26 January – 3 February 2018 – 9 days
40 participants max.
5 stages race
50km combined / Walk or Run
100km combined / Run only
Difficulty: simple
Individual price 2590€

Justo Mitieng

Conseiller trail

Kényan, je vous invite dans mon pays pour ce safari running ! Comptez sur moi pour vous faire découvrir le meilleur du Kenya.
Je m’occupe de la partie solidaire sur le Kimbia Kenya avec mon association France Kenya Sport Solidarité, nous échangeons avec les écoles et les communautés tout au long de l’année.
Et mettons en place les actions solidaires : choix des actions, préparation et suivi ainsi que financement. 

Testimonials

Mame Bodian

“Une belle aventure humaine et sportive qui a rempli à jamais nos cœurs et nos mémoires de belles émotions!”

Christophe Stiernemann

“J’ai aimé … j’ai aimé le vent chaud.. les départs matinaux…nos chants dans le bus…
les rires et chansons des enfants…les regards des kényans, il y aurait beaucoup à dire sur la façon de nous regarder…les couchers de soleil … la lune sur le lac le dernier soir…le dévouement simple et efficace de toute cette équipe, j’ai aimé aimer le Kenya … prendre le pouls de cette terre qui bat. j’ai aimé les femmes qui comme souvent en Afrique sont la colonne vertébrale de ce pays…”

Muriel Guillouet

“Absolutely fabulous ! Kimbia Kenya, c’est le rêve devenu réalité…. C’est la course à pied dans un monde sauvage, c’est l’accueil d’une population accueillante, attachante et reconnaissante, c’est le bonheur complet. Attention, ça coupe le souffle….
Immense merci à tout le staff si attentionné pour toute cette organisation.”

Jean Michel Thebaud

“Kimbia Kenya c’est beaucoup de larmes… larmes de souffrance (très rarement)… larmes de joie pour le défi sportif… larmes d’émotion pour les rencontres…
Kimbia Kenya c’est beaucoup de sourires… des milliers de sourires d’enfants en remerciements de notre l’action solidaire.
Kimbia Kenya c’est surtout des milliers de regards… regards vers la nature… regards croisés chargés d’émotion.
Merci… merci pour l’idée… et merci pour la réalisation”

This trail started with a simple idea: to discover Kenya! Five years ago, this project germinated in the heads of Justo Mitieng, a Kenyan who lives in France and his friend Gregory Brussot, director of the agency Exaequo. Since then, Kimbia Kenya has grown, more than 250 participants tread upon the Kenyan tracks, a real success for this project which has always kept its spirit of departure over years: discovery, sharing and trail running..

Accessible by race or on foot (for the 50 km only), the adventure allows everyone to find his/her own pace. Each stage of the itinerary permits to discover many facets of the region located in the northwest of Nairobi.

Kimbia Kenya is also an eco-solidarity project. All stages leave, cross or arrive in a school. Two principles define this eco-solidarity project: logistical and material support to these schools and the organization of exchange and sharing moments between participants and the local population, especially with children of the schools.

There are also tourist activities organized during the afternoons for those who still have enough energy after the morning races in order to discover the region of Navaisha, located in the heart of the Rift Valley.

« Return to the roots, in the footsteps of runners of the highlands »

The race will take you around the Lake Elementaita, the smallest lake in the Rift Valley (18km2), classified as a Ramsar site since 2005 and famous worldwide by birds’ lovers. It hosts thousands of pelicans and flamingos. The first stage is ideal to get into the swing to things and acclimatize to the racing conditions in Kenya (altitude and temperature). The track is quite rolling without real D+, with race tracks designed without technical difficulties.

A new stage since 2016, the Gilgil stage is an absolute immersion into the Kenyan life with a departure in single-track trails. Then you will cross fields where you can meet many workers and farmers who will cheer you like a star! To finish, you will cross the village of Gilgil in a certain turmoil when runners are getting close to the finish line.

For the third stage, the finish line is located in the very picturesque village of Eburru in altitude which culminates at more than 2400m. This is probably the most difficult stage, but the support and the warm welcome of children will help you to surpass yourself.

During the fourth stage, Kimbia Kenya will pass through Crescent Island. The shores host abundant birdlife including pelicans, cormorants and fish-eagles. There are more animals per acre than any other Kenyan Parks. Hence, many films have been filmed on the Island such as ‘Out of Africa’ to capture incredible images of the herds of Wildebeests, Waterbuck, Zebra and Gazelle.

