19 June 2021 / 26 June 2021

Big Five Marathon
19 June 2021 / 26 June 2021

The wildest of them all

The Big Five Marathon is an exclusive event that combines a challenging marathon experience with a classic African safari vacation.

The Big Five Marathon in South Africa is held among the wildlife of the African savannah.

In one of the most spectacular game reserves in Africa the challenging route goes right through the habitat of the African game, including the famous Big Five: Elephant, Rhino, Buffalo, Lion and Leopard.
No fences, no rivers, nothing at all separates the runners from the African wildlife!

The event features both a marathon and a half marathon distance.



Considering the current situation regarding COVID-19, we have postponed the Big Five Marathon 2020 to June 19 2021. This event is now sold out.

Registration for the Big Five Marathon 2021, due to take place on June 26 2021, is now open 

Despite the circumstances, we are very excited to be hosting TWO Big Five Marathon events in 2021. We hope to see you all in South Africa next year! 



While we remain optimistic that the world will win control over Covid-19 during 2021 there’s obviously still uncertainty and questions for the coming year. We have used the past several months to become as prepared as possible to organize races in the post-corona era and are positive that we can live up to various restrictions and regulations set forth by the South African authorities. With that said, however, we understand that many of you may still wonder how Covid-19 will effect travelling in the year to come, which is why we have outlined our policy for possible Covid-19 travel restrictions to give you peace of mind while still being able to secure your spot at the Big Five Marathon.

If the race is cancelled by Albatros Adventure Marathons you will receive a full refund of the payments made to Albatros Adventure Marathons.
If the race is postponed to a later date you will have the choice between moving your entry to the new date or receive a full refund of payments made to Albatros Adventure Marathons.
Note that the decision to cancel or postpone the race will be taken no later than 4 weeks prior to the event, but in most cases the decision will be taken at least 8 weeks in advance.

If official travel restrictions prohibiting you from travelling to South Africa are in place 30 days before the event you can cancel your booking and receive a full refund of the payments made to Albatros Adventure Marathons.
This includes restrictions disabling you to depart from your home country as well as restrictions banning you from entering South Africa due to Covid-19 regulations.

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Incredible place to do a marathon!

Shannon Rahlves
2015 Big Five Marathon finisher