Safari Eventing

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Our Safari Eventing trips combine the thrill and exhilaration of competing in an event in the wilderness with an amazing wildlife experience that only Africa can offer.We will customise your African safari to coincide with a running or cycling event of your choice and take care of all the entry logistics for the race as well as personalise the perfect safari before or after the event for you.
All arrangements will be taken care of including the following:
– Airport transfers
– Pre-event registration
– Special meals (where possible)
– Pre- and/or post-event massages
– Optional branded Nature Travel clothing for your event
We have chosen specific events based on the areas they take place in, to ensure a fantastic running or cycling experience but also to make sure the safari part of the trip is in a wildlife-rich spot on the African continent.
There is an option to send one of our highly experienced active guides to run or cycle with you, should this be of interest to you.

We currently offer entries into the following event & safari combos :

• Kilimanjaro Marathon and Tanzania Wildlife Safari – 01 March 2020
Situated south of the equator, in Tanzania, at 5 895 metres (19,341 ft) above sea level, Mount Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest mountain and the highest free standing mountain in the world. An icon in Africa and across the globe, “Kili“ as she is affectionately known, is one of the sights every person should see at least once in his or her life. Every year, in the beginning of March, a standard 42.2 km marathon is held in the town of Moshi in northeastern Tanzania, in the shadow of this geological masterpiece. The route passes through many smallholding farms, villages, parts of town, banana and coffee plantations and patches of forest, providing great excitement to the residents who give ample vocal support. A marathon in this dramatic setting, catering for amateurs above all else, is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity!
When it comes to the classic African safari experience, Tanzania’s stunning range of wildlife and its many parks and conservation areas make it one of the best places to go on safari. Two wonderful parks to the west of Kilimanjaro can be incorporated into your Kilimanjaro Marathon Travel Eventing itinerary. No safari to Tanzania would be complete without visiting its two crown jewels: Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area. The Serengeti is one of the world’s most famous wilderness areas, playing host to the famous wildebeest migration for much of the year. Descending to the floor of Ngorongoro Crater is every bit as iconic as a game drive out on the plains of the Serengeti.
We can cater to your specific individual needs when it comes to your Kili Marathon and Tanzania 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!

• Namib Quest MTB Race and Namibia Desert Safari – 19 to 24 May 2019
The Windhoek Light Namib Quest is a 6-day , 480km (300mile) mountain bike stage race that begins in the historic capital city of Namibia, and ends 6 days later in the famous coastal town of Swakopmund. The Namib Quest was the first multi stage MTB event which featured a new race village, in the Namibian wilderness, for each of the stages. The route passes through the folded mountains of the Khomas Hochland, dropping down through the transition plateau into the famous Namib Desert, and includes parts of the Namib Naukluft Park. Riders have the privilege of passing through areas that are essentially closed to the general public.
And after or before your race, if you are looking for an African destination that is a perfect mix of wildlife safari, amazing landscapes and authentic cultural experiences, yet is safe and full of historic elements at the same time, you have found your dream itinerary! Namibia is truly the most scenic country on the African continent, featuring giant sand dunes, granite rock formations, breath-taking beaches, vast expanses of the Kalahari bush, rolling farm hills, dry lake bottoms and a great variety of valuable habitats for wildlife. Namibia is beautiful, safe and diverse; this trip is a must for the adventure traveller.
We can cater to your specific individual needs when it comes to your Namib Quest race and Namibia 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 Namibian riding and nature experience!

• Uganda Marathon and Gorilla Experience – 1 June 2019
If you’re looking for a PB then find another race! The Uganda marathon will take you up and down hills, through beautiful rolling terrain and some of Uganda’s most stunning scenery. The race starts and finishes in Masaka, a large town in the Central Region of Uganda, west of Lake Victoria. Throughout the entire course you’ll be cheered on by the locals of the community who are super excited to host this event. More than 5000 people descend from all over to run in this event, bringing the trademark African atmosphere: joking, laughing, dancing, singing, high-fiving – we guarantee you’ve never experienced a run like this before!
Uganda is home to over half of the world’s remaining Mountain Gorillas. These gentle giants are an endangered species, with less than 700 remaining in the wild. You will trek into Bwindi Impenetrable forest to come face to face with man’s closest relative for a day that you will remember for the rest of your life! We can also combine this incredible day with any of the many other national parks in reserves in Uganda, where you could see the Big 5, chimpanzees and other amazing fauna and flora.
We can cater to your specific individual needs when it comes to your Uganda Marathon and 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 running and wildlife safari in the “Pearl of Africa”!