Hell’s Gate, the must-see! The fifth stage offers a captivating natural park with geysers and two volcanoes Olkaria and Hobley, currently extinct. Here as well, many animals can be observed.

DAY 1 : FRIDAY
Departure from Paris on Friday morning
Arrival in Nairobi Friday evening around 22h00

DAY 2 : SATURDAY
Breakfast at the hotel
Transfer by bus to Naivasha and the Elementaita Lodge
Briefing followed by lunch at the lodge
Afternoon: Relaxation and acclimatization + leisure activity
Dinner,Night at the lodge

DAY 3 : SUNDAY
8h30 : First stage « Elementaita Lake» – 16km & 9km (Departure from the lodge – no transfer needed) Tasha and the Elementaita Lodge
12h30: Breakfast at the lodge
Afternoon: leisure activities and/or eco-solidarity
Evening: Nocturnal Safari on foot at the Star moon Light Safari & Night at the lodge

DAY 4 : MONDAY
7h00 : Transfer of runners to the race site
8h30 : Second stage «Gilgi » – 20km & 10km
Afternoon: Leisure activities and/or eco-solidarity
Night at the lodge

DAY 5 : TUESDAY
8h30 : Third stage «Eburru» – 17km & 11km
Breakfast at the Eburru school
Activities and exchanges with schoolchilds of Eburru
Transfer of the runners to the second accommodation site, Fish Eagle Lodge
Dinner, Night at the lodge

DAY 6 : WEDNESDAY
Discovery day « Immersion in Maasai territory »
Dinner, Night at the lodge

DAY 7 : THURSDAY
7h30 : Transfer of runners to the race site
8h00 : Fourth stage “Crescent Island”
12h00: Lunch at Crescent Island
Afternoon: leisure activities at Crescent Island
Dinner, Night at the lodge

DAY 8 : FRIDAY
7h30 : Transfer of runners to the race site
8h00 : Fifth stage « Hell’s Gate National Park » – 20km & 10km
12h30 : Breakfast at the lodge Fish Eagle Lodge
Afternoon: Leisure activities and/or eco-solidarity
Dinner, festive evening (barbecue), Night at the lodge

DAY 9 : SATURDAY
8h : Trekking to the Mount Longonot or visit of the rose factory (visit limited to 10p.)
Lunch at the lodge Fish Eagle Lodge
Afternoon: eco-solidarity activities
Transfer to the airport
Checking and boarding

Run for Kenyan Schools…

In Kenya, the government has turned the education compulsory up to 14 years old. However, many families, especially in rural areas cannot afford to send their children to school and schools lack means.

By helping Kenyan schoolchild, we help their family and community to finance school fees but also to purchase uniforms, desks and textbooks which cannot always be financed by the State.

Thus, the eco-solidarity program of Kimbia Kenya aims to support education in Kenya: we give a helping hand to different schools located around five sites which host the race stages. It is a long-term run support based on the specific needs of the schools, in coordination with the principal of the school and the Parents-Teachers’ Association. After five editions, we are glad to see children who have now access to water to drink or wash their hands, textbooks to study… We hope that our action will also boost children to pursue their studies as long as possible.

HOW CAN YOU HELP US ?

The support of France Kenya Sport Solidarity and the support of the participants of Kimbia Kenya to these schools is made through:

Funds collected through race registrations (50 euros per participant are donated to the program) which will allow us to purchase various equipment, textbooks and supplies for the schools.

The donation of educational material (books, pencils, toys, balloons…), sports clothes or any children clothes you no longer use. They will be given to the director of each school who will organize a fair distribution between children.

You can collect funds from your personal and professional entourage. Each year, more than 3,000 euros are collected on the online platform and by participants.

On site, participants of Kimbia Kenya will be able to participate in the renovation of schools during a half day with the help of parents and children.

Everything is made to encourage exchanges between the participants of Kimbia Kenya and children in order to share and learn from each other’s culture.

Kimbia Kenya is a solidarity race that will allow you to discover a colorful country and a wonderful region in the heart of the Rift Valley. Whether during trials or touristic activities, be prepared to be amazed!

The region of Naivasha offers a variety of landscapes and colors that you will be able to enjoy before, during and after the race. From the Rift Valley to the shores of Naivasha and Elementaita Lakes, passing through Longonot and MauSuswa, you will have the opportunity to admire many different sites offering splendid panoramas of the surrounding flora.

Concerning the wildlife, you will have plenty occasions to be astonished because most of the stages pass through animal sanctuaries and national parks where live a multitude of wild animals: zebras, buffaloes, monkeys, wildebeest, impalas, waterbucks, pink flamingos, pelicans and so on.

