June 2019: The Tusk Safaricom Marathon

Run wild! Tusk’s Safaricom 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 Maridadi 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.

ACCOMMMODATION

Norfolk Hotel 26th – 27th June 
You will stay at the Norfolk Hotel for one night on a bed and breakfast basis. Your stay here includes breakfast tomorrow morning. During your stay at the Norfolk 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 Norfolk Hotel is one of Nairobi’s oldest hotels. It opened on Christmas Day of 1904. It is situated in the heart of Nairobi a short distance from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and from Nairobi’s main business and shopping districts. All rooms have an en-suite bathroom with bath and shower, a mini bar, television and radio, direct dial telephone and air-conditioning. The hotel has five restaurants and three bars, a swimming pool, a hair and beauty salon, shops and newsstands and a health club with a fully equipped gym, saunas, steam rooms, aerobics classes and massage therapy.

Maridadi Camp 27th – 30th June
You will stay at Maridadi for three nights on a full board bases. This is a traditional tented safari camp in the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and is set up just for the annual Safaricom 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.

 

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