If running in Africa is on your ‘bucket list’ let us introduce you to the Nandi culture. In addition to running the race on March 15th your tour of Kenya will include:
- A fully guided week long tour in the Eldoret region
- A fully guided three day safari in the Masai Mara Game Park
- A two day stopover in Amsterdam
You may also explore other options such as trekking at the base of Mt. Kenya, climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, or relaxing on the beaches of Mombasa. Rift Valley Marathon’s exclusive Nairobi tour operator can share these opportunities with you.
Those on the tour will have the opportunity to take part in the Big Five Challenge which are five group runs held throughout the trip. Each run will have its own unique challenge based on terrain and the elevation.
- Nairobi – Upon arrival guests will overnight at the Comfort Inn.
- In the Village – Guests will stay in a shared residence or be billeted in one of many local churches. A portion of your trip fees will be directed to the church community where you stay.
- Masai Mara – Luxury Safari Camp.
Those stopping in Amsterdam will have the opportunity to stay at the IBIS Hotel located adjacent to the central Train Station
While in Kenya all meals are covered in the cost of the tour including a feast at Africa’s most well know restaurant, The Carnivore.
MEET YOUR GUIDES
rOB REID (far right)
Rob is a Victoria BC store owner of Frontrunners and New Balance Victoria. Rob is the race director of the Goodlife Fitness Marathon and works with numerous community projects like Runners of Compassion, Shoes for Youth, Every Step Counts. Rob erected the Terry Fox statue at Mile Zero in Victoria. Rob traveled to Kenya with John in 2012 and has not been the same since.
JOHN CARSON (2nd from left)
John is the founder of Run for Life, a Canadian based not for profit running organization. John, a runner since 1971 has been traveling to the Rift for many years to support education, health care and and a host of community based projects. After his morning run through shaded and winding Kenya trails John can be found enjoying his 3 cups of tea. Energetic and curious, John also like to explore and may lead you to a cattle auction, brick factory, or to the top of a school to install a solar panel.
Throughout the tour there will be ample opportunities for all participants to run as often as they wish. We have added the Big Five Running challenges this year… complete all five runs and receive a special calabash!
- March 9 Arrive Kenya and overnight in Nairobi
- March 10 Big Five Challenge #1 – Morning run in Nairobi Arboretum. Travel day to the Great Rift Valley
- March 11 Visit Run for Life community projects.
- March 12 Big Five Challenge #2 – 5km Hill Climb. Trip to the Cheptarit cattle auction to purchase livestock.
- March 13 Big Five Challenge #3 – Speedwork at the world famous MOI University running track followed by lunch in Iten
- March 14 Waterfall hike and trip to Nandi Hills Tea Plantation
- March 15 Race Day Marathon, Half Marathon, or Marathon Relay
- March 16 Big FiveChallenge #4 – Ungong Long Run (80-100 min)
- March 17 Travel to Masai Mara Game Park with evening Safari
- March 18 Full Day Safari
- March 19 Am Safari, travel to Nairobi. Big Five Challenge #5 20km run out of game park to Narok. Meal at Carnivore, overnight Nairobi
- March 20 Am flight to Amsterdam, overnight in Amsterdam
- March 21 Explore Amsterdam, overnight in Amsterdam
- March 22 Return home
Masai Mara Safari
The Masai Mara is Kenya’s greatest wildlife reserve, a large extension of open plain grasslands, woodlands and smooth hills rich in some of Africa’s most thrilling wildlife. Occupying an area of 320 km² in south-western Kenya, within the Great Serengeti ecosystem, it’s effectively the northern continuation of the Serengeti National Park and game reserve in Tanzania.
The Masai Mara’s quantity and variety of wildlife is breathtaking. The reserve is perhaps most famous for its lions, which are found in large numbers, and for the annual wildebeest migration, known as the Great Migration, largely considered one of World’s most exceptional natural phenomena. Many other distinctive African wildlife are to be found in the Mara, from elephants, antelopes and giraffes to leopards and hyenas. Hippopotami and crocodiles are found in large groups all along the Mara and Talek Rivers. There is a reasonable population of the endangered black rhinoceros (in 2000 37 individuals were recorded) and of Cheetah, although their numbers are also threatened, chiefly due to tourist disruption of their day-time hunting.
Fully guided tours include airport pick up, ground transport, accommodation, meals, guide, park fees, taxes and gratuities. All prices are in US Dollars
March 9-16 One week tour of Kenya’s Nandi District $1235
March 17-19 Three day Safari in Masai Mara Game Park $835
March 17-19 Three day tour of Mt. Kenya Region $890
March 20-21 Two day stop over in Amsterdam Upon Request
Contact Stephen for details: stephen@holidaysforhumanity.