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Overview

About the Destination:

Home to the five wildest beasts of the Jungle, South Africa is the other name of wilderness, adventure and pristine beauty. These five beasts include Elephant, Lion, Two-horned Rhino, Leopard and Wild Buffalo!

Set amidst lush and deep thickets, the Entabeni Safari Conservancy is the most ideal destination in the country to admire the untouched beauty of South Africa. This animal reserved area is also a befitting destination to spot the above mentioned beasts in their most natural forms. In addition to all these, you can also spot some of the rare and exotic snake, reptiles and avifauna within the vicinity.

Duration of the Tour: 5N/6D

Meal Types: Veg & Non-Veg

Activities: As in all other African private game reserves, The 5 Days Big Five Marathon has a number of game drives in open vehicles are arranged for you to see the animals from close quarters. You can book drives at different times of the day for better probability of animal sighting. Guides will advise you about route and duration of game drives. And Big Five Marathon is the most unique race, being held within the area of the game park. Being a part of this marathon and you will have the experience of a lifetime.

Race Information: You can participate in one of the most tedious races of all, the 5 days Big Five Marathon. The course is through open African savannah, right through the big five wild life land that South Africa is famous for. Apart from testing your endurance you enjoy the thrilling experience of running alongside zebras, antelopes, giraffes and may be dangerous wild life too. Team at Entabeni will guide you about route, course map, appropriate clothing, cut off time, drink stations, medical facilities and so on.

Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Johannesburg – Entabeni (281km – 3 Hours by Road)

    Entabeni Safari Conservancy, Wildlife Safari

    Today marks the first day of your 5 Days Big Five Marathon  Your arrival at Johannesburg International Airport will be followed by you transfer to the Entabeni Safari Conservancy. Transfer timings are scheduled at 0830; 1000; 1200; 1400 and 1600 hours from the airport. In case you need pick up from airport at any other time you have to book separately with additional charge.

    Upon arrival at safari camp, get introduced to your tour leader and following that check-in procedure, get settled within the camp. In case, you arrive early in the camp, you can avail game drives for a safari right into the heart of the park.  

  • Day 2 - Entabeni safari Conservatory

    Route Inspection, lunch, opening of Big Five Marathon

    Day 2 will be spent preparing for the Big Five Marathon. After breakfast all participants of the marathon will be taken to starting venue. This will be preceded by short update about the marathon route examination. Safari vehicles will ferry all participants from starting point along the entire route. You can note the terrain, the hurdles you might face and water posts along the route. This will simplify your actual marathon running. Following this will be a grand lunch buffet spread for all officials, participants, medical officers and camp rangers of the Big Five Marathon. This will be followed by official introduction and detailed presentation about the marathon. 

  • Day 3 - Entabeni safari Conservatory

    The Big Five Marathon

    The much awaited event, the Big Five Marathon will start once all the participants gather at the starting point. From respective lodges and camps you will be transported to the marathon site. Start time is 0900 hours but can vary if any big five game is sighted in the conservatory. Start time will be delayed till the animals move away from the marathon route; no game drives are scheduled for day 3.

  • Day 4 - Entabeni Safari Conservatory

    Safari, Game drive, Post Marathon Celebrations

    The morning will be at complete leisure! Come afternoon, you can embark on a game drive and enjoy enthralling views of the wildlife around. The ideal time and setting for big five sighting will be indicated by vastly experienced guides and rangers of Entabeni; you can also purchase extra tours and safaris during the day.

    Following this, there is an exciting party organised at the closing of Big Five Marathon in traditional setting. Prizes will be given away here and live music, entertainment and bonfire add to the charm.  

  • Day 5 - Entabeni Safari Conservatory

    Morning Game Drive, Animal Sighting

    Day 5 is entirely for enjoying the nature and wild life at Entabeni Safari Conservatory. You can take a safari drive in the morning or afternoon as the rangers will inform about possibility of big five wildlife sighting. You can also opt for long bush walk with armed ranger from the conservatory who will escort you and share with you all his knowledge of African wild life. Day will end with grand farewell feast organised at each lodge and camp site.   

  • Day 6 - Transfer from Entabeni Safari Conservancy to Johannesburg

    Tour Ends Here

    Today morning, you will be leaving the conservancy and return to Johannesburg. With your arrival at the city’s airport, this exciting tour of  5 Days Big Five Marathon will come to an end. 

Other Inclusions

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

Things To Carry

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  • Enough fresh pairs of clothing to last the tour.
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  • Toiletries
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  • Sunglasses and sunscreen lotion
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  • Basic medicines and first aid items
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  • Light woollens
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  • Camera (preferably with wide angle lenses)
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  • Running gear with proper running shoes

Advisory

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  • Before you embark on a tour, please read about Big Five Marathon and the dos and don’ts of this place.
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  • If the tour is cancelled by the authority, full refund will be made to the applicants.
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  • The schedule may see some changes in between due to conditions beyond our control, like delay in flight etc.
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  • Participants should report timely at the pick-up point.
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  • Rest rooms may not be available everywhere.
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  • Arrangements could be basic at times.
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  • Authority won’t be responsible for the loss of any belongings.
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  • Security is the main concern! Do follow and abide by the itinerary strictly.

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