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Safaricom marathon

We're proud to partner with Tusk as the official U.S. tour operator for the annual Safaricom Marathon on June 24th, 2017. Run wild with rhino and giraffe through Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya to raise vital funds for conservation and community programs that protect wildlife.

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Run wild for a reason

Africa’s most iconic species, including elephant and rhino, are under threat from poaching and could disappear from the wild in our lifetime. When you take part in the Safaricom Marathon, you help raise vital funds for charity Tusk which is involved in over 50 conservation, community and education programs that provide a lifeline for Africa’s wild animals.

About Tusk

Tusk is a charity that has supported projects close to our hearts at Scott Dunn USA for more than 25 years. It’s raised over $30 million for a raft of successful initiatives that protect 36 endangered species. It also helps to alleviate poverty, reduce people/animal conflict, promote education and create jobs. Since it began, the Safaricom Marathon has raised over $4.2 million for conservation.

The course

Your 13-mile route takes you along dirt track through the heart of Lewa Conservancy across beautiful savannah plains, river banks and acacia woodland. Full marathoners complete two circuits while half marathon runners complete one.

Who can take part?

Everyone! For serious runners, the full marathon—widely considered one of the toughest on earth—is a bucket list event. The half marathon and children’s 5k are ideal for competitors of all ages and abilities, from walkers to weekend warriors and professionals.

N.B. You must be 18 or over to enter the full and half marathons. The 5k has two categories for young competitors aged 10-13 and 14-17 (inclusive).

Corporate teams

Get fitter and help change the world. Register your corporate team for the Safaricom Marathon and enjoy some extra special perks:

  • Exclusive access to Tusk projects, including visits to anti-poaching tracker dogs and their handlers and meeting orphaned rhinos

  • Visit education and community programs

  • Team game drives

  • Interact with Lewa Conservancy and Tusk conservation leaders

  • Get special passes for the finishing line VIP area

  • Invitations to special Tusk team and VIP events

Behind the scenes access

As a competitor you'll enjoy a a sneak peek at Tusk-funded projects, which may include visits to local schools and water projects, and game drives through this incredible Big 5 territory.

Travel and accommodation

Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is a short flight from Nairobi. During the event, you'll have your pick of accommodations from Maridadi Camp, erected especially for the Safaricom Marathon, and a raft of Kenya’s finest safari lodges, including Lewa Safari Camp and Sirikoi. Word to the wise, these sell out quickly so be sure to ask our Safaricom Marathon consultant Lyndsey Parker for more information about your options.

Safari add-ons

You've hauled yourself all the way to Africa so why not take the chance to explore some more by adding a gorilla tracking safari, Kilimanjaro climb, or classic safari and beach option to your itinerary? We have a host of ideas for some great ways to make the most of your time in this precious part of the world.

Safaricom Marathon accommodation

Running a marathon is tough enough so your accommodation needs to be comfortable and convivial to ensure you're ready for race day. From the vibrant hub of base camp to luxury safari lodges guaranteed to wow, here are a few homes away from home guaranteed to help make your marathon unforgettable.

Maridadi Camp

The official base for Tusk's Safaricom Marathon, Maridadi Camp puts you in the heart of the action in Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, one of Kenya's most beautiful reserves. Designed to pop up and be taken down without leaving any trace, these traditional eco-friendly tents are comfortable, spacious and kitted out with proper beds. While there, enjoy game drives and special behind the scenes visits to local Tusk-supported projects.

Lewa Safari Camp

The Craig family home for over 90 years, Lewa Safari Camp (an old rhino sanctuary HQ) provides you with every creature comfort, including steaming hot showers, cozy beds, a pool, and massages—all welcome sights for the weary runner. Set in Lewa Downs, you'll enjoy wonderful game viewing that includes Grevy's zebra and black rhino, and learn about the conservation successes of the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy.

Sirikoi

A beautiful tented camp, Sirikoi is a set in a tranquil location within Kenya's Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. Perfect for groups of friends or corporate teams, there are six luxury tented rooms with views across a waterhole where you'll see animals coming down to drink, plus two private cottages. Get closer to the wildlife on a horseback ride through the bush; visit a local Masaai community; and join rangers on guided walks.

Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation

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