The highlight of this trail remains the human dimension through the symbiosis of the group and the exchanges with the welcoming and smiling local population. Participants from previous editions of Kimbia Kenya were affected deeply by the happy encounters with volunteers, mamas, children, teachers and farmers that encouraged them along the race. Many times, looks and smiles said a lot about this unique sharing experience.

Enjoy these extraordinary encounters and these moments of timeless exchanges which will remain engraved in your memory for a long time.

Here some example of activities that will be proposed to you and your companion during your stay:

TOURIST ACTIVITIES

  • Meet the local population in the villages: visit inhabitants’ homes or tasting of a typical dish of grilled fish and ugali that you will eat with your fingers, like a real Kenyan.
  • Discover the hot springs of the Elementaita lake or chill around the lodges’ pools.
  • Visit of Nairobi: wander in the Maasai market to buy souvenirs, visit the Giraffe Center where you can feed giraffes

SPORTING ACTIVITIES :

  • Trekking on the Mount Longonot (2700 m altitude)
  • Hiking with a Maasai Warrior
  • Football games, volleyball and athletic challenges with school children

CULTURAL ACTIVITIES :

  • Cooking workshop to learn how to cook in the Kenyan way
  • Flora and herbalism
  • Dances and customs of the Kenyan tribes (Maasai, Kikuyu…)

ECO-SOLIDARITY :

  • Encounters with school children (games, learning of few words of French and Swahili…)
  • Renovation of a classroom with parents of school children

These examples are given as an indication on the basis of the 2017 program.

The precise eco-solidarity program for Kimbia Kenya 2018 will be communicated by the end of 2017, once the specific needs of the schools identified.

Race Organisation

Markings will be done in the eve of the races using stakes, biodegradable soil bombs and/or ribbons attached in the vegetation. Three or four staff members will also be positioned alongside the race, especially at the front and back, in order to guide participants and ensure the safety of the group. A route map is given to every runner, even though it remains unlikely to get lost!

Provisions of water and fruits (dried and fresh fruits) will be available on the finish line. Participants will have to come with gourds (attached to belts) or camelbacks which they will have to fill with water at the start of the races. It is also highly advisable to bring gels and/or energy bars.

A medical team, including an ambulance, a doctor and all the first aid medical equipment necessary to the organization of a race in competition will be set up on every stage.

Travel

The organization also manages the trip for all participants from Paris to the final destination Nairobi, with the exception of foreign residents who would like to travel to Nairobi by their own means from their country of residence. If you find yourself in this situation, please contact us at: contact@exaequovoyages.com

Accommodation

Upon arrival in Kenya after 8 hours of flight, you will spend your first night in a comfortable hotel in Nairobi. Then, you will be accommodated in two different lodges:

  • The first three nights at the Elementaita Lodge
  • The last 4 nights at Fish Eagle Hotel.

The organisation proposes two different formulas for your accommodation:

A campsite formula, this is also the spirit of Kimbia Kenya

Spacious tents for two persons are installed in the camping areas of the lodges where we stay. For participants coming alone, the organization will assign you a partner of the same sex. The organization provides the mattresses but you must bring a sleeping bag, a fitted sheet for a person and a pillow if needed. The sanitary facilities are rudimentary but correct. The sunshine quasi pretty much permanent makes the camping experience pleasant and cold showers enjoyable!

A cottage formula for comfort lovers!

This formula is offered with a supplement of 390€ per person. Due to low capacity, this offer is only available for 10 lodges, that is to say 20 people.

Catering

You will find all you need in terms of catering between flavors, local specialties and food adapted to the practice of the effort. Everything is prepared in the lodges. Some meals will be taken outside, especially in villages to allow participants to be closer to the life of communities and appreciate their ‘culinary habits’. Without doubt, you will be pleasantly surprised by the quality of the Kenyan cuisine.

Visas and Passport

Once you enter Kenya, your passport must be valid for a minimum of 6 months and have two blank pages for the visa stamp application. A visa is required to enter Kenyan territory. Make sure you have about 50€ or 60USD with you (price 2017).

