Big Five Marathon 2020 8-day package

The Big Five Marathon is an exclusive event that combines a challenging marathon experience with a classic African safari vacation.
16-23 Jun
8 days
2 200 EUR

Situated in the Limpopo province, the Entabeni Safari Conservancy provides the perfect setting for the event. Within this 22,000 ha, malaria-free, private game reserve, several accommodation facilities are provided, varying from tented camps to luxurious lodges. 



The itinerary is detailed below. This is what you'll be doing during your stay!

16 Jun 2020Arrival at Entabeni

The tour starts and ends in Johannesburg International Airport (also known as OR Tambo). All participants are transferred at set transfer times from the airport to Entabeni Safari Conservancy.

Transfer DEPARTURE times from the airport are: 08:30, 10:00, 12:00, 14:00 and 16:00. If any of these transfer times don't fit in your travel plans, it is possible to book an individual transfer at an extra charge.

Upon arrival to Entabeni, you will meet you tour leader and be checked in at your respective lodge/camp. Participants arriving on one of the first three transfers (departure from Johannesburg International Airport at 08:30, 10:00 & 12:00) will have the possibility to go on the first of several exciting game drives.

The game drives will provide the opportunity to experience an authentic African safari in serene surroundings. The Entabeni Safari Conservancy offers diverse wildlife, open safari vehicles and relatively few tourists, creating an ideal wilderness atmosphere.

17-18 Jun 2020Entabeni Game Drives

Day two and three of your stay in Entabeni are dedicated to exploring the game reserve through a daily game drive. We will get accustomed to the park's geography, and climate, and we can slowly start preparing ourselves for Saturday's exciting event: the Big Five Marathon.

The daily game drive is included in the itinerary and will take place either in the early morning or in the late afternoon. A bush walk with an experienced armed ranger is also included on the third day, giving us a chance to get really close to the nature and wildlife. Additional game drives and bush walks can be purchased on spot. Alternatively, some of your free time can also be used for shorter runs outside the Safari Conservancy the tour leader will help organise the runs.

Early morning game drives typically takes place between 06:00 and 09:30. During these early hours we will experience the cool morning, spot spectacular wildlife, and most probably work up an appetite. Once back from the morning safari we will be richly satisfied by the overwhelming breakfast buffet that awaits us at our lodge/camp.

The afternoon game drive begins around 16:00, and arrives back at the lodge in time for dinner around 19:30. Similar to the morning game drive, the afternoon drive provides great wildlife experiences. Moreover, the afternoon drive offers the opportunity to experience a beautiful sunset in ideal settings: enjoying a cold drink on the savannah, while admiring the changing colours of the darkening evening sky. The afternoon drive then turns into a night safari, where we will get the chance to spot the fascinating nocturnal wildlife with a spot light.

PLEASE NOTE: June is winter time in South Africa and while the temperature often rises to 20-25 degrees Celsius during the day, temperatures around 0 degrees Celsius at night time is not unusual! Especially the large drop from day to night time temperatures makes the evenings and mornings feel extremely cold. It is therefore essential to bring a winter jacket, warm hat and gloves when going on game drives!

Over the last few years, the reserve's wildlife has become increasingly accustomed to tourists. It is therefore not uncommon to see elephants, giraffes and different species of antelopes grazing in close proximity to the safari vehicles. A pride of lions even occasionally holds up traffic, lying lazily across the track. We use open 4x4 safari vehicles, which provide us with an excellent opportunity for viewing the wildlife in safety.

During our stay, we will have a number of park rangers allocated: one for approximately every ten participants. The rangers ensure our safety, drive the safari vehicles, provide competent guiding, coordinate the events with the race management, and are at our disposal around the clock. Furthermore a tour leader will be with the group from beginning to end.

19 Jun 2020Route inspection

After breakfast all the participants are transported from their respective lodges/camp to the starting point of the marathon. Before we set off for the start line, there will be a short briefing about the route inspection. All safari vehicles follow the route in a convoy, allowing the participants to examine the different running surfaces, note the locations of water posts, and assess the overall difficulty of the route.

