DAY 1 | ARRIVAL
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
DAY 2 | TRAIL RUN IN NAIROBI (REALLY!) & KARIBU LUNCH
Wake up for a mid-morning run through the beautiful trails of Karura Forest with local Kenyan runners (at your pace, not theirs!), spotting waterfalls and monkeys along the way. The group will be treated to a special “Karibu” (welcome) lunch featuring a huge spread of authentic Kenyan cuisine. After lunch we will transfer up to our lodge on the shore of Lake Naivasha near Hells Gate National Park. Spend the evening relaxing or exploring the lake shore spotting hippos, gazelles, giraffes, and many other wild animals.
Running: Flexible distance, 5K-15K+ options, dirt single track trail, 5,800+/- FASL (ft above sea level)
Meals: BLD (breakfast lunch dinner) included
DAY 3 | RUN WITH GIRAFFE
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 (perhaps alongside a giraffe or two!). We will picnic in the park but don’t let your guard down or the monkeys will get your lunch. After lunch we will drive further up the Rift Valley to our lodge for the evening.
Running: 17K run with shorter/longer options, vehicle support, dirt road (1K of pavement), 6,200+/- FASL
DAY 4 | FROM THE BOTTOM TO THE TOP OF THE GREAT RIFT VALLEY
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 drive up the escarpment to our lodge in the distance running Mecca of Iten.
Running: Up to 20km , dirt single track trail, 7,474 FASL at summit.
DAY 5 | LONG RUN IN ITEN
Iten is where the running legends (and aspiring legends) live and train at 8,000ft. 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 travel-free day of post-long run recovery.
Running: Up to 35k, smooth dirt road, vehicle support, 7,800+/- FASL
DAY 6 | LAKE ELEMENTAITA
We’ll start the day with a final, optional run in Iten before a stunning drive that descends into the Rift Valley and on to the shores of one of Kenya’s most beautiful soda lakes, Lake Elementaita. We’ll enjoy afternoon drinks and a discussion on the history and culture of Kenya from a patio overlooking the glass-like surface of the lake, with the evening free to enjoy the beautiful grounds (or rather, the hammock on your balcony) of our luxury eco lodge.
Running: Flex distance or rest day, smooth dirt road, 7,800+/- FASL
DAY 7 | BIRD SPOTTING, SHORELINE RUNNING, SAFARI DRIVING!
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
DAY 8 | ALL SAFARI, ALL DAY IN THE MAASAI MARA
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.
DAY 9 | DEPARTURE (AFTER JUST ONE MORE SAFARI…)
It may be departure day, but it’s not over yet: we’ll 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 6 through Monday, October 14, 2019
All levels welcome! Daily run maximums are listed on the itinerary and there are no minimums nor time restrictions (and if you want more mileage, we can make it happen).
A $600 deposit secures your spot, and the total cost depends upon signup date:
Early Pricing (through July 6): $4495
Late Pricing (After July 6): $4695
Balance due by July 6, 2019. 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
Eight 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
Water + coffee, tea & juice with breakfasts
Rogue Expeditions shirt
An experience you will tell your grand kids about!
COST DOES NOT INCLUDE
Alcohol or beverages other than water (coffee, tea and juice always complimentary with breakfast)
Early Arrival Package: includes airport pickup, 1 night hotel (single room), all meals (dinner, breakfast, lunch), guide / transport / entrance fee to visit the elephant orphanage. Cost is $385 for singles. $495 for couples.
Private Room Upgrade: Guarantees your own room for all 8 nights. Solo travelers who do not choose the upgrade will be placed with a same-sex roommate. Cost is $795
There will be a minimum of 8 and a maximum of 14 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 ensure that your departure from Nairobi on October 14 is no earlier than 5pm.
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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