Vaccines and Medical Recommandations

The yellow fever vaccine is not compulsory but strongly recommended ( at least 10 days before departure). Anti-malarial treatment must be anticipated. Our advice: ATOVAQUONE – PROGUANIL (MALARONE). An effective anti-mosquito is necessary. Our advice: INSECT ECRAN

Anticipate your vaccinations because some vaccines can be done by your doctor but others, such as the yellow fever, have to be done at an approved vaccination center. Please, find more information about vaccines and medical recommendation on the Institute Pasteur Website: http://www.pasteur.fr/ip/easysite/pasteur/fr/sante/centre-medical/vaccinations-internationales-medecine-des-voyages/02kenya

Money

The local currency is the Kenyan Shilling (1€ = 110 KSH, February 2017).  Payment can also be made in US dollars, more rarely in euros. Currency exchange offices and distributors can be found at Nairobi Airport. Plan to withdraw a sum between 100 to 200€ in KSH which will allow you to pay your consumptions in the hotels and your on-site purchases (souvenirs…).

Communicate from Kenya

Mobile phones work with the International option but it is very expensive. The code to call someone in Kenya from abroad is the 254. Locally, the access to the Internet is difficult and via smartphones, highly expensive. Tell your friends and family that you will be hardly reachable by e-mail.

Luggage

In the baggage hold, you are entitled to 1 suitcase (max: height + length + width = 158cm) of 23kg. Beyond these standards, you will have to pay an extra charge. In the cabin, you are allowed to 1 standard luggage with the following dimensions: 55cm x 35cm x 25cm – pockets, wheels and handles included. One accessory is also authorized (handbag, laptop, camera…), maximum weight: 12km.

Clothes and Accessories

In addition to your running equipment, you should bring:

  • Cap or Hat
  • Shorts & T-shirts
  • Swimsuit. Towels can be provided at the campsite
  • Sunscreen
  • Long sleeved clothes / light colored pants to wear at night in order to repulse mosquitos
  • Rain and fleece clothing – It can be cold at night
  • A pair of closed shoes and a pair of open shoes
  • Light backpack for excursions
  • A pair of sunglasses
  • A sleeping bag and a single person bed sheet
  • Your toilet kit and a towel
  • An English adapter (UK plugs)

Reminder : all participants must have a camelback water bag 1.5l or a hydro belt (with water bottles).

Even if the organization has a medical service, you can bring a first aid kit (antibiotic, aspirin, dressings, disinfectant and healing sprays for slight injuries).

The total number of participants in 2018 is limited to 60 competitors. You can register between the 18th April 2017 to the 30th November 2017 (if bibs still available). No registration will be done after November 30th, 2017.

The individual price is fixed at 2590 euros over the period.

Please note that some touristic activities will be optional with an additional cost for a maximum of 150€.

An extra cost of 390€ per person for those who wish to sleep in cottage during the whole stay (20 places maximum).

Participants will also have to pay enrollment and online payment fees which represents 1,5% of the total cost of the stay.

Group Rate

You can benefit from a group discount:

  • 5% starting from 5 people (2460€ per person, excluding online payment fees)
  • 10% starting from 10 people (2350€ per person, excluding online payment fees)

The Registration includes:

  • The round-trip Paris-Nairobi (stopover possible at Amsterdam)
  • Daily shuttles by bus to transport participants to the lodges, the departure lines, return to the camps, as well as tourist excursions
  • 3* hotel in twin room (2 single beds) or double room (1 double bed for couples) for the first night in Nairobi
  • The accommodation in campsite (seven nights), mattress included or cottage if you choose the option
  • Catering for the entire stay, except drinks (water included) during meals
  • Provisions (water, fruits) during races
  • Medical assistance during the race and the entire stay
  • A medal for every participant
  • The event t-shirt
  • A payout of 50€ per participant to the solidarity program
  • A video about 5′ (sent with a link about a month after the race)
  • The technical staff (about 20 people) for the organization of the race, tourist activities and solidarity program.

The Registration does not include some optional touristic activities :

  •  A trekking in the Longonot Mount (about 40€)
  • A safari by horse at the Sanctuary Farm (about 30€)

The registration fee is the same for accompanying persons, who will benefit from all the services listed above. Accompanying persons are allowed to walk on the 10km course.

As the total number of participants is limited, the organization will retain files according to the places available and will accept only complete applications before November 30th 2017.

Possibility to pay in 2 times before the 30th November 2017 (online and secure payment):

  • 1st bank transfer / deposit of 800 euros + online payment fees (fully paid at the time of the registration with the complete administrative file)
  • 2nd bank transfer / balance to be made between the November 30th 2017 and December 15th 2017 (following an email sent by the organization)

Documents to be sent to the organization to confirm your registration:

  • The photocopy of your valid passport (must be valid during 6 months after the entry on the Kenyan territory (3rd February 2018).
  • 1 ID photo (scan of an ID photo or photo taken with a phone are authorized)
  • A medical certificate dating from April 2017, at the latest, of non-contraindication to the sport in competition (optional for walkers or the accompanying person).
  • Your attestation of repatriation insurance is compulsory

The cancellation conditions (in accordance with the article 5 of general terms and conditions of sale).