• Victoria Falls Marathon and Zimbabwe Big 5 Safari – 7 July 2019
This race is undoubtedly one of the most majestic runs in Africa. It’s scenic, crossing the spectacular bridge border between Zimbabwe and Zambia, the route offers great views of the famous Victoria Falls and Zambezi river. It’s unique, in that it crosses an international border and your run through a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s wild, routing through the Zambezi National Park, chances are good you may spot some wildlife. And it’s fun, with the official sunset cruise and after party being legendary!
Besides the breathtaking landscapes you will encounter on the marathon, there is plenty more to do and see. Known as the adventure centre of Africa, for good reason, Victoria Falls has a wealth of activities available. We suggest however that you venture a little further away and go on a Zimbabwean Big 5 Safari. Our specialised safari is perfect for those with a sense of adventure. We will start off in Victoria Falls and then spend a few days on a camping/lodge combination in Hwange National Park – one of Africa’s forgotten game parks and Zimbabwe’s biggest. What makes this a special safari is that we will spend a couple of nights camping at some of the best waterholes in Hwange. From here we either return to Victoria Falls or do an extension to Mana Pools National Park, Lake Kariba or an additional night in Victoria Falls.
We can cater to your specific individual needs when it comes to your Vic Falls Marathon and Zimbabwe 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!

• Skukuza Half Marathon and Kruger Park Safari – 3 August 2019
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!

• Southern Cross Trail Run and SA Big 5 Safari – 9-11 August 2019
The Southern Cross (or SOX for short) is a stunning trail running race over 3 days, run in the stunning area of the Western Cape province of South Africa known as the Garden Route. A very unique aspect is that the route offers runners something totally different on each day. Day 1 is the “mountain” stage, with most of the route run along a contour line high up in the Outeniqua mountains. Day 2 is the “forest” stage, enveloping runners in the magical, fairytale-like Knysna forests all day long, and Day 3 is the “coastal” stage, that includes some tough but beautiful beach running on the famous Wilderness stretch of beach in the Garden Route National Park. Another unique aspect is the fact that the race has three different distance options for every day, ranging from casual to intermediate to expert.
After the race, you will be transferred to the Gondwana Private Game Reserve, only an hour away by car. This 11,000-hectare (26,000 acre) offers a luxurious malaria-free safari destination with free-roaming Big 5 (Lion, Buffalo, Elephant, Rhino, and Leopard) game viewing. Herds of other wildlife including Eland, Giraffe, Hippo, Cheetah and Zebra also roam free here. The reserve boasts stunning photographic opportunities, not just of the fauna, but also the awe-inspiring distant Langeberg and Outeniqua Mountains and indigenous Fynbos vegetation cloaking the undulating valleys. A special place in a unique setting.
We can cater to your specific individual needs when it comes to your Southern Cross Trail Run and Big 5 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 experience!

• Cape Town Marathon and Western Cape Experience – 15 September 2019
The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon is Africa’s only IAAF Gold label status marathon. It is managed by a partnership between WPA (Western Province Athletics), the City of Cape Town and ASEM Running and is endorsed by two of South Africa’s sporting greats, Elana Meyer and Francois Pienaar. Along the spectacular route, you will take in the famous natural beauty of Cape Town’s mountains and sea, as well as many of the city’s great attractions. Running the marathon is unique way to experience the gorgeous highlights and the vibrant spirit of Africa’s most visited and most celebrated city. It is an ideal race both for athletes who aim to achieve fast times, and for first-timers who want to finish their first marathon.
After your amazing Cape Town marathon experience, you will enjoy the best of what Cape Town, the Peninsula and the Western Cape have to offer. We will customise your trip to fit in with your exact requirements, or you can allow us to give you some suggestions. The sky really is the limit when it comes to Cape Town and its surrounds. Go up the iconic Table Mountain, be a beach bum on Clifton, taste wine in Stellenbosch, eat some local Cape Malay food, check out the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, go shark diving in Gansbaai, shop at the V&A Waterfront, visit the penguin colony at Boulder’s Beach, take a boat trip to historic Robben Island… The list goes on and on!
We can cater to your specific individual needs when it comes to your Cape Town Marathon Experience, 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 Cape Town adventure!

