Arrive in Nairobi and transfer to a comfortable hotel close to the Karura Forest for dinner and a much-needed full night of sleep.
Running: no scheduled run
Wake up for a mid-morning run through the beautiful trails of Karura Forest, with chance sightings of elite Kenyan runners, waterfalls and monkeys. The group will be treated to a special “Karibu” (welcome) lunch featuring a huge spread of authentic Kenyan cuisine. Spend the rest of the day relaxing or exploring nearby shops. There is the option to visit the giraffe sanctuary in the afternoon. Be ready to hit the road the next morning! Running: Flexible distance, 5K-15K+ options, dirt single track trail, 5,800+/- FASL (ft above sea level)
Meals: BLD (breakfast lunch dinner) included
We’ll depart first thing in the morning to Hells Gate National Park, one of the only parks that can be explored on foot. Its rocks and gorges provide a dramatic landscape, wildlife abounds and we will run through it! Afterward, we’ll head to beautiful Lake Naivasha for the night.
Running: 17K run with shorter/longer options, vehicle support, dirt road (1K of pavement), 6,200+/- FASL
After breakfast we will head to the Menangai Crater, which is one of the largest calderas in the world. The volcano formed 200,000 yrs ago and sits on the floor of the Great Rift Valley. The current volcanic activity is harvested for geothermal power generation. After the run we will have a picnic lunch and head towards our hotel where you can relax before dinner.
Running: Up to 20km , dirt single track trail, 7,474 FASL at summit.
After a good nights rest we head to Iten, where the running legends (and aspiring legends) live and train at 8,000ft. After checking into our hotel (perched above the Great Rift Valley!) we’ll gather for an easy shakeout run to the famed dirt track. Dinner and drinks around the fireplace before heading to bed – tomorrow is the long run!
Running: 5-10K, smooth dirt roads, vehicle support, 7,800+/- FASL
The day begins with an early long run on the famous red dirt roads of Iten, where our focus switches from spotting wildlife to spotting Olympic runners! A hot shower and breakfast awaits with plenty of time to soak in the magic of this running mecca. Kick back, get the kinks worked out from a local sports massage therapist and enjoy a full day of post-long run recovery.
Running: Up to 35k, smooth dirt road, vehicle support, 7,800+/- FASL
We’ll start the day with a final, optional run in Iten before a beautiful drive that descends into the Rift Valley and on to the shores of Lake Elementaita. We’ll enjoy afternoon drinks and a discussion on the history and culture of Kenya from a patio overlooking the lake, with the evening free to enjoy the beautiful grounds of the luxury eco lodge.
Running: Flex distance or rest day, smooth dirt road, 7,800+/- FASL
Today we depart towards the Maasai Mara, the quintessential African safari experience and one of the most famous game reserves in the world. But first we will go for a spectacular run heading down to the shores of Lake Elementaita. Over 400 of species of birds, including flamingos/pelicans/heron, make this lake home. If you are lucky you will spot zebra, eland, gazelle, and warthogs that graze on the shore. Once you have breakfast and a shower we will switch from vans to 4x4 Land Cruisers and head towards the Maasai Mara! we drive deep into the reserve, getting up close and personal with astonishing wildlife on the way to our luxury safari tents.
Running: 10-15k, dirt road/cross country grass/single track trail, vehicle supported, 5,500+/- FASL
We’ve wrapped up our running for the week, and today is all about the most famous Kenyan activity: safari! We’ll wake to a huge breakfast and a full day of game driving, exploring far reaches of the Maasai Mara in search of lions, rhinos, hippos, giraffe, elephants, wildebeest, crocodiles, and many, many other amazing animals. Bring your best camera gear – today is a photographer’s dream! We then spend a second night at the beautiful safari camp, with top-notch service and incredible surroundings.
You’ll be woken early in the best way possible: coffee brought right to your room. We’ll then load up for a sunrise safari, exploring the Mara one last time before departing by light aircraft after lunch. We’ll land in Nairobi and spend the evening saying goodbyes at an upscale restaurant/lounge before boarding flights home, or connecting to any itinerary add-ons.
PRICING & DETAILS
Sunday, October 7 through Tuesday, October 16, 2018
A $600 deposit secures your spot, and the total cost depends upon signup date:
Early Pricing (through June 7): $4650
Late Pricing (After June 7): $4800
Private room upgrade: $880 (gives you your own room for all nine nights; due with balance)
Balance due by June 7, 2018. Registrations after that date will be due in full. Please refer to the FAQs on our website for our cancellation & refund policy.
- Thorough pre-trip communication regarding flights, packing and other information
- Transfers to/from airport
- Transportation: vehicles, fuel and drivers
- Regional flight from the Masai Mara to Nairobi
- Nine nights accommodation in upmarket hotels, lodges & safari camps
- Safari game drives
- Organized, supported runs
- All game reserve and national park entry fees
- A team of experienced, expert Rogue Expeditions & Kenyan guides
- All meals
- Water + coffee, tea & juice with breakfasts
- Rogue Expeditions shirt
- An experience you will tell your grand kids about!
COST DOES NOT INCLUDE
- International flight
- Alcohol or beverages other than water (coffee, tea and juice always complimentary with breakfast)
- Travel Insurance
- Personal purchases/souvenirs
Early Arrival Package: $275 per person or $500 for a couple/pair sharing a room. Cost includes airport pickup, 1 night hotel, all meals (dinner, breakfast, lunch), guide/transport/entrance fee to visit the elephant orphanage.
Private Room Upgrade: $880 guarantees your own room for all nine nights. Solo travelers who do not choose the upgrade will be placed with a same-sex roommate.
There will be a minimum of 8 and a maximum of 18 runners. Spots are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, so early deposits are recommended!
US citizens require a visa to enter Kenya. The visa costs $50 and can be easily obtained upon arrival in Nairobi.
Please note that travel insurance is strongly recommended. Although we hope you never need it, we've seen enough to know that it can be a lifesaver in the event of a medical emergency, flight delays that cause you to miss the start of the trip, lost baggage or cancellation on your part (broke your leg two weeks before departure? Insurance could cover the entire cost of your trip!).
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