Cancellations of reservations and requests for refunds must be made by registered letter to: Exaequo-Communication – 85 rue de l’avenir, 14790 VERSON.

Refunds price scales are as follow:

  • 100€ will be retained for application fees in case of desistance before the 30/07/2017
  • 10% of the total fees will be withhold in case of desistance between the 1/08/2017 and the 30/11/2017
  • 30% of the total fees will be withhold in case of desistance between the 1/12/2017 and the 25/01/2017
  • After the 25/01/2018 at midnight, no refund request will be accepted.

These costs correspond to the advance payments made by Exaequo Communication for the preparation of the trip.

Exaequo Communication strongly recommends participants to subscribe to a cancellation insurance or personal insurance with the insurer of their choice.

THE RACE

This trail started with a simple idea: to discover Kenya! Five years ago, this project germinated in the heads of Justo Mitieng, a Kenyan who lives in France and his friend Gregory Brussot, director of the agency Exaequo. Since then, Kimbia Kenya has grown, more than 250 participants tread upon the Kenyan tracks, a real success for this project which has always kept its spirit of departure over years: discovery, sharing and trail running..

Accessible by race or on foot (for the 50 km only), the adventure allows everyone to find his/her own pace. Each stage of the itinerary permits to discover many facets of the region located in the northwest of Nairobi.

Kimbia Kenya is also an eco-solidarity project. All stages leave, cross or arrive in a school. Two principles define this eco-solidarity project: logistical and material support to these schools and the organization of exchange and sharing moments between participants and the local population, especially with children of the schools.

There are also tourist activities organized during the afternoons for those who still have enough energy after the morning races in order to discover the region of Navaisha, located in the heart of the Rift Valley.

« Return to the roots, in the footsteps of runners of the highlands »

The race will take you around the Lake Elementaita, the smallest lake in the Rift Valley (18km2), classified as a Ramsar site since 2005 and famous worldwide by birds’ lovers. It hosts thousands of pelicans and flamingos. The first stage is ideal to get into the swing to things and acclimatize to the racing conditions in Kenya (altitude and temperature). The track is quite rolling without real D+, with race tracks designed without technical difficulties.

A new stage since 2016, the Gilgil stage is an absolute immersion into the Kenyan life with a departure in single-track trails. Then you will cross fields where you can meet many workers and farmers who will cheer you like a star! To finish, you will cross the village of Gilgil in a certain turmoil when runners are getting close to the finish line.

For the third stage, the finish line is located in the very picturesque village of Eburru in altitude which culminates at more than 2400m. This is probably the most difficult stage, but the support and the warm welcome of children will help you to surpass yourself.

During the fourth stage, Kimbia Kenya will pass through Crescent Island. The shores host abundant birdlife including pelicans, cormorants and fish-eagles. There are more animals per acre than any other Kenyan Parks. Hence, many films have been filmed on the Island such as ‘Out of Africa’ to capture incredible images of the herds of Wildebeests, Waterbuck, Zebra and Gazelle.

Hell’s Gate, the must-see! The fifth stage offers a captivating natural park with geysers and two volcanoes Olkaria and Hobley, currently extinct. Here as well, many animals can be observed.

THE PROGRAM

DAY 1 : FRIDAY
Departure from Paris on Friday morning
Arrival in Nairobi Friday evening around 22h00

DAY 2 : SATURDAY
Breakfast at the hotel
Transfer by bus to Naivasha and the Elementaita Lodge
Briefing followed by lunch at the lodge
Afternoon: Relaxation and acclimatization + leisure activity
Dinner,Night at the lodge

DAY 3 : SUNDAY
8h30 : First stage « Elementaita Lake» – 16km & 9km (Departure from the lodge – no transfer needed) Tasha and the Elementaita Lodge
12h30: Breakfast at the lodge
Afternoon: leisure activities and/or eco-solidarity
Evening: Nocturnal Safari on foot at the Star moon Light Safari & Night at the lodge

DAY 4 : MONDAY
7h00 : Transfer of runners to the race site
8h30 : Second stage «Gilgi » – 20km & 10km
Afternoon: Leisure activities and/or eco-solidarity
Night at the lodge

