A unique race run in a unique place. The Castle Lager Skukuza half marathon is held in and around the small staff village of the Kruger National Park’s headquarter camp of Skukuza in the heartland of one of Africa’s greatest wildlife refuges. Two hours before the start of the race a squad of rangers whose task it is to ensure the safety of all athletes during the race, travel by vehicle and on foot along the course to herd off any big game which would disrupt the race. At the same time the SANParks helicopter lifts off to ensure that no elephants, rhinos and lions get too close to the route. More than a thousand athletes line up at the start on the “village green” and are set off by a recording of a lion roar. A uniquely wild and exciting run!
After this amazing run in the African wilderness, we will take you on a classic African Big 5 safari in one of South Africa’s national treasures and one of Africa’s great parks, the Kruger National Park. It covers a vast 19485 square kilometres (7523 sq miles). Areas of the park were first protected by the government of South Africa in 1898, and it became the country’s first national park in 1926. It is now part of the massive Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park. It welcomes more than 1.5 million visitors every year, in accommodation ranging from basic campsites to super luxurious 5-star lodges. All of the famous Big Five game animals are found in Kruger National Park, which has more species of large mammals than any other African game reserve (at 147 species). Also, over 520 species of birds have been seen in “Kruger”, as it is affectionately known.
We can cater to your specific individual needs when it comes to your Skukuza Half Marathon and Kruger Safari, customising the length and order of your trip any way you prefer it. Or, you can allow us to suggest the best trip for you. Whichever option you choose, you can be assured of an amazing African running and wildlife safari!
To join us for this year’s Skukuza Half Marathon on 3 August 2019 and a customised Kruger Safari contact the team on firstname.lastname@example.org