After the route inspection a large buffet lunch will be served for all the participants. This is the time where everyone is gathered - the participants, race officials, medical staff and rangers - for a formal introduction to the event, and a presentation of the practical issues surrounding the marathon. There are no scheduled game drives this day.

20 Jun 2020Race day

The big day has come. Today, you will be met by a challenge that will be worth remembering: The Big Five Marathon. In the morning, all participants will be transported from the various lodges and camps to the starting line in time for final preparations. The marathon is planned to start at 09:00, but delays must be expected, as the exact start time will be dependent on the location of the big five game - if too close to the route, the start will be postponed. There are no scheduled game drives this day.

For more information about the race, look here.

21 Jun 2020Celebration dinner

Today, you will experience yet another fantastic game drive followed by our celebration dinner. There will be great food, live entertainment, a prize ceremony and partying under the starry sky.

Please be aware that the party takes place in a traditional South African boma with open roof and large open doorways. It is therefore advisable to dress warm! For the same reason, there's no dress code and casual clothing is recommended.

22 Jun 2020Entabeni

On the final day at the Entabeni Safari Conservancy, you will have one last game drive either in the morning or in the afternoon. Those interested will also get the opportunity to stretch their legs on one final bush walk. In the evening, farewell dinners will be held at the respective lodges.

23 Jun 2020Departure

Our week at Entabeni Safari Conservancy has come to an end and it's time to head back to Johannesburg. All participants are transferred from Entabeni to Johannesburg International Airport.

Transfer ARRIVAL times at the airport are 08:00, 10:00, 12:00, 14:00, 16:00 and 18:00. As on arrival it is possible, for an extra charge, to book an individual transfer to Johannesburg, if the group transfers don't fit your onward journey.


Namibia Explorer: Red Desert Dunes to the Azure Atlantic

23-27 Jun | 5 days | 2 475 EUR

Namibia is unlike anything else you can experience in Africa. It’s where the hot, rolling red sands of the world’s oldest desert meet the cool, frothy swells of the Atlantic Ocean. 

  • 23 June – Arrive Windhoek, Transfer to Sesriem, Chef-prepared outdoor BBQ

    While much of today will be devoted to travel, the late afternoon and evening will be spent enjoying your next destination - Namibia!

    After breakfast, we will depart from Entabeni for our flight to Windhoek, the capital of Namibia. The flight from Johannesburg to Windhoek is approximately 2 hours. After clearing customs and immigration in Windhoek, you will be transferred to Sesriem, which lies just outside Namib-Naukluft National Park. Although the drive will take approximately 5.5 hours, you will have the pleasure of starting another adventure with your traveling companion(s) and new friends from The Big Five Marathon! Along the way, we’ll take a short break in Rehoboth.

    In the evening, our group will gather at one of Desert Quiver Camp’s Open Bomas to enjoy a BBQ feast prepared by a private chef and socialize around the Boma’s central fire-pit. With delicious food, great company, vibrant desert sunset and star-studded skies, we are sure this is the perfect start to a Namibian adventure.

    Meals: chef-prepared BBQ Dinner

    Accommodation: Desert Quiver Camp

  • 24 June – Tour of Sossusvlei’s world-famous dunes, Deadvlei, Sunset excursion with bush dinner

    Today, we have a whole day in beautiful Namib-Naukluft National Park, Africa's third largest national park. The National Park is made up of the Naukluft Mountains and part of the Namib Desert, which is considered to be the world's oldest desert. Activities will include hikes to Deadvlei and Sossusvlei, where we will climb dunes, such as Big Daddy – the highest sand dune in the Sossusvlei area measuring 325 meters tall, and take an excursion to Sesriem Canyon. 

    The huge, migratory sand dunes that dominate this landscape are shaped by strong winds that whip across the desert. Some dunes are even thought to be the highest in the world! Their fiery red color is the result of oxidation over thousands of years, meaning the sand has literally rusted over time, giving the desert its distinctive color and clues to its age.