DAY 5 : TUESDAY
8h30 : Third stage «Eburru» – 17km & 11km
Breakfast at the Eburru school
Activities and exchanges with schoolchilds of Eburru
Transfer of the runners to the second accommodation site, Fish Eagle Lodge
Dinner, Night at the lodge

DAY 6 : WEDNESDAY
Discovery day « Immersion in Maasai territory »
Dinner, Night at the lodge

DAY 7 : THURSDAY
7h30 : Transfer of runners to the race site
8h00 : Fourth stage “Crescent Island”
12h00: Lunch at Crescent Island
Afternoon: leisure activities at Crescent Island
Dinner, Night at the lodge

DAY 8 : FRIDAY
7h30 : Transfer of runners to the race site
8h00 : Fifth stage « Hell’s Gate National Park » – 20km & 10km
12h30 : Breakfast at the lodge Fish Eagle Lodge
Afternoon: Leisure activities and/or eco-solidarity
Dinner, festive evening (barbecue), Night at the lodge

DAY 9 : SATURDAY
8h : Trekking to the Mount Longonot or visit of the rose factory (visit limited to 10p.)
Lunch at the lodge Fish Eagle Lodge
Afternoon: eco-solidarity activities
Transfer to the airport
Checking and boarding

THE ECO-SOLIDARITY PROJECT

Run for Kenyan Schools…

In Kenya, the government has turned the education compulsory up to 14 years old. However, many families, especially in rural areas cannot afford to send their children to school and schools lack means.

By helping Kenyan schoolchild, we help their family and community to finance school fees but also to purchase uniforms, desks and textbooks which cannot always be financed by the State.

Thus, the eco-solidarity program of Kimbia Kenya aims to support education in Kenya: we give a helping hand to different schools located around five sites which host the race stages. It is a long-term run support based on the specific needs of the schools, in coordination with the principal of the school and the Parents-Teachers’ Association. After five editions, we are glad to see children who have now access to water to drink or wash their hands, textbooks to study… We hope that our action will also boost children to pursue their studies as long as possible.

HOW CAN YOU HELP US ?

The support of France Kenya Sport Solidarity and the support of the participants of Kimbia Kenya to these schools is made through:

Funds collected through race registrations (50 euros per participant are donated to the program) which will allow us to purchase various equipment, textbooks and supplies for the schools.

The donation of educational material (books, pencils, toys, balloons…), sports clothes or any children clothes you no longer use. They will be given to the director of each school who will organize a fair distribution between children.

You can collect funds from your personal and professional entourage. Each year, more than 3,000 euros are collected on the online platform and by participants.

On site, participants of Kimbia Kenya will be able to participate in the renovation of schools during a half day with the help of parents and children.

Everything is made to encourage exchanges between the participants of Kimbia Kenya and children in order to share and learn from each other’s culture.

TOURIST ACTIVITIES

Kimbia Kenya is a solidarity race that will allow you to discover a colorful country and a wonderful region in the heart of the Rift Valley. Whether during trials or touristic activities, be prepared to be amazed!

The region of Naivasha offers a variety of landscapes and colors that you will be able to enjoy before, during and after the race. From the Rift Valley to the shores of Naivasha and Elementaita Lakes, passing through Longonot and MauSuswa, you will have the opportunity to admire many different sites offering splendid panoramas of the surrounding flora.

Concerning the wildlife, you will have plenty occasions to be astonished because most of the stages pass through animal sanctuaries and national parks where live a multitude of wild animals: zebras, buffaloes, monkeys, wildebeest, impalas, waterbucks, pink flamingos, pelicans and so on.

The highlight of this trail remains the human dimension through the symbiosis of the group and the exchanges with the welcoming and smiling local population. Participants from previous editions of Kimbia Kenya were affected deeply by the happy encounters with volunteers, mamas, children, teachers and farmers that encouraged them along the race. Many times, looks and smiles said a lot about this unique sharing experience.

Enjoy these extraordinary encounters and these moments of timeless exchanges which will remain engraved in your memory for a long time.

Here some example of activities that will be proposed to you and your companion during your stay:

TOURIST ACTIVITIES

  • Meet the local population in the villages: visit inhabitants’ homes or tasting of a typical dish of grilled fish and ugali that you will eat with your fingers, like a real Kenyan.
  • Discover the hot springs of the Elementaita lake or chill around the lodges’ pools.
  • Visit of Nairobi: wander in the Maasai market to buy souvenirs, visit the Giraffe Center where you can feed giraffes

SPORTING ACTIVITIES :

  • Trekking on the Mount Longonot (2700 m altitude)
  • Hiking with a Maasai Warrior
  • Football games, volleyball and athletic challenges with school children

CULTURAL ACTIVITIES :

  • Cooking workshop to learn how to cook in the Kenyan way
  • Flora and herbalism
  • Dances and customs of the Kenyan tribes (Maasai, Kikuyu…)

ECO-SOLIDARITY :

  • Encounters with school children (games, learning of few words of French and Swahili…)
  • Renovation of a classroom with parents of school children

These examples are given as an indication on the basis of the 2017 program.

