Like all Albatros Adventure Marathons, the Big Five Marathon is designed to be more than just a race. It's also about enjoying time together with family, friends and other running-minded spirits. Spectators welcome!
In order to register for Big Five Marathon, you must sign up for one of the tour packages.
All package prices are per person and are based on two people sharing a room. If you are traveling with a companion and book together, you will automatically be put in the same room. If you book separately but would still like to share with a specific person, simply put the name and/or booking number of your companion in the ‘comments’ section of your booking.
If you are a solo traveler, you will be paired with another traveler of the same gender.
Any participants that wish to have a room for themselves can pay a single supplement fee in order to obtain a single room.
Wildside Tented Camp
This is a real African Bush Camp. The tents are big and include a bathroom en-suite. The tents are lifted from the ground on a wooden terrace and furnished with double or twin beds, chairs, a closet, and safari chairs on the terrace. There is electricity around the clock.
The camp is not fenced and lies at the foot of the mountain range. Staying at the Wildside camp is a real African bush experience: A large pride of lions is often spotted in the surrounding area, and it is not uncommon to find lion tracks outside the tents in the morning.
The drive from the camp to the start and finish of the race and route inspection is approximately 40 min going through the game park in 4x4 safari vehicles.
Albatros Ranger Camp
Albatros Ranger Camp is Albatros Adventure’s newest private camp in the Entabeni Game Reserve and beautifully situated in a remote savannah area with abundant wildlife. The camp was recently renovated with new, elegant tents, modern toilet and shower facilities and comfortable furniture. The camp is tastefully designed to provide modern comforts without compromising on the authentic African safari experience. All in all, a top notch camp.
Other than 15 well-appointed double tents, the camp also boasts a pool, bar and restaurant. The Ranger Camp offers a genuine bush experience without compromising on comfort and modern amenities.
The drive from the camp to the start and finish of the race and route inspection is approximately 60min going through the game park in 4x4 safari vehicles.
Lakeside Lodge is situated on the banks of Entabeni Lake on the upper escarpment. The location is only a few metres away from the start and finish line of the marathon and half marathon.
All rooms are elegantly furnished and are linked with thatched walkways to the reception, restaurant, conference rooms and boma areas.
Legend Safari Resort
The resort is located just outside the Entabeni Safari Conservancy, but it has easy access to the game park as the resort borders the Lower Escarpment Gate. Glass sliding doors lead onto a secluded outdoor patio where you can enjoy a good book or your morning coffee. The beautifully-designed bedrooms include a small seating area and luxurious en-suite bathroom with a spacious shower and separate bath. Wake up to the sight of impalas and zebras strolling by your window and go for leisurely shake-out runs on the lush grounds belonging to the resort.
The drive from the resort to the start and finish of the race and route inspection is approximately 60min going through the game park in 4x4 safari vehicles.
Hanglip Mountain Lodge
Hanglip Mountain Lodge is a 5-star lodge located on the lower escarpment of Entabeni Game Reserve. This alluring, luxurious lodge evokes the romantic Africa of novels.
All luxury suites, furnished in African Baroque style, have private sun decks with breathtaking views across the wetlands and vast open plains. Enchanting gardens provide a paradise of foliage and tranquility.
The drive from the lodge to the start and finish of the race and route inspection is approximately 50min going through the game park in 4x4 safari vehicles.
Zebra Nature Reserve - Zebra Stables
Situated with beautiful views of the lake, Zebra Stables offers 20 elegant suites (double/twin beds) and one family suite, all decorated and furnished with an authentic ethnic theme reflecting the African culture and tones of the bushveld. The rooms have modern amenities including tea/coffee stations, mini bars, ceiling fans, hairdryers, and en-suite facilities.
The lodge also offers a superior guest experience in its spacious restaurant serving international cuisine, well-stocked bar, swimming pool with bar service and two bomas where traditional barbeques and bush dinners under the evening sky can be enjoyed.
Zebra Nature Reserve - Mountain Lodge
Set on lush grounds, Mountain Lodge consists of 26 luxurious and well-appointed rooms with views of the hills on the horizon. Beautiful trickling streams and charming paths create a serene oasis for guests. The rooms are equipped with modern amenities including, a tea/coffee station, hairdryer, ceiling fan, mini bar, and en-suite facilities.
The lodge has its own restaurant, bar, boma and pool with deck chairs and parasols, and accompanying lounge area.