• Masai Mara Marathon and Kenya Safari – 28 September 2019
It’s more than just a run. It’s the adventure of a lifetime. The Masai Mara Marathon is a spectacular 21.1km (13mile) race held in the scenic and world acclaimed Masai Mara National Reserve. The route provides runners with the opportunity to see the migratory herds of zebra and wildebeest, Thompson’s and Grant’s gazelle, giraffe and a variety of other game species. The race’s main objective is to raise funds to support conservation of the Mara National reserve as well as community-based projects around the Mara. The race is a highly visible athletic event with immense media covering, with the main aim to raise funds towards conservation of the Masai Mara ecosystem and raise awareness of the plight of the communities and wildlife that live within and around the Mara.
Kenya has been one of the top African Wildlife destinations for a long time (the country also won the Africa’s leading beach destination award from the World Travel Awards recently) and on this safari after your spectacular run through the Mara we will visit the main attractions with the idea to get away from the crowds. Apart from the Masai Mara, the country also boasts Amboseli National Park, Lake Nakuru National Park as well as the Tsavo East and West National Parks. We will focus on the personal touch and all the natural aspects of this beautiful and wildlife rich area and not just to chase after the big 5, although we will probably see them too!
We can cater to your specific individual needs when it comes to your Masai Mara Marathon and Kenya 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!

• Serengeti Marathon and Safari – 16 November 2019
The Serengeti Safari Marathon takes place on the 16th of November 2019. There are options of a full or half marathon, along with a 10k race and even a fun run for kids and the not-so-fit. This is the only marathon in Tanzania in which the runners start inside the Serengeti National Park, a truly unique experience. The full route is off-road, and offers runners a chance to get really close to the classic African landscape that the Serengeti is famous for. The marathon took place for the first time in 2012 and has grown to host runners from all over the world.
After your amazing run, we will take you on safari in the world renowned Serengeti. One of the seven natural wonders of Africa, the Serengeti ecosystem in Northern Tanzania is one of the oldest and most scientifically significant ecosystems on the planet. The region contains the Serengeti National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) in Tanzania and several other game reserves, and spans approximately 30,000 km2 (12,000 sq mi) of stunning African landscapes. The Serengeti has become famous for its annual mammal migration, when over a million wildebeest and zebras can be witnessed running across rivers and plains as they fight for their lives from the possibility of getting attacked by various predators including Nile Crocodiles. Packs of African Wild Dog, prides of Lion, Cheetah, Leopard and Spotted Hyaena are often seem tailing the herds of wildebeest, Plains Zebra and Thompson’s Gazelle. Furthermore, great stretches of grassland dotted with flat-topped Acacia trees give the Serengeti that classic “Out of Africa” feel. Many people claim that the sunsets in the Serengeti are the most spectacular on earth. With so much on the go, it’s not hard to see a full spectrum of African wildlife whilst on safari.
We can cater to your specific individual needs when it comes to your Serengeti Marathon and 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!
Be part of the migration! Join us in the Serengeti!

• SkyRun Zimbabwe & Eastern Highlands Nature Spectacle – 7 December 2019
We are excited to announce a new addition to our Safari Eventing packages : the SkyRun Zimbabwe & Eastern highlands Nature Spectacle.
SkyRun Zim takes place on the 7th of December 2019 for the 5th time. Sky running by definition is a sport of mountain running above 2,000 metres (6,600 ft) where the incline exceeds 30% and the climbing difficulty does not exceed II° gradient. It’s like trail running but harder! The SkyRun Zimbabwe route follows the Turaco trail from Far and Wide , going through the Nyanga National Park, over the highest mountain (Mt Inyangani) in Zimbabwe and ending 62km (39 mi) later at the beautiful Aberfoyle lodge on the border of Zimbabwe and Mozambique. The trail takes runners on a journey through a vast mountain wilderness of wild rivers and waterfalls, forests, montane grasslands, valleys, gorges and mountain peaks.
After finishing the SkyRun you will then enjoy all that the eastern highlands have to offer. The eastern highlands is made up of three areas – the Nyanga Highlands in the north, the Bvumba Mountains in the centre and the Chimanimani Mountains in the south, each of which has its own attractions. Whether you want to go birdwatching and add some species to your life list, enjoy a round of golf at Leopard Rock, fish for trout at Troutbeck Inn, look for Samango monkeys, see Zim’s most spectacular waterfall at Mtarazi, go horse riding in Chirinda or just relax at the newly refurbished Aberfoyle Lodge, the eastern highland area of Zimbabwe is the perfect place.
We can cater to your specific individual needs when it comes to your SkyRun Zimbabwe & Eastern highlands 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 nature experience!

For more information on these event & safari combos or for any other related queries, please email us at info@naturetravelactive.com