    It will be possible to spot a variety of species that inhabit this desert, including various snake species and insects, as well as geckos, hyena, jackal, ostrich, springbok and oryx antelope.  These animals and the area’s sparse plant life are sustained by occasional rainfall and mist from the Atlantic Ocean, which blows in across the desert.

    Our hike through Deadvlei will certainly be a highlight of the Namibia extension. This ghostly area, which lies just outside Sossusvlei, means “dead marsh” – a name derived from the English “dead” and “vlei”, the Afrikaans word for “marsh”.

    It is believed that the formation of Deadvlei began over a thousand years ago, when the Tsauchab River flooded and shallow pools of water formed. Trees began to grow in these small marshes, but the climate changed drastically about 200 years later and the area was stricken by drought. Without water, the trees could not survive… but they did not disappear. Instead, the climate was so harsh that the trees dried out and the desert sun scorched them into black skeletons. Today, all that remains is a petrified landscape of 900-year-old twisted, black skeleton trees trapped in an oddly spectacular, sun-bleached white clay marsh. It’s no surprise this magnificent sight has recently been nominated as the new 8th Wonder of the World!

    Late in the afternoon, we will take a sundowner drive ending with a bush dinner to experience the kaleidoscope of intense colors as they swirl across the blue desert sky. 

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch and bush dinner

    Accommodation: Desert Quiver Camp

  • 25 June – Transfer to Swakopmund, Visit Welwitschias in Moon Valley, Time at your leisure

    In the morning, we will enjoy breakfast at Sossusvlei Lodge before heading to our next destination, the coastal town of Swakopmund.

    While it is a 5-hour drive to Swakopmund, we will stop along the way in Moon Valley, one of the most fascinating parts of Namib Desert. Known for its prehistoric plant life, ancient canyons and hilly, lunar-like landscape, Moon Valley tops the “must-see” list. This sprawling area is home to the Namib Desert’s largest concentration of the ancient Welwitschia “fossil plant”. In fact, one of the plants here is estimated to be 1,500 years old! 
    These famous Welwitschia are actually trees, which have adapted to life in the arid desert conditions and play an important role in the desert ecosystem. Their low-lying leaves help to keep the surrounding earth cool, prevent erosion and provide refuge for various small desert-dwelling insects, reptiles and mammals.

    After completing the brief remainder of our drive, we will arrive in Swakopmund and check-in to The Strand Hotel, our beachside home for the next two nights. 

    Situated on the Namibia’s azure Atlantic coastline in the Namib Desert, Swakopmund is an idyllic town truly nestled between sea and sand. It was founded in 1892, when the area was a German colony, and the city’s architecture reflects some German influence, especially the old city center, which has many Bavarian-style buildings. The palm-lined streets, seaside promenade, cafes, galleries and museums, not to mention the aromatic smell of fresh sea air, give Swakopmund a laid-back charm all its own. Yet, Swakopmund has also become a mecca for adventure enthusiasts with its array of activities, both afloat and in the desert.

    To help you quickly get your bearings in Swakopmund, your tour leader will hold a brief city tour. The rest of the afternoon is yours to enjoy at your leisure. It’s the perfect opportunity to do a bit of shopping, where you can find local crafts, such as masks, figurines and blankets. Consider visiting one of the city's many museums, such as the historical Swakopmund Museum. Alternatively, stop by the special Kristall Galerie, which exhibits all kinds of gems, semi-precious stones and crystals - including the world's largest quartz crystal, which weighs over 14 tons and is estimated to be 520 million years old. 

    Spend time strolling around the small city streets and enjoying the many buildings that offer examples of classic German architecture, including the beautiful old prison building “Altes Gefängnis”. It’s so beautifully constructed, you might otherwise mistake it for a classic railway station or even a health spa.

    If you opt to spend the afternoon seaside, be sure to keep an eye out for seabirds, beautiful flamingos and dolphins!