The precise eco-solidarity program for Kimbia Kenya 2018 will be communicated by the end of 2017, once the specific needs of the schools identified.

PRACTICAL INFO

Race Organisation

Markings will be done in the eve of the races using stakes, biodegradable soil bombs and/or ribbons attached in the vegetation. Three or four staff members will also be positioned alongside the race, especially at the front and back, in order to guide participants and ensure the safety of the group. A route map is given to every runner, even though it remains unlikely to get lost!

Provisions of water and fruits (dried and fresh fruits) will be available on the finish line. Participants will have to come with gourds (attached to belts) or camelbacks which they will have to fill with water at the start of the races. It is also highly advisable to bring gels and/or energy bars.

A medical team, including an ambulance, a doctor and all the first aid medical equipment necessary to the organization of a race in competition will be set up on every stage.

Travel

The organization also manages the trip for all participants from Paris to the final destination Nairobi, with the exception of foreign residents who would like to travel to Nairobi by their own means from their country of residence. If you find yourself in this situation, please contact us at: contact@exaequovoyages.com

Accommodation

Upon arrival in Kenya after 8 hours of flight, you will spend your first night in a comfortable hotel in Nairobi. Then, you will be accommodated in two different lodges:

  • The first three nights at the Elementaita Lodge
  • The last 4 nights at Fish Eagle Hotel.

The organisation proposes two different formulas for your accommodation:

A campsite formula, this is also the spirit of Kimbia Kenya

Spacious tents for two persons are installed in the camping areas of the lodges where we stay. For participants coming alone, the organization will assign you a partner of the same sex. The organization provides the mattresses but you must bring a sleeping bag, a fitted sheet for a person and a pillow if needed. The sanitary facilities are rudimentary but correct. The sunshine quasi pretty much permanent makes the camping experience pleasant and cold showers enjoyable!

A cottage formula for comfort lovers!

This formula is offered with a supplement of 390€ per person. Due to low capacity, this offer is only available for 10 lodges, that is to say 20 people.

Catering

You will find all you need in terms of catering between flavors, local specialties and food adapted to the practice of the effort. Everything is prepared in the lodges. Some meals will be taken outside, especially in villages to allow participants to be closer to the life of communities and appreciate their ‘culinary habits’. Without doubt, you will be pleasantly surprised by the quality of the Kenyan cuisine.

Visas and Passport

Once you enter Kenya, your passport must be valid for a minimum of 6 months and have two blank pages for the visa stamp application. A visa is required to enter Kenyan territory. Make sure you have about 50€ or 60USD with you (price 2017).

Vaccines and Medical Recommandations

The yellow fever vaccine is not compulsory but strongly recommended ( at least 10 days before departure). Anti-malarial treatment must be anticipated. Our advice: ATOVAQUONE – PROGUANIL (MALARONE). An effective anti-mosquito is necessary. Our advice: INSECT ECRAN

Anticipate your vaccinations because some vaccines can be done by your doctor but others, such as the yellow fever, have to be done at an approved vaccination center. Please, find more information about vaccines and medical recommendation on the Institute Pasteur Website: http://www.pasteur.fr/ip/easysite/pasteur/fr/sante/centre-medical/vaccinations-internationales-medecine-des-voyages/02kenya

Money

The local currency is the Kenyan Shilling (1€ = 110 KSH, February 2017).  Payment can also be made in US dollars, more rarely in euros. Currency exchange offices and distributors can be found at Nairobi Airport. Plan to withdraw a sum between 100 to 200€ in KSH which will allow you to pay your consumptions in the hotels and your on-site purchases (souvenirs…).

Communicate from Kenya

Mobile phones work with the International option but it is very expensive. The code to call someone in Kenya from abroad is the 254. Locally, the access to the Internet is difficult and via smartphones, highly expensive. Tell your friends and family that you will be hardly reachable by e-mail.

