What kind of running tours and training camps does Africa Running Tours offer?
All our tours and training camps are running-centric, allowing participants to enjoy fully supported runs in places that they would be unlikely to run on their own. We give clients the full experience of the place, diving into the culture, food and history while enjoying the chance to see out-of-the-way places as very few do – on foot. Every detail is taken care of, from the meals featuring local cuisine and unique, comfortable hotels, guesthouses & lodges to the route selection and full support during the runs.
How far do I have to be able to run?
There is no set requirement for most trips, but we recommend that you be comfortable with daily running, or at least walking, for the best experience. Many runs will take place en route to the next destination, and vehicle support is most of the time available. Other runs will be set up as out/back routes, and you can self-select your distance. The maximum daily distances vary depending upon the specific trip, but we can generally accommodate everyone, no matter how far they want to go. Rest days are built in, and you are always welcome to take another day off if you choose.
Can you outline a typical day with Africa Running Tours?
We have very wide and diverse programs with many activities to keep you entertained throughout your entire stay with us. This means that no two days are the same and this is in fact part of the excitement of joining our training camps / running tours. Typically, each day will start with a guided training run with our local pace runners, then throughout each day we have a combination of activities including practical workshops, coaching seminars, Q&A’s with Ethiopian athletes, visits to local attractions and much more.
When we aren’t running, we have plenty to see and do! There will often be a significant amount of drive time, with well-timed breaks and photo stops. Each trip incorporates plenty of sight-seeing, cultural immersion and educational experiences, and the evenings are full of indulgent dinners, story-swapping and plenty of relaxation time.
Can my non-runner spouse / friend come too?
Absolutely! Though it will mean more time spent in a vehicle, the panoramas along the way can entertain for days, and only a relatively small portion of each day will be spent on the run. They will still get to enjoy plenty of sightseeing, cultural immersion and relaxation (as long as they don’t mind hanging out with a group of runners!). They are also welcome and encouraged to walk during the run portions of the day.
What if I am traveling alone?
Solo travelers are welcome and actually make up the majority of our clients on Africa Running Tours trips! Rates are based on double-occupancy, though private room upgrades are available for most trips. Otherwise, we will place you with a same-sex roommate prior to departures.
Can I stay for longer (or shorter) than the standard camp?
Yes this is entirely possible. Please email us for further information and prices.
What is included in the trip cost?
All trip prices include pre-trip communication & guidance, airport transfers, all accommodation, all meals/snacks, water, in-country transportation, drivers, all applicable sightseeing expenses, experienced guides and organized, supported runs. In short, just about everything is covered from the moment you land until the moment you leave.
What isn’t included in the trip cost?
Trip prices do not include international flights, alcohol, tips, visas (if applicable) or personal purchases.
Why don’t you include the flights?
Though it would be ideal to have all participants travel together, in reality we have many runners coming from different places, and many who want to arrive early and/or stay longer for additional travels. We do provide plenty of guidance when it comes to booking your flight, and do our best to make it as simple as possible for participants.
What sort of food will we be eating?
Food will vary by destination, but all trips feature local cuisine. We put an emphasis on healthy, fresh, filling meals & snacks and will see to it that no one goes hungry! Special diets can be accommodated. .
What climate / weather should I expect in Ethiopia?
In most of the country, the main rainy season runs from June to September, in Southern Ethiopia, the seasons are different with the main rains from March to June, and shorter rains in November. Ethiopia’s climate reflects its topography. The highlands have a moderate climate with average daytime temperatures of around 60°F (16°C). The far south and the eastern lowlands are hot and dry; the western lowlands are hot and humid. The Simien and Bale Mountains can get cold at night with temperatures below the freezing point.
Do I need specific immunizations before travelling ?
There are certain vaccinations you may wish to consider before travelling to Ethiopia and other African countries. Your health care provider can give you the most up to date advice and information.
We recommend that all guests consult with their health care provider before attending a training camp or running tour in Africa.
Is Africa safe to travel?
We have not had any negative security experiences in our time organizing training camps and running tours in Africa. We also have tour guides with you throughout your stay who will facilitate your enjoyment and safety. This can be of particular importance to those who may be travelling to Africa for the first time. Having tour guides with extensive local knowledge to welcome you from day one can ease any concerns you may have and help you to settle in to your new surroundings as quickly as possible.
We also have had many single travelers joining us from all over the world and we have not received any indication from previous guests that they did not feel safe at any time during their time with us.
What medical facilities are available?
Simple first aid can be provided at the training camps / during the running tours. There are well equipped hospitals in all major towns. Medical insurance is not provided by Africa Running Tours and all guests must ensure they are adequately insured before travelling to Ethiopia.
What if I would like more information?
If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our office for additional information. You should typically receive an answer within maximum 2 business day.