    Meals: Breakfast

    Accommodation: The Strand Hotel

  • 26 June – Time at your leisure, Special “fat bike” desert excursion (inclusive), Oceanside farewell dinner

    Enjoy the morning at your leisure. Breakfast will be provided at the hotel. 

    In the afternoon, we have arranged a special excursion for all guests – a “fat bike” tour through the massive red dunes of the Namib Desert. A distance of approximately 12km will be covered at a leisurely pace, ensuring everyone can comfortably enjoy this scenic desert ride. 

    During the tour, which will last approximately 2 hours, we will cycle through the dry Swakop river bed and up and down the stunning dunes of the oldest desert in the world.

    The only requirements for participation are a basic level of fitness, and the ability to ride a bicycle.

    In the evening, we will gather together to enjoy an oceanside farewell dinner at Tiger Reef Beach Bar & Grill.

    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Accommodation: The Strand Hotel

  • 27 June – Departure

    After breakfast, we will head back to Windhoek for our flight to Johannesburg. The journey by bus will take approximately 4.5 hours.

    Meals: Breakfast

  • Price information

    Per person in a shared double room -  EUR 2475
    Single room supplement - EUR 250

  • Price includes

     2 nights at Desert Quiver Camp 

    2 nights at The Strand Hotel

    Roundtrip flights between Johannesburg and Windhoek

    Tour of Namib-Naukluft National Park

    Fat Bike Tour in Swakopmund

    Meals mentioned in program

    All transfers mentioned in the program

  • Price excludes

    Visa to Namibia   

    Meals not mentioned in the itinerary

  • Flight Times

    Flying Comair (British Airways)

    23 June 2020 
    Departure from Johannesburg 12:00
    Arrival in Windhoek 14:00

    27 June 2020
    Departure from Windhoek 14:55
    Arrival in Johannesburg  16:45


Big Five Safari & Panorama Route - Manyeleti Private Game Reserve

23-27 Jun | 5 days | 1 250 EUR

Extend your African adventure and explore more of South Africa. Join us for an exciting safari trip which includes game drives, bush walks and explore the area along the famed Panorama Route. 

Spot the Big Five game and a wealth of bird species as well as other African wildlife. The camp is beautifully situated in the Manyeleti Game Reserve bordering the famed Kruger National Park. Consisting of fifteen stylishly-appointed tents with modern ensuite facilities and private terraces, a pool, bar, lounge and dining area and spacious, lush lawns, the camp provides an authentic African safari experience. 

During our stay in Mantobeni, we will have the opportunity to visit a local community situated beside the reserve that our Mantobeni camp works closely with. This is a great chance to gain insight into the daily lives of the locals. If you are interested in the local community visit, please let the tour leader know in advance.

  • 23 Jun - Travel to Manyeleti Game Reserve and Zip Wire Adventure

    Leave Entabeni. After breakfast, we start our drive to Mantobeni Camp. 

    The 7-hr drive will be broken up with an exhilarating zip wire adventure. Glide through a scenic river valley and enjoy astounding views from the treetops while swaying over a gushing waterfall and rushing river. The activity is suitable for everyone (not only for marathon runners) and includes a photo to bring back as a souvenir.

    There will also be a lunch stop (not included in the price) on the way to the camp. Dinner will be enjoyed at the camp.

    Meals: breakfast and dinner

  • 24 Jun - Game drive and/or bush walk

    After breakfast, we will either go for a game drive or bush walk. In the afternoon after lunch, we set off for another game drive or bush walk and spend the afternoon exploring the bush. 

    Over the next few days, we will experience morning and afternoon safaris and hiking in the beautiful scenery. There is not much that can compare with the spicy morning scents and the special glow over the savannah in the early morning. It is cool and peaceful, and a quiet lull descends upon the savannah when the night’s hunting is over. 

    Afternoon safaris begin late in the day when the sun has cast a warm glow over the landscape. Along the way we can enjoy the sunset. It's a bit of a sensory revelation, when the sky darkens and the stars brighten the bush. The sounds of the savannah fill your ears and the smell of the red soil and the lingering fragrance of the animals clings to your nostrils. 

