Africa plays host to some 'must do' marathons and the Victoria Falls Marathon is definitely one of them. With a vibey abmiance and an epic sunset cruise, the event feels much more like good fun than hard work, yet the run should be taken seriously. If the inclines on the route don't take your breath away, the breathtaking backdrop of the iconic Victoria Falls surely will.
Running a marathon and viewing the enormous Victoria Falls is a must for all runners, especially if you plan to run a marathon on every continent. The Victoria Falls Marathon offers participants the opportunity to enjoy great scenery such as running alongside the mighty Zambezi River, Victoria Falls waterfall, game viewing when running through the Zambezi National Park and a glimpse of the town of Victoria Falls en-route to the finish line.
The atmosphere is electric with loads of friendly faces supporting and manning the water stations as well as festive marimba bands playing next to the road. Runners can unwind after the race on an unforgettable Marathon Sunset Cruise with complimentary snacks and drinks to enjoy. On board this sunset cruise you may see wildlife such as elephants, hippos, crocodiles as well as fantastic birdlife on the shores of the Zambezi River.
Besides the breathtaking landscapes, you will encounter on the marathon race there is plenty more to do and see. Known as the adventure centre of Africa, for good reason, the Victoria Falls has a wealth of activities available! Choose one of the standard travel packages, or tailor-make your own by combining the marathon race with some rafting, canoeing, boat cruising, game viewing, an elephant back safari or even a bungee jump! Safaris in neighbouring Botswana and Zambia are also available and we would be happy to furnish you with details of travel packages in the surrounding region and make all your travel arrangements for you. In addition, there are daily flights from Johannesburg to the falls, which makes linking from international flights to the region easy.
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Fun Run 7.5km
The Victoria Falls marathon route starts at the post office opposite the Kingdom Hotel, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. All runners are advised to spend the night before the race in the town of Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe as the border post will be closed early morning on the day of the race.
The route takes you from the Kingdom Hotel towards the old bridge between Zimbabwe and Zambia. From this bridge you have spectacular views of the Victoria Falls. Turn around just before the Zambia border post before crossing the bridge again and heading up Zambezi Drive parallel to the Zambezi River. Once past the massive baobab tree you turn onto the road leading up to the Zambezi National Park. Run a shady loop into the park where you may see some game. We have game rangers deployed along the route for safety.
Continue to Victoria Falls town and residential area. Enjoy the festive atmosphere and enthusiasm from the water stations before finishing at the school on the Kazangula Road.
Half Marathon 7:15am
Fun Run 8:15am
12:30pm for the Marathon and Half Marathon. No cut off time for the Fun Run.
On arrival at Victoria Falls International Airport you will be met and transferred to Victoria Falls.
Spend 4 nights here inclusive of breakfast daily in your choice of hotel.
Spend the day relaxing at the pool or you may choose to participate in some of the many activities on offer. You could also explore the charming town of Victoria Falls the town where you can buy curios and have lunch at one of the local restaurants.
Registration day. As a pre-booked guest the day is yours at leisure but feel free to pop down to registration at the Kingdom Hotel if you need any assistance from the marathon team.
Transfers to the Start Line provided for all RunFun Travel runners. The stadium offers shade, a cash-bar and food stalls. Transfers are not included for runners staying at the Kingdom Hotel or Ilala Lodge as they are within walking distance. A return transfer is also provided from the finish at the Stadium (where a cash bar and food stall is provided) back to you hotel.
This afternoon around 3:00pm you will be met and transferred to the jetty for the official Marathon Sunset Cruise. This fantastic 2 hour boat journey takes place on the Zambezi River. While on board all drinks and snacks are included. View hippos, crocs and an abundancy of birdlife while watching the sun dip over the Zambezi.
Transfers from the party back to the hotel included.
Return transfer to Victoria Falls International Airport for your return flight or onward journey.
Victoria Falls Safari Lodge provides luxury accommodation in Victoria Falls. Set on a natural plateau, the westward facing lodge borders the Zambezi National Park and is just 4km from the thundering Victoria Falls. Enjoy uninterrupted views of spectacular African sunsets and year round game at its onsite waterhole, accommodation at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge is ideally positioned to offer the most discerning traveller a taste of Africa at its best.
All the rooms have digital safes, IDD phones, remote control air-conditioning, hairdryers, fans, mosquito nets, extensive range of customised toiletries including insect repellent, message pads, complimentary tea and coffee making facilities, and extra length beds. Each standard room has either a double bed or twin beds, a bathroom with a luxury bath and separate shower, and a balcony overlooking the National Park and facing the sunset.
