RUN KENYA FAQS
Kenya is one of the most diverse and fabled countries on the African continent. It’s a land of incredible geographic contrasts, from the gorges of Hells Gate and the 17,000 peak of Mt. Kenya to the 700 mile stretch of coastline and the incredible lakes and ecosystems of the Great Rift Valley. The savannas stretch far and wide and are filled with an amazing array of wildlife, and lush farmlands produce some of the world’s best fruit, coffee and tea.
Combining this natural beauty with incredible safari drives, fun-loving, welcoming locals and the reputation for producing the world’s most legendary distance runners makes Kenya is the perfect choice for a Rogue Expeditions running adventure!
What’s included in the trip cost?
The trip price includes pre-trip communication & guidance, airport transfers, all accommodation, all meals/snacks, water, coffee/tea/juice at breakfast, transportation, drivers, experienced guides, organized, supported runs, all park fees, safari drives, an in-country flight and a Rogue Expeditions shirt. In short, just about everything is covered from the moment you land until the moment you leave!
What isn’t included in the trip cost?
The cost does not include international flight, visa ($50 for US residents), alcohol or tips.
Why isn’t the flight included?
International airfare is not included in the price. Let’s be honest, we are all unique and your schedules (and originating airport!) are no exception. Come early, stay late. Fly or sail. Participants will be responsible for booking their travel arrangements and ensuring that they arrive in Nairobi Kenya (either at the airport or hotel) by the trip start date. Suggestions and guidance will be provided once you are signed up.
How far do I have to be able to run?
This trip supports ALL abilities of runners! There is no set requirement, but we recommend that you be comfortable with daily running. Runs will either take place en route to the next destination, with vehicle support available at all times, or they will be out/back routes. Some days have distance limits, but you are always free to run less, just enjoy walking or to take a day off.
What sort of terrain will we be running on?
We will primarily run the red dirt roads that Kenya is famous for. Footing is generally very good and impact is low, though mud can be an issue after heavy rain. Running locations can range in elevation from sea level to 8,500 ft.
What time of day will be be running?
The time of day will vary depending on where we are and where we’re headed. Many days will involve some amount of drive time, and those runs will begin mid-morning or early afternoon, towards our destination. Morning runs will be scheduled in Iten.
What will we do when we aren’t running?
I am betting you want to see some of the famous wildlife Kenya has to offer. When we aren’t running, we’ll have plenty to see and do! There will be numerous game drives, incredible wildlife viewing, opportunities for souvenirs and cultural lessons. Meals are an experience in and of themselves, and we’ll have plenty of quality relaxation time at our beautiful accommodations.
Can my non-runner spouse/friend come too?
Absolutely! Though it will mean more time spent in a vehicle, the sights along the way can entertain for days, and only a relativelysmall portion of each day will be spent on the run. They will still get to enjoy plenty of what Kenya has to offer; we’ve had non-runners join us, and feedback was very positive.
What will the hotels be like?
The accommodation includes a mix of upmarket hotels, cottages and luxury safari camps. The accommodation in Iten is a bit more basic due to limited offerings, but still very clean, comfortable and with an incredible view. All lodging meets high standards of comfort and hospitality.
What is the weather like?
Wonderful! October weather will be warm but mild, varying a bit among our destinations. Generally speaking, expect lows as lows of 50-60 degrees and highs in the mid 70s. Afternoon showers are possible, though they tend to be short and rarely impact plans.
How does the rooming situation work?
The cost is based on double occupancy, but you are welcome to purchase a single supplement for your own room. Otherwise, we will arrange roommates for solo travelers prior to the trip. Of course, couples will have rooms with queen beds while singles will have rooms with two beds.
What sort of food will we be eating?
We will eat fresh,healthy meals throughout the trip, with high-quality buffet spreads featuring a wide range of local and international fare at breakfast and dinner. Lunches will generally be boxed to accommodate our travel schedule; expect some combination of sandwiches, grilled chicken, hard-boiled eggs, cheese + crackers, yogurt, sweets, fruit and juice. Vegetarian and gluten-free diets are no problem.
What sort of vehicles will we be traveling in?
We will be mostly traveling in safari vans. While in the Maasai Mara we will ride in 4×4 vehicles.
Is it safe?
Kenya, like the US and other developed countries around the world, has suffered the consequences of isolated terrorism instances in the past.
To mitigate any risk we use experienced guides and operators whose focus is the well being and security of the group over all other priorities. The properties where we stay are small, privately run operations, which offer higher quality, more personal attention and secure locations away from the populated metro areas. Though it is impossible to make guarantees, we do not anticipate any problems and fully expect all of our participants to enjoy the trip of a lifetime in this beautiful country, as millions of visitors do every year.
What should I pack?
Packing light will make everything easier for you, but there are some key things to bring along, several sets of running clothes, 1-2 pairs of running shoes, a few sets of non-running clothes, swimsuit, flipflops, one warm jacket, sunglasses, sunblock, reading material and a CAMERA are all recommended. A personal water bottle is required. A detailed packing list will be provided upon signup.
What are the tipping customs?
We will provide country-specific guidance and take a group collection when it comes to the local team (ie drivers, guides, etc) involved with your trip, while tips for Rogue Expeditions trip leaders are at your discretion – never expected, but always appreciated.
If I change my mind or something comes up, can I cancel?
We know that life happens, and on occasion a participant will have to back out of a trip. As most of our costs are paid well in advance, we have set a cancellation policy that applies to all trips. Travel insurance is highly recommended to cover potential cancellations on your part.
If you cancel:
- Within 30 days of signup: Full Refund (if you pay by credit card we retain a 2.9% processing fee each way)
- 121+ days from the trip start date (but after the 30 day grace period): Deposits are non-refundable
- 61-120 days from the trip start date: 50% of total payment refunded**
- 60 days or less from the trip start date: No refunds
**This only applies to participants who have paid their balances on time. If you do not pay the balance by the due date and cancel after the fact, we will retain your full deposit
How do I sign up?
A $600 deposit will reserve your spot, and balances are due 4 months prior to the trip start date. Spots are first come-first serve, so don’t wait!