    Safari vehicles are open-terrain vehicles, and it’s quite an encounter being at such close proximity to a huge elephant, not to mention a lion or rhino. But, fortunately, predators do not consider a car with passengers as food!

    Since it can be quite chilly in the early mornings and late evenings, we provide blankets in the open safari vehicles, but we also recommend that you bring a hat and a windproof jacket or fleece along.

    Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

  • 25 Jun - Panorama Route, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, Blyde River Canyon (subject to weather)

    After breakfast we drive from the camp to the province of Mpumalanga, which means "place where the sun rises". The Panorama Route is true to its name, with magnificent spectacles and a stop at the scenic vantage point "God’s Window", with panorama views of the lowveld savannah that lies 1,000m below the plateau. 

    The route also takes us to Bourke's Luck Potholes, a rocky landscape where water has eroded deep cylindrical holes into the bare rock. Finally, we stop at Blyde River Canyon, which is the world's third largest canyon. We have lunch in an old gold mining town, Pilgrim’s Rest (lunch is not included). We expect to be back in Mantobeni late afternoon, giving you some time to relax before dinner.

    Meals: breakfast and dinner

  • 26 Jun - Game drive and/or bush walk

    After breakfast, we enjoy another day of game drives (morning and afternoon) and experience the bush. There will either be two game drives today or one game drive and a bush walk.  All meals will be enjoyed at the camp.

    Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

  • 27 Jun - Departure

    After breakfast, we head back to Johannesburg. The journey will take approximately seven hours by bus. We’ll stop for lunch and be back in Johannesburg at around 3pm. Lunch is not included in the price. 

    Meals: breakfast

  • Price information

    Per person in a shared double room -  EUR 1250
    Single room supplement - EUR 350


Victoria Falls - The Smoke That Thunders

23-26 Jun | 4 days | 1 850 EUR

Victoria Falls

With a height of 108 meters, a combined width of 1700 meters and picturesque rain forest backdrop, Victoria Falls is an impressive place to spend four days completing your African Adventure.

In the Bantu language it is called “mosi-oa-tunya” – "the smoke that thunders", and that is exactly what Victoria Falls looks like, a huge puff of smoke accompanied by the thunderous sound of the water.

  • 23 June – Transfer to O R Tambo Airport, flight to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

    Leave Entabeni.

    After breakfast, we start our drive to O R Tambo  International Airport where we will check in for our  1 hour 40 minute flight to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.

    On arrival and after clearing customs and immigration you will be transferred to your hotel for the next four days, The Victoria Falls Safari Lodge.

    Situated on a plateau just 4km from the majestic Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, the award-winning Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, surrounded by the wilds of Africa, offers an unforgettable experience. The sunset-facing 72-room Victoria Falls hotel offers endless views of the African bush stretching to the horizon, which includes a waterhole frequented by elephant, buffalo, kudu and other wildlife, as well as a rich variety of birds.

    We offer the Waterhole Facing Room. All rooms are spacious and light, with glass sliding doors opening on to private balconies with unrivalled views of the bushveld at sunset.

    Meals: breakfast

  • 24 June – Tour of the Falls & Sunset Cruise

    After breakfast, we will take a walking tour around the indescribably beautiful Victoria Falls, which spans as far as the eye can see. During the tour, our guide will explain the history of the area and provide information about its location along the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia.

    There is often spray from the waterfall, so it can be a good idea to bring an umbrella or light raincoat. 

    In the afternoon, we will take a sundowner cruise on the Zambezi River upstream from Victoria Falls. From our safe position aboard the boat, we will enjoy a cold drink while on the look-out for crocodiles and hippopotamus. 

    Meals: breakfast 

  • 25 June – Optional Activities

    Today is set aside for you to experience the many activities on offer around Victoria Falls. We offer the optional safari in Botswana’s Chobe National Park. Or you could enjoy a helicopter flight over the falls, go river rafting on the Zambezi or perhaps bungee jump over the falls. There is also the opportunity to experience the falls from the Zambia side.

    Our local representative will be able to assist in booking activities. 