Luggage

In the baggage hold, you are entitled to 1 suitcase (max: height + length + width = 158cm) of 23kg. Beyond these standards, you will have to pay an extra charge. In the cabin, you are allowed to 1 standard luggage with the following dimensions: 55cm x 35cm x 25cm – pockets, wheels and handles included. One accessory is also authorized (handbag, laptop, camera…), maximum weight: 12km.

Clothes and Accessories

In addition to your running equipment, you should bring:

  • Cap or Hat
  • Shorts & T-shirts
  • Swimsuit. Towels can be provided at the campsite
  • Sunscreen
  • Long sleeved clothes / light colored pants to wear at night in order to repulse mosquitos
  • Rain and fleece clothing – It can be cold at night
  • A pair of closed shoes and a pair of open shoes
  • Light backpack for excursions
  • A pair of sunglasses
  • A sleeping bag and a single person bed sheet
  • Your toilet kit and a towel
  • An English adapter (UK plugs)

Reminder : all participants must have a camelback water bag 1.5l or a hydro belt (with water bottles).

Even if the organization has a medical service, you can bring a first aid kit (antibiotic, aspirin, dressings, disinfectant and healing sprays for slight injuries).

REGISTRATION

The total number of participants in 2018 is limited to 60 competitors. You can register between the 18th April 2017 to the 30th November 2017 (if bibs still available). No registration will be done after November 30th, 2017.

The individual price is fixed at 2590 euros over the period.

Please note that some touristic activities will be optional with an additional cost for a maximum of 150€.

An extra cost of 390€ per person for those who wish to sleep in cottage during the whole stay (20 places maximum).

Participants will also have to pay enrollment and online payment fees which represents 1,5% of the total cost of the stay.

Group Rate

You can benefit from a group discount:

  • 5% starting from 5 people (2460€ per person, excluding online payment fees)
  • 10% starting from 10 people (2350€ per person, excluding online payment fees)

The Registration includes:

  • The round-trip Paris-Nairobi (stopover possible at Amsterdam)
  • Daily shuttles by bus to transport participants to the lodges, the departure lines, return to the camps, as well as tourist excursions
  • 3* hotel in twin room (2 single beds) or double room (1 double bed for couples) for the first night in Nairobi
  • The accommodation in campsite (seven nights), mattress included or cottage if you choose the option
  • Catering for the entire stay, except drinks (water included) during meals
  • Provisions (water, fruits) during races
  • Medical assistance during the race and the entire stay
  • A medal for every participant
  • The event t-shirt
  • A payout of 50€ per participant to the solidarity program
  • A video about 5′ (sent with a link about a month after the race)
  • The technical staff (about 20 people) for the organization of the race, tourist activities and solidarity program.

The Registration does not include some optional touristic activities :

  •  A trekking in the Longonot Mount (about 40€)
  • A safari by horse at the Sanctuary Farm (about 30€)

The registration fee is the same for accompanying persons, who will benefit from all the services listed above. Accompanying persons are allowed to walk on the 10km course.

As the total number of participants is limited, the organization will retain files according to the places available and will accept only complete applications before November 30th 2017.

Possibility to pay in 2 times before the 30th November 2017 (online and secure payment):

  • 1st bank transfer / deposit of 800 euros + online payment fees (fully paid at the time of the registration with the complete administrative file)
  • 2nd bank transfer / balance to be made between the November 30th 2017 and December 15th 2017 (following an email sent by the organization)

Documents to be sent to the organization to confirm your registration:

  • The photocopy of your valid passport (must be valid during 6 months after the entry on the Kenyan territory (3rd February 2018).
  • 1 ID photo (scan of an ID photo or photo taken with a phone are authorized)
  • A medical certificate dating from April 2017, at the latest, of non-contraindication to the sport in competition (optional for walkers or the accompanying person).
  • Your attestation of repatriation insurance is compulsory

The cancellation conditions (in accordance with the article 5 of general terms and conditions of sale).

Cancellations of reservations and requests for refunds must be made by registered letter to: Exaequo-Communication – 85 rue de l’avenir, 14790 VERSON.

Refunds price scales are as follow:

  • 100€ will be retained for application fees in case of desistance before the 30/07/2017
  • 10% of the total fees will be withhold in case of desistance between the 1/08/2017 and the 30/11/2017
  • 30% of the total fees will be withhold in case of desistance between the 1/12/2017 and the 25/01/2017
  • After the 25/01/2018 at midnight, no refund request will be accepted.

These costs correspond to the advance payments made by Exaequo Communication for the preparation of the trip.

Exaequo Communication strongly recommends participants to subscribe to a cancellation insurance or personal insurance with the insurer of their choice.