MarathonBig Five

13 Jun 2023 - 21 Jun 2023

Big Five -- Big Five Marathon
Trip duration
13 Jun 2023
21 Jun 2023
17 Jun 2022
01 May 2023

The race
Big Five Marathon slide
Big Five Marathon slide
Big Five Marathon slide
Big Five Marathon slide

The combination of a classic African safari with a demanding marathon. This is exactly what the Big Five Marathon stands for. When you run through the African savannah, your biggest supporters are the wild animals of Africa, which you will not overlook during the marathon. Running through one of Africa's most spectacular game reserves is definitely a unique experience. This marathon is booked as an exclusive event with a small number of participants.

Registration Big Five Marathon 2023 offers you a package with a guaranteed runner’s bib and accommodation. Furthermore, we offer the possibility that family members or friends can travel with you as companions and together you can enjoy this event.

Take a look at our packages. We ensure that during your stay in South Africa everything is arranged down to the last detail so that the athlete can fully devote himself or herself to the run. Whether individually or with a running group, with us you run around the world!

Book now directly and secure your entry with guaranteed participation!

  • Flights can be added upon request
  • We would be glad to put together a tailor made running trip for you
  • Part of a running group? Then we would be pleased to offer you a personalized package with group discount! Contact us for the options

Event details

Friday, 17 June 2022
Start time
Start location
Mookgophong, South Africa
Finish location
Mookgophong, South Africa
Expo location
Entabeni Safari Conservancy, Haakdoring Rd, Mokopane, Sterkrivier, 0600, South Africa
Time limit
Dry and between 15 and 25 degrees during the event. The nights are cold (can even be around freezing)

The course runs on both sand and asphalt roads (80% sand). The course is tough and hilly. Halfway through, the course includes a steep descent and a steep ascent. Along the way, you can spot many wild animals such as lions, elephants, etc.

T-Shirt and medal

The map below shows the locations of the start & finish, our hotels of choice and the expo location. Underneath the map, there are two buttons which show the course and elevation maps of the event.

  • Trip schedule

    You will fly to Johannesburg today and transfer to your airport hotel on your own.

    Your tour will start and end at Johannesburg International Airport (also known as OR Tambo). All participants will be transferred from the airport to Entabeni Game Reserve at set transfer times. The set transfer departure times from the airport are: 08:30, 10:00, 12:00, 14:00 and 16:00. If none of these transfers suit your arrival, it is possible to book an individual transfer at an additional cost. On arrival in Entabeni, you will meet your tour guide and be checked into your lodge/camp. Participants arriving on one of the first three transfers (departing Johannesburg International Airport at 08:30, 10:00 & 12:00) will have the opportunity to go on the first of several exciting game drives. The game drives offer the opportunity to experience an authentic African safari in a serene environment. The Entabeni Game Reserve offers a wide variety of wildlife, open safari vehicles and relatively few tourists, creating an ideal wilderness atmosphere.

    In recent years, wildlife in the reserve has become increasingly accustomed to tourists. Consequently, it is not uncommon to see elephants, giraffes and various species of antelope grazing near the safari vehicles. A pride of lions even occasionally hold up traffic as they lie lazily across the path. We use open 4x4 safari vehicles, which give us an excellent opportunity to view the wildlife in complete safety. During our stay, we are assigned a number of park rangers: one for about every 10 participants. The rangers will ensure our safety, drive the safari vehicles, provide expert guidance, coordinate events with the game warden, and be at our disposal around the clock. In addition, a tour guide will be with the group from start to finish.

    After breakfast, you will have a presentation on the trail, followed by an extensive inspection of the trail. Once again, there is a chance you may encounter the Big Five! After the inspection, there will be a lunch with all participants. During this lunch there will also be explanations about the event, The rest of the day is at leisure. Dinner is included.

    The big day! Today, the Big Five Marathon or Half Marathon is on the programme. After an early breakfast, you will be collected from the accommodation and taken to the start of the Big Five Race. The start is at 09:00. Afterwards, transfer back to your accommodation.

    You can recover from all your efforts on this day. The morning is free and a game drive is scheduled in the afternoon. At the end of the afternoon, a big party will be organised, the After Marathon Party. This will include a dinner, awards ceremony and live entertainment.

    The last full day in Entabeni. You can choose a morning or afternoon safari on site, and there is also the option of taking part in a so-called bush walk (also included). In the evening follows the last dinner at your accommodation.

    Unfortunate already the last day in Entabeni. Transfer to the airport is included.

    Arrival at your home destination. We hope you a had a great trip!

  • Transport

    We do not offer transport for this arrangement by default. However, we do offer the option to book flights with us. Prices will vary if you choose to make use of our service.

  • Accomodation
    Legend Golf & Safari Resort
    € 2900,00 per person

    Located in the middle of the Entabeni Safari Conservancy you can find the Legend Golf & Safari Resort. This accommodation is surrounded by the wildlife on the savannahs outside the residence. From the boutique lodges you have a beautiful view over the iconic Hanglip Mountain and the Waterberg Mountains. Especially the sunset is from here a beautiful and unforgettable sight. Because of its beautiful location, the Legend Golf & Safari Resort is an excellent place to escape from everyday life for a while.

    The luxurious lodges are equipped with air conditioning, a 38-inch plasma TV, a private en-suite bathroom and coffee and tea making facilities. In addition, the rooms are also equipped with a personal safe. The resort has several lounges, bars and à la carte restaurants. The lodges are surrounded by beautiful gardens and fishing ponds, making a leisurely stroll around the grounds an activity in itself. Participants who want to be active before or after the Big Five Marathon or Half Marathon can make use of the gym facilities.

  • About Big Five

    The Entabeni Safari Conservancy is located in South Africa, about a three-hour drive from Johannesburg. This reserve, known for its beautiful and untouched nature, is home to many species of wildlife. These include the legendary Big Five. The sight of these wild animals is an unforgettable experience, which can often be experienced on one of the safaris through Entabeni. During a stay in one of the lodges that are built in the reserve, you will be dreaming under the sound of the different animal species. An unforgettable experience in South Africa awaits you!

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Monday 01 May

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They're great, nothing is too much to ask

score: 9 / 10 Marcel st Nicolaas
Contact is always good and questions are answered quickly

score: 10 / 10 Peter Spruit
Large offer! Super cool tour guides with running experience and good energy!

score: 10 / 10 Vincent
Definitely recommended to travel with this "club"

score: 7 / 10 Dammer
Just doing what they promise. GREAT!

score: 10 / 10 Barend
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