    Meals: breakfast and Boma Dinner Drum show

  • 26 June – Optional Activities, Flight to Johannesburg

    You will have the morning free for any optional activities before your transfer back to Victoria Falls airport and the flight back to Johannesburg, where you will meet your connecting flight home.

    Meals: breakfast

  • Price Includes

    3 nights at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge - Waterhole Facing Room with breakfast

    Roundtrip flights between Johannesburg and Victoria Falls

    Tour of the Falls

    Sundowner Cruise on the Zambezi

    Boma Dinner Drum Show (25 June)

    Roundtrip transfer between the airport and hotel

  • Flight Times

    Flying Comair (British Airways)

    23 June 2020 
    Departure from Johannesburg 11:25
    Arrival in Victoria Falls 13:05

    26 June 2020
    Departure from Victoria Falls 13:55
    Arrival in Johannesburg  15:35

  • Price Excludes

    Visa to Zimbabwe 

    Meals not mentioned in the itinerary

  • Price information

    Waterhole Facing Room
    Per person in a shared double room -  EUR 1850
    Single room supplement - EUR 150

    Optional full day tour to Chobe National Park in Botswana
    Per person including lunch - EUR 150


Cape Town

23-27 Jun | 5 days | 1 250 EUR

Beneath the mountains, including the most famous of them all – Table Mountain, lies the blue frothy waters of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. South Africa’s southern capes mark this oceanic convergence, and during your journey we pay a visit to one of the most famous – Cape Point at The Cape of Good Hope. Other highlights that are sure to whet your whistle include a tour of the Winelands with tastings (of course!) and various highlights throughout Cape Town itself.

  • 23 Jun - Entabeni Safari Conservancy - Flight to Cape Town

    Leave Entabeni. After breakfast, we start our drive to O R Tambo  International Airport where we will check in for our  2-hour flight to Cape Town. In Cape Town, we will be taken to our hotel, Southern Sun Waterfront.

  • 24 Jun - Cape Town - Full day, Cape Point Tour

    Today, we travel along the Atlantic Seaboard via Sea Point, Clifton and Camps Bay, to Hout Bay, a quaint village and fishing harbour with magnificent mountain views and beach.

    Continue via Chapman’s Peak, one of the world’s most breath-taking coastal drives, to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and Cape Point, which is perceived to be the meeting point of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. We also visit historic Simon’s Town, a village with charming Victorian architecture, a naval base and a large penguin colony at the beautiful Boulders Beach. Boulders Penguin Colony is home to a growing colony of the vulnerable African Penguin. Wooden walkways allow visitors to view the penguins in their natural habitat and there is also a new information centre.

    We end the day with a visit to the well-known Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens. The Garden includes five of South Africa’s six different biomes and is world-renowned for the beauty and diversity of the Cape Flora it displays as well as for the magnificence of its setting against the eastern slopes of Table Mountain.

    Meals included: breakfast and lunch

  • 25 Jun - Cape Town and Leisure

    Today, everyone’s free to explore this fabulous city at their own pace. The tourleader will also host a city walk that everyone is welcome to join.

    Meals included: breakfast

  • 26 Jun - Cape Town - Tour of the Winelands (tastings included)

    This morning, we depart for the famous Winelands of The Western Cape, where we will visit several well-known wineries for tours and tastings, while we bask in the beauty of their surroundings. We will also visit Stellenbrau Brewery for craft beer tasting.

    Meals included: breakfast and lunch

  • 27 Jun - Cape Town and Departure

    Depending on your time of departure, you have the morning or day at your leisure for one last chance to enjoy the breathtaking beauty of Cape Town.

    Taxis to the airport are available from the hotel (departure transfer not provided). Please note check-out time is 11 am.

  • Price information

    Per person in a shared double room -  EUR 1250
    Single room supplement - EUR 300


Price information

Have a look at package prices below. Please note that prices do not include the race package.


All prices are per person in EUR.