The Victoria Falls Hotel, popularly known as "the grand old lady of the Falls", is situated in the Victoria Falls National Park, a world heritage site.The Edwardian-style five-star hotel, built in 1904, combines the charm of the old with the convenience of the new. Set in lush tropical gardens with lily ponds, palm trees and semi-tropical shrubs, it provides the tranquility and seclusion that many guests seek. The famous Victoria Falls are just a ten minute walk away using the hotel's private pathway and "the smoke that thunders", or "Mosi-O-Tunya" in the local dialect, is clearly audible and visible from this luxurious landmark.
The ambience of the hotel is steeped in history with all rooms decorated in the gracious Edwardian-style of Zimbabwe's colonial era. Echoing its glorious past, The Victoria Falls Hotel's rooms are truly a five-star experience. All the rooms are air-conditioned with every modern amenity including digital satellite television and a personal safe.
World-class service, and food and beverage choice and preparation second-to-none, make the hotel a magnet for international visitors and locals alike. The opulent Livingstone Room for fine dining and dancing, the Jungle Junction with its famous breakfast and dinner buffets and ethnic entertainment in the evenings, offer variety and wide choice. Stanley's Terrace, with its clear view of the Victoria Falls Bridge connecting Zimbabwe and Zambia, is renowned for its cocktails and afternoon teas. The Terrace has been a rendezvous for adventurers in Africa for over a century.
Illala is the perfect base from which to explore one of the world's greatest natural wonders. The lodge provides distinguished, yet affordable, boutique accommodation in gracious and seclued surroundings. Illala is ideally located, being the closest hotel to the falls, yet also close to the town centre.
Explore the lush wilderness surrounding the town on a thrilling game drive, surf the rapids on a Zambezi River white water rafting expedition, get your heart racing when you bungee jump off the Victoria Falls bridge, or simply enjoy a legendary Zimbabwean sunset from the comfort of the Ra-Ikane river cruiser. These, and many more Victoria Falls activities are available directly from Ilala Lodge - a rarity within many Victoria Falls hotels and accommodation establishments. Simply visit the Activities Desk at the hotel to find out more.
Ilala Lodge Hotel Victoria Falls, perfectly located in the warm and welcoming heart of Zimbabwe's tourism capital, invites you to discover exceptional hospitality and cheerful service.
Cresta Sprayview Victoria Falls is situated just 1.4km from the Victoria Falls Rain Forest entrance. It is the perfect getaway for adventure seekers exploring the resort town of Victoria Falls and its surrounds. In months when the Falls are in full flood, the spray from this majestic wonder of nature rises like a column of smoke, locally referred to as "Mosi-oa-Tunya", the "Smoke That Thunders", and can be seen from the hotel, hence the name "Sprayview" from which the hotel derives its name. The hotel is ideally situated within walking distance of the town of Victoria Falls with its accompanying restaurants and curio markets and a short 10 minute walk to the Falls themselves.
Set on eight acres of manicured grounds, the hotel offers a tranquil oasis from which to enjoy all Victoria Falls has to offer. Alfresco dining and the large swimming pool make the hotel a relaxing retreat for families, international travellers, and honeymooners. Cresta Sprayview has 65 rooms, 2 restaurants, 2 bars, and reception available 24 hours. All rooms are equipped with air-conditioning to combat the high summer temperatures the region can experience. In-room tea and coffee making facilities, personal safes, hairdryers and universal plugs help to make guests feel at home.
Built around a man-made water feature, the Kingdom at Victoria Falls create the impression of having been built on a lake. With a food court, bars and one of Zimbabwe's finest and most attractive casinos, the Kingdom at Victoria Falls has it all, and it is the nearest hotel to the mighty Victoria Falls.
The 294 rooms are beautifully finished in deep browns and beiges with natural wood furnishings. With a large number of family rooms having bunk beds, this is truly a child-friendly hotel. Rooms with balconies have attractive views of the surrounding lakes and water features. They all have a balcony, shower, bath, air-conditioning, overhead fan, hairdryer, sprinkler system, smoke detectors, direct dial telephone, colour satellite TV and radio.
Play golf where the animals roam, gaze over the Zambezi River from the privacy of your balcony or unwind with a cocktail at the pool. It's all waiting here for you at the Elephant Hills Hotel. The resort lies at the top of a hill outside of Victoria Falls, affording many of the rooms sweeping views of the Zambezi River across to Zambia.
All the accommodation is comfortably decorated with the traveller in mind. Modern comforts in each room include air conditioning, Satellite TV and a fridge. Rooms to the east of the hotel look over the golf course and the Zambezi River in the distance while rooms on the western side of the hotel have sweeping views of the Zambezi River.
Our weekend marathon package to this unique part of the world starts from $998 pp twin share. Single price available on application.
If you would like to make further travel arrangements after marathon, we are able to organise lodge safaris, luxury and budget camping safaris, as well as excursions to:
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A non-refundable deposit of $350 is required to secure your Victoria Falls Marathon travel, entry and accommodation package.
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