathon Itinerary

 

 

Itinerary 2014

 

June 22 - Arrive Nairobi in the evening and transfer to the Norfolk Hotel.

June 23 - Transfer by coach for the three-hour trip to the Aberdare Country Club nestled in the foothills of Mt. Kenya near Aberdare National Park. We spend two nights acclimating to the mile-high altitude to prepare you for your event. A training run led by a local guide will follow trails that pass giraffe, zebra, impala, baboons and other wild game.

June 24 - Time spent at the Aberdare Country Club is helpful to acclimatize to the dry, summer conditions and altitude. The atmosphere here brings you back to the colonial days of the early 1900s when great white hunters claimed their trophies during the day and swapped tales in the evening under candlelight - in the stone and mahogany bar with a glass of cognac. You can spend time game viewing by foot or visiting Solio Ranch- a reserve for over 100 rhino or simply. Or simply  enjoy the 100-acre resort.

June 25 - Today we take a full-day excursion to the Aberdare National Park to spend one night at the Ark, the world-famous game lodge overlooking a floodlit waterhole, where you can watch elephant, rhino, buffalo, bushbuck or an occasional giant forest hog at close range with the seemingly ever-present hyenas lurking about looking for easy prey.

June 26 - Transfer by vehicle to the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy with a brief stop for a photo opportunity at the equator. Accommodations will be provided at a temporary deluxe mobile camp. Late afternoon game drive tracking rhino, Grevy zebra and other wildlife. Lewa boasts of 125 black rhino and white rhino at last count including 8 babies born in 2011. With the protection of an armed ranger, we will be allowed to take a run in the bush among the wildlife.

June 27 - Game drives throughout the day. Pre-race pasta party, briefing and race check-in.

June 28 - Safaricom Marathon and Half-Marathon start at about 7:00am. About 750 runners (approx. 90% are Kenyan) will participate in both events. Many of the Kenyans are recreational runners and raise funds for charitable causes. Dinner celebration at the camp.

June 29 - Transfer to airport for return flights to Nairobi and overnight flights to connect to your city of origin.

 

Masai Mara Option:

 

June 29 - Transfer to the Lewa airstrip for the 50-minute flight to Masai Mara National Park which is recognized by many experts as offering the world's best game viewing. Transfer to Governors Camp, a deluxe tented safari camp. After lunch you will enjoy your first game drive in the Mara.

June 30- July 1 - Three game drives each day seeking a variety of wildlife depending on their natural movements. You can optionally book a walking safari on one of the mornings where you will be face-to-face with spectacular wildlife and learn about the local insects and fauna. You have a choice of two other options. A one-hour morning hot air ballon ride over the plains is the ultimate way to view the bush with an overhead gaze at the game below you. Or you can board a morning charter for the flight to Lake Victoria where you can hook a Nile Perch weighing up to 80 kilos or watch the variety of wildlife surrounding the world's second largest lake.

July 2 - Transfer to the airstrip for the short flight to Nairobi to catch your return international flights.   Please ensure that all flight departures are after 9pm.

NOTES:

  • Itinerary may be changed based on the final number of participants.