Legend Safari Resort - SOLD OUT

  • Shared double room EUR 2500
  • Single supplement EUR 800


    Ravineside Lodge - SOLD OUT

    • Shared double room EUR 2200
    • Single supplement EUR 560


    Wildside Tented Camp - SOLD OUT

    • Shared double room EUR 2300
    • Single supplement EUR 560


    Albatros Ranger Camp - SOLD OUT

    • Shared double room EUR 2300
    • Single supplement EUR 560


    Lakeside Lodge - SOLD OUT

    • Shared double room EUR 2400
    • Single supplement EUR 600


        Hanglip Mountain Lodge - SOLD OUT

        • Shared double room EUR 2950
        • Single supplement EUR 980


        Race package: EUR 300

        • Entry to the race
        • Supplies on the route
        • Champion Chip timing
        • Running T-shirt
        • Medal 


        Private transfer: EUR 400 each way

        • If your flight doesn’t match with any of the set group transfers from/to Johannesburg International Airport you can book a private transfer.



        • Hotel accommodation
        • Full board (starting with dinner on day 1 and ending with breakfast on the day of departure) 
        • Scheduled group transfers
        • Game drives according to the itinerary


        • International flights
        • Personal expenses
        • Beverages
        • Race package (EUR 300)
        • Private transfer (EUR 400 one way)
        • Tips for rangers and lodge staff
        • Anything not mentioned in 'Price includes'

        Important Info

        We've put together a list of important information about the trip. Have a look below.

        Age Restrictions - Game Drives & Bush Walks

        Entabeni Safari Conservancy imposes an age restriction on children who may participate in game drives and bush walks. Children under 6 years of age are not permitted on game drives. To participate in bush walks, children must be 12 years of age or older.

        Adults travelling with minors

        The South African Ministry of Home Affairs has introduced new regulations under the Immigration Act whereby from 1 October 2014 passengers travelling with children under the age of 18 years - arriving, transiting and /or departing from South Africa, will be required to produce an unabridged birth certificate indicating the biological parents of the minor. The certificate must be in English and have an Apostille authentication. Please note that it can take several weeks to process this certificate.

        Additional documentation is required for children travelling with only one parent, or adults who are not the biological parents. Full requirements are available from the South African High Commission/Embassy in your area.

        Airlines will be forced to refuse travel to families not in possession of these documents. These new regulations have been implemented to combat child trafficking.

        Room options

        If you are a single traveller and choose a shared double room when booking, we will pair you with another traveller of the same gender. If you prefer to have your own room, choose single room. A single supplement will apply.

        The Big Five Marathon 2020 is sold out!

        You can register to our waiting list and be notified in case of cancellations.

        The Big Five Marathon 2020 is sold out!

        You can register to our waiting list and be notified in case of cancellations.

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        What others thought

        The scenery and wildlife were absolutely fantastic to see and run amongst. Great support from the locals, volunteers, rangers and race officials. Awesome atmosphere.

        2016 Big Five Marathon finisher

        Incredible place to do a marathon!

        Shannon Rahlves,
        2015 Big Five Marathon finisher

        A belated and sincere "big five" thank you to all your team members for making the marathon trip to Entabeni Conservancy a truly memorable lifetime adventure for my daughter and me. Everyone we met was extraordinarily helpful, resourceful, and serviced our every needs. I am a non-runner since 2007 when my physician said those running days are over, but said I can walk as fast and long as I want. So it was so exciting to walk the half-marathon, to meet the many locals, participate with fellow marathoners from countries all around the earth, to be greeted by spectators, cared after by watchful Rangers and to safely walk a trail knowing/ seeing animals in their habitat.  For those who enjoy a day at the zoo, well this is the best way to experience animals. What a killer hill!  Loved it.  What a beautiful day and welcoming finish line!!!  What a party afterward!!!  Loved the safari's and trusted knowledgeable guides.  Thank you all so very much! Can't wait to do another trip.  We truly enjoyed our time and will highly recommend your group to others as the best marathon sponsors worldwide.

        Pete Lind,
        Big Five Marathon 2016, half-marathon finisher