June 2023: The Tusk Lewa Marathon

Run wild! Tusk’s Lewa Marathon and Half Marathon invites participants from all over the world to compete in an internationally acclaimed event while running through one of Africa’s most breathtaking wildlife conservancies.

Although regarded as one of the toughest marathons in the world, runners of all abilities take part — from walkers and amateurs to professionals like Paul Tergat, the Kenyan former world record holder. As a result, the event has grown to become one of the country’s major sporting events and is regarded by Runner’s World as one of the world’s top ten “must do” marathons in the world. The race is open to anyone and everyone; there is even a 5 km race for children!

Following an overnight in Nairobi, you will spend three days in the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy at Location Africa Camp, the “athlete’s village” is set up just for runners and spectators creating a lively and convivial atmosphere. Comfortable, traditional tented accommodation, great food and camaraderie will all be yours to enjoy. Highlights include a supervised training run (with an armed ranger) through Big 5 game territory, some of the best wildlife viewing in Africa and visits to Lewa projects that have been funded by the Marathon. This is an inspiring, behind the scenes look at conservation in action and to see real examples of how this event is saving and improving lives.

This is the land of endangered rhino, the majestic lion, mighty elephant and so much more. Your participation helps to ensure that these animals will be with us for generations to come.

If you would like to extend your travels in Africa, we can happily arrange a safari in the Masai Mara, gorilla tracking in nearby Rwanda, or a rest and a flop on a white sandy beach. This continent offers a multitude of  exciting options either before or after the marathon and we have the knowledge and experience to deliver an African journey of a lifetime.


Tamarind Tree Hotel 21st June 
You will stay at the Tamarind Tree Hotel for one night on a bed and breakfast basis. Your stay here includes breakfast tomorrow morning. During your stay at the Tamarind Tree Hotel you have the choice of several indoor and outdoor dining options as well as the opportunity to take a refreshing dip in the swimming pool.

The Tamarind Tree Hotel is ideally located just 5 kms to the southwest of Nairobi within the spacious Carnivore grounds and its iconic Carnivore Restaurant. The hotel offers easy access to all parts of the city, its National Park, as well as to the country’s many diverse attractions via the neighbouring Wilson Airport and Southern Bypass. The nearby Langata and Karen suburbs are among the liveliest and most popular in Nairobi with and excellent restaurants and the popular Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage.

Location Africa Camp 22nd – 25th June
You will stay at Location Africa Camp for three nights on a full board basis. This is a traditional tented safari camp in the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and is set up just for the annual Lewa Marathon benefiting Tusk. Set in a prime location on the 61,000 acre Conservancy, Maridadi serves as the fun and entertaining “athlete’s village” for participants and spectators alike.

Each Meru-style walk-in tent is equipped with comfortable twin or double beds and has its own safari bathroom with a hot water bucket shower and short drop toilet at the rear of each tent. The tents come complete with high quality linens, daily housekeeping and have kerosene lanterns to light the way to your tent and bathroom at night. Common areas include a bar, a mess tent and all food from the excellent “bush” kitchen is included.

Get in touch with us now to join the 2023 Lewa Marathon