Great Plains Launches “Stay Fit on Safari” Experiences

Great Plains, an African eco-tourism organization, has introduced new “Stay Fit on Safari” experiences, which include marathon training with the Maasai in Kenya, bush hiking in Botswana and canoeing on Zimbabwe’s Zambezi River. The new experiences are available at Great Plains’ camps in Botswana, Kenya and Zimbabwe. From plant-based dining to in-suite exercise equipment ranging from exercise bikes to yoga mats, health-conscious adventurers are well taken care of at all Great Plains camps.

Available on request at the Mara Nyika, Mara Plains and Mara Toto camps in Kenya, Great Plains offers the ultimate running adventure for athletes of all abilities. Accompanied by a member of the Maasai tribe, known for their athletic skills, runners will be put through their paces with this new experience. Whether participants are after a gentle three-mile run or a strenuous marathon-training session, abundant wildlife-spotting and scenery are also part of the adventure.

Members of the Maasai

For those who prefer to explore the wilderness on four hooves, Kenya’s ol Donyo Lodge is the perfect pick. Located in the Chyulu Hills in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro and home to a stable of 20 horses, the lodge offers the opportunity to swap the rumble of the engine for the sound of hooves on the grassy plains. Guests will ride through the bush–spotting giraffe and cheetah as they go–before arriving to a delicious breakfast consisting of freshly baked goods, hot dishes and fresh fruit, accompanied by birdsong, under the shade of an acacia tree.

At Great Plains’ Tembo Plains camp, Zimbabwe, and Selinda Explorers camp, Botswana, guests can admire the surroundings by canoe. Guests of Tembo Plains, which sits on the banks of the Zambezi River, can hop aboard to spot elephants and other wildlife. Over in Botswana, guests of Selinda Explorers can wind their way along the Selinda Spillway, marveling at the water-lilies, birds and elephant herds as they go. Further south in Botswana at Selinda Camp, Selinda Explorers and Okavango Explorers, hikers can follow in the footprints of the animals, gaining a new level of respect for the bush. Ramblers can also learn about the “small five” and the flowers that carpet the ground, gaining an understanding of the terrain and the ecosystem that works in harmony with one’s surroundings.

Guests of ol Donyo Lodge in Kenya can swap four wheels for two as they explore the lush surrounds by mountain bike. The lodge’s fleet of mountain bikes are perfectly suited for all ages and terrains, allowing riders to whizz along the savannah at speed next to giraffes, wildebeests and more.

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