MarathonBig Five

14 Jun 2022 - 21 Jun 2022

Big Five -- Big Five Marathon
Trip duration
14 Jun 2022
21 Jun 2022
18 Jun 2022
01 Apr 2022

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 2022 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

Saturday, 18 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 on your own. After arriving at Johannesburg airport, you will go on your own to hotel Southern Sun O.R. Tambo International Airport. This is located next to the airport.

    Your tour will begin 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 fit your arrival, it is possible to book an individual transfer at an additional cost. Upon 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 from 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 serene surroundings. The Entabeni Game Reserve offers a wide variety of wildlife, open safari vehicles and relatively few tourists, creating an ideal wilderness atmosphere.

    Day two of your stay in Entabeni is dedicated to exploring the game reserve through a game drive and/or a bush walk. We get used to the geography and climate of the park, and we can slowly start preparing ourselves for Saturday's exciting event: The Big Five Marathon. The game drive is included in the itinerary and will take place either in the early morning or late afternoon. A bush walk with an experienced armed ranger is also included on the second day, giving us the chance to get really close to nature and wildlife. Additional game drives and bush walks can be purchased on site. Alternatively, some of your free time can be used for shorter runs outside Entabeni - the tour guide will help organise them. The early morning game drives usually take place between 06:00 and 09:30. During these early hours we will experience the cool morning, spot spectacular wildlife, and most likely 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 starts around 16:00, returning to the lodge in time for dinner around 19:30. Like the morning game drive, the afternoon drive offers great wildlife experiences. In addition, the afternoon drive offers the opportunity to witness a beautiful sunset in an ideal setting: enjoying a cold drink on the savannah, while admiring the changing colours of the darkening night sky. The afternoon drive then turns into a night drive, where we get the chance to spot the fascinating nocturnal wildlife with a spotlight. NOTE: June is winter time in South Africa and while daytime temperatures often rise to 20-25 degrees Celsius, temperatures around 0 degrees Celsius at night are not uncommon! Especially the large drop from day to night temperature makes the evenings and mornings feel extremely cold. It is therefore essential to bring a winter jacket, warm hat and gloves when going on a game drive! In recent years, the game in the reserve has become increasingly accustomed to tourists. It is therefore not unusual to see elephants, giraffes and various species of antelope grazing in the vicinity of the safari vehicles. A pride of lions even stops the traffic now and then, as they lazily lie across the path. We use open 4x4 safari vehicles, which give us an excellent opportunity to view the game in complete safety. During our stay, we are assigned a number of park rangers: one for about every ten participants. The rangers ensure our safety, drive the safari vehicles, provide expert guidance, coordinate events with the game warden, and are at our disposal around the clock. In addition, a tour guide will be with the group from start to finish.

    After breakfast, you will be given a presentation about the trail, followed by an extensive inspection of the trail. There is again a chance that you will encounter the Big Five! After the inspection there is a lunch with all participants. The rest of the day is for 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 picked up at the accommodation and brought to the start of the Big Five Race. The start is at 09.00 hours. Afterwards there is a transfer back to your accommodation.

    On this day, you can recover from all the efforts. The morning is free and in the afternoon a game drive is scheduled. At the end of the afternoon, a big party is organised, the After Marathon Party. This includes a dinner, a prize-giving ceremony and live entertainment.

    The last full day in Entabeni. You can opt for a morning or afternoon safari on the spot and there is also the possibility of taking part in a so-called bush walk (also included). In the evening, you will have your last dinner in your accommodation.

    Unfortunately, it was already the last day in Entabeni. You go by bus to Johannesburg airport for the return flight.

  • 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
    € 2560,00 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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