Going on safari in Africa is a wonderful experience so why not combine it with running the Big Five Adventure marathon? That way you get to tick off two items on your bucket list. Not only do to see amazing wildlife in stunning surroundings but you meet a different breed of marathon runners. People who seek adventure rather than PB's. This event is more than running a marathon. It is a total wildlife experience (before the race and during) in the 32,000 hectare game reserve 4 hours drive from Johannesburg. We chose the 7 day package so had plenty of opportunity, morning and night, to see the "Big Five" (Buffalo, Elephant, Leopard, Lion and Rhino) and to view a lot of the marathon route whilst bouncing around in the jeeps. Surprisingly, it took the first marathon runner (yes a New Zealander) only five minutes longer to run it than it took the jeeps to drive the course. Do not be put off by that fact, as this marathon whilst it is tough, it is achievable (I am female over 60). Sure, you do not usually encounter a male lion on a marathon course (fortunately not race