Kenya Marathon & Safari Adventure13 days & 12 nights, Private Journey
Handcrafted itineraries for one or more travelers with on-the-ground support, a private guide, and a private vehicle. Private Journeys represent the best of the custom programs we've designed over the years. Our insider knowledge and destination expertise make these innovative journeys truly unique experiences.Private Journey
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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)
Generally, road conditions in southern Africa are reasonably good; however, they vary greatly between the modern cities and the remote areas, where the dusty, gravel roads necessitate 4-wheel-drive travel. When traveling off the beaten track, roads are frequently narrow, bumpy and pot-holed, and have stretches which are not sealed, or which are under reconstruction. In Ethiopia, Madagascar, Namibia and Rwanda particularly, conditions are very dusty and the off-road journeys tend to be quite strenuous. Road conditions change throughout the year, and heavy tropical rains and extreme weather patterns can affect journey times enormously.
If we are custom designing an itinerary for you, it is always a good idea to discuss your particular requirements with your travel consultant, who will endeavor to include as much or as little road travel as you desire. The type of vehicle varies according to the country visited and the number of people within your group. In destinations where conditions require it, off-road driving will be in 4-wheel-drive Land Cruisers or Land Rovers.
Internal Flights: Scheduled flights within Sub-Saharan Africa are typically limited to 33-44 lbs. of luggage per person, depending on the airline or charter company operating the flight. Although you may have a luggage weight limit of 44-88 lbs. on your international flight as well as hand luggage, you will need to limit your baggage as required according to the country and airlines or store baggage at your arrival airport. Some flights also require that luggage be packed in soft-sided bags, which Cox & Kings will provide prior to your travel. Between the camps and lodges, we can book either shared air transfers or private charters. We will automatically book shared air transfers wherever available unless otherwise requested. Please note that shared air transfers may make stops to pick up and drop off passengers at other camps, lodges and airstrips en route. Private charter flights only stop for refueling or for customs and immigration formalities as needed. The flight times for air transfers between camps and lodges are arranged 24-48 hours prior to the flight. Departure times are therefore advised locally. Passengers weighing more than 220 lbs. should advise us in advance, as some air charter companies require that an extra seat be purchased at an additional cost for all shared air transfer flight segments. This is for safety and comfort of all guests on board.
Flight Delays & Insurance: Unfortunately, due to the increase in air traffic, government restrictions and changing weather conditions, flight delays have become more common. Apart from delaying your arrival at your destination, these delays can cause problems with onward connections and/or hotel and vacation arrangements, which may need to be rescheduled. Although the airline will sometimes make alternative arrangements to get you to your next destination at no extra cost, additional costs may be involved after your arrival in the form of additional accommodation costs, transfers and onward tickets. Unfortunately, since most services are paid for in advance, any services missed due to delays are non-refundable. Please also bear in mind that many international flight tickets are non-changeable and non-refundable. Therefore, it is essential that you are insured against such eventualities.
Airport Departure Taxes: Many cities in Africa levy a tax for passengers departing on international flights, and where this is not included in the ticket price it will need to be paid in local currency or the equivalent in U.S. dollars. Other cities within a country may also levy a small charge for departures on domestic flights. Occasionally, taxes may be included in your ticket; we will advise you accordingly. Since there is no standard charge between countries, and taxes are subject to change, it is not possible to list the taxes in this brochure. We list applicable departure taxes in our pre-tour general information, which you should receive when you confirm your booking. We attempt to keep these as current as possible. Please ensure you keep enough local currency or U.S. dollars to cover these taxes.
Traveling by train in southern Africa can be a very rewarding and enjoyable experience. New luxury train routes are constantly being developed and there are now a variety of excellent routes available. Cox & Kings does not advise travelers to use the local trains, which cannot be confirmed as safe; however, the internationally acclaimed Rovos Rail and Blue Train offer a relaxed and luxurious alternative to road travel.
Accommodation standards vary dramatically throughout Africa; however, hotels used on Cox & Kings journeys can normally be expected to be very comfortable. In more remote destinations, such as parts of Ethiopia, Madagascar and Rwanda, accommodation will be more basic. Cox & Kings uses the best available properties in remote destinations and, although these will be clean and offer en suite rooms, in general they cannot be compared to modern, Western hotels. In some locations, many of the hotels we use are small, privately owned properties retaining much of their original ambience. In most destinations, service and food will be of a high quality, but in some less-developed regions hotel service can be slow and we ask you to show patience in this regard. Please note, typically all rooms reserved on your tour are standard; however, if you wish to upgrade your room, please speak to your tour consultant, who will be able to advise you about the options and the applicable supplements.
Early Starts: When on safari, you will find it is necessary to leave your lodge very early in the morning (around dawn) in order to maximize the opportunities for game viewing, as the wildlife is more active during the cooler morning hours and in the evening.
Check-in & Check-out Times: In some situations, when a flight arrives very early in the morning, it may be that you will be taken for breakfast or sightseeing before being allocated your rooms since check-in time is normally between 12 noon and 2 p.m. and check-out time is normally 11 a.m. to 12 noon. Cox & Kings’ local representatives will ensure that you are able to access your room as early as possible, but early check-ins are not guaranteed.
Game Parks & Remote Areas: Within Africa, we generally use the best accommodation available. However, even luxurious properties are a long way from other civilization and can often only be reached down narrow and makeshift roads. Although accommodation will often be in tents, these can be more luxurious than some lodges and include private facilities. Even when you travel off the beaten track with Cox & Kings, you can be sure that your accommodation in game lodges, smaller hotels and tented camps is on par with the best available in that category. Sometimes the best hotel may be the only hotel, which may be very modest. In these cases we feel that such accommodation is outweighed by the experience of these more remote areas.
Location: East Africa, bordering the Indian Ocean, Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda
Area: 224,962 sq. miles
Currency: Kenyan Shilling
Official Language(s): English, Kiswahili are most widely spoken
Visas: A visa is required for US passport holders and may be obtained in advance, although single-entry visas are available upon arrival in Nairobi.
Inoculations: Evidence of yellow fever inoculation may be requested upon entry into Kenya, and travelers arriving from countries where yellow fever is present are required to have proof of yellow fever vaccination.
What To See
Kenya is known for its famous national parks and newer private conservancies. The great herds on the Masai Mara reflect an earlier time of exploration in Africa. The unique species of Samburu National Park and the rhino of Lewa Wildlife Conservancy add diversity to any journey. Amboseli National Park is known for its herds of elephants that travel to the vast marsh every day to drink.
In Nairobi, no visit is complete without seeing the baby elephants of the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage. The history of Kenya fascinates with a visit to the Karen Blixen Museum to learn about the Out of Africa heroine’s life and work. While in the charming suburb of Karen, visit the Giraffe Center to feed these lanky creatures before going to see them in the wild.
Kenya Marathon & Safari Adventure
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