Kenya Marathon & Safari Adventure13 days & 12 nights,
Nairobi, Iten, Lake Nakuru & Masai Mara
A once-in-a-lifetime experience for active travelers, this 13-day adventure is centered around running in the Nairobi Marathon, and is bookended by two separate safari expeditions. Spend three days at the High Altitude Training Center, where you'll complete your marathon training alongside 800 athletes, including Olympians and world record holders. Then, relax before the race with two days at Lake Nakuru, observing lions, leopards, hippos, and the dozens of white and black rhinos protected in the park's famous rhino sanctuary. After returning to Nairobi for the race, your victory lap includes three unforgettable days spotting every animal imaginable on the plains of the iconic Maasai Mara.
Note: This itinerary can be altered for those who do not wish to participate in the marathon.
Day 1Arrive Nairobi
Touchdown in Nairobi, Kenya. Upon arrival, proceed with customs and immigration formalities and enter into the arrivals area. Here you will be warmly welcomed by your local Cox & Kings representative and driven to your hotel. Relax and unwind as you become accustomed to your new surroundings. Tomorrow, the adventure begins!EKA Hotel
Day 2Nairobi / Eldoret / Iten
This morning after breakfast, you will be met in the lobby by your driver and accompanied to the airport for your flight to Eldoret. Here you will be met by HATC staff and vehicle and driven to the training center, where you will spend the next four nights. Unpack, have a light lunch and prepare for your first afternoon run.High Altitude Training Center - 4 Nights (B, L, D)
The High Altitude Training Centre was founded in 1999 by Lornah Kiplagat, a four time World Champion. The HATC is open to athletes of all abilities from all over the world, and welcomes runners, tri-athletes, mountain bikers and people who just look for a nice and quiet place where they can relax and train.
HATC is at an altitude of 2,400 meters in Iten, 32 km from Eldoret. Iten is the capital of the world for athletics. There are over 800 athletes training in Iten, and among them are World Champions, Olympic Champions and World Record Holders. The center is surrounded by miles of dirt roads, perfect for running and mountain biking. The HATC also has a 25 meter swimming pool, a fully equipped gym, a 400 meter all-weather tartan track and a 400 meter dirt track.
Day 3 - 5Iten
Enjoy some morning or afternoon running sessions and activities offered by the camp. While you are at the HATC, your vehicle and driver will remain with you should you need assistance or transportation while in camp.High Altitude Training Center (B, L, D)
Day 6Iten / Eldoret / Lake Nakuru
Bid farewell to your camp staff as you are met by your driver and accompanied to Lake Nakuru. The drive to Lake Nakuru is a scenic three hour drive. Keep your camera handy as you never know what you may see along the way. You will spend the next two nights in Lake Nakuru, a beautiful setting to mentally prepare for the marathon. Later this afternoon, head out with your driver/guide on your first official game drive.Sopa Nakuru Lodge - 2 Nights (B, L, D)
Lake Nakuru is among Kenya's finest national parks. Flanked by rocky escarpments, pockets of forest and at least one waterfall, the park is gorgeous year-round and is home to both black and white rhinos, lions, leopards, hippos and giraffes. Rising water levels in 2014 forced the park's famous flamingos to flee, as well as the park authorities to move the entrance gate - the old one now stands submerged by the lake along with hundreds of now-dead trees, creating a fairly haunting first impression.
The southern end of the lake is the best place to see wildlife, away from the busy city of Nakuru, which border's the park's northern extent. The forested area below Flamingo Hill is a favourite lion-spotting point - lionesses love to sleep in the trees - while leopards frequent the same area.
Day 7Lake Nakuru
Enjoy morning and afternoon game drives in Lake Nakuru National Park. The name of both a large soda lake and the national park that surrounds it, Lake Nakuru has become synonymous with vast flocks of brightly colored flamingos with thousands and sometimes millions of the iconic birds calling the lake's shores home. The park is also famous for its rhinoceros sanctuary, in which 70 white rhinoceros and 25 critically endangered black rhinoceros can be seen. This concentration is one of the largest in Kenya, and makes the park the ideal place to visit if you are eager to see these beautiful creatures in the wild.Sopa Nakuru Lodge (B, L, D)
Day 8Lake Nakuru / Nairobi
After breakfast, it is time to return to the city and prepare for Marathon Day! Your driver will meet you at the lodge and accompany you on the three hour drive to Nairobi.
On arrival, the remainder of the day is at your leisure.Tamarind Tree - 2 Nights (B)
Today is Marathon Day! Meet your driver in the hotel lobby for the short drive to the marathon starting point. Once you have finished the marathon, we will return you to your hotel.Tamarind Tree (B)
Day 10Nairobi / Masai Mara
Your driver will meet you in the lobby and accompany you to the airport for your flight from Nairobi to the beautiful Masai Mara Game Reserve. Upon arrival a guide from the camp will be there to greet you and escort you to your accommodations for the next three nights where you will enjoy amazing views and incredible wildlife viewing. A wonderful post marathon retreat!Mara Intrepids Camp - 3 Nights (B, L, D)
Mara Intrepids Camp enjoys a terrific location as it sits above a sweeping bend in the Talek River at the confluence of the Masai Mara's four game viewing areas. There are 30 luxury tents spread across a large riverside site to ensure your privacy and peace. Each tent is furnished in the classic style of the grand African safaris with large four-poster beds and modern en-suite bathrooms.
Day 11Masai Mara
Enjoy early morning and late afternoon game viewing with your professional safari guide. The Masai Mara covers an area of 583 square miles with breath taking vistas, abundant wildlife and endless plains. There is an excellent year round concentration of game, including the more than two million wildebeest, zebras and other antelopes that make up the famous Great Migration.Mara Intrepids Camp (B, L, D)
Day 12Masai Mara
Experience another day of game viewing in this photographer's and naturalist's paradise, with abundant elephant, buffalo, giraffe, lion and cheetah alongside the migratory wildebeest and zebra. Leopards are frequently encountered, endangered black rhino hide in the dense thickets and large rafts of hippo and enormous crocodiles are found in the Mara River. The park is also home to over 450 bird species.Mara Intrepids Camp (B, L, D)
Day 13Depart Nairobi
Embark on a final morning game drive followed by lunch at the camp before being accompanied to the airstrip for your one hour return flight to Nairobi. Upon arrival at Wilson Airport in Nairobi, a driver will be there to meet you. Enjoy a farewell dinner at the Tamarind Tree to reflect on this most memorable time in Kenya before you are escorted to the international airport for your departing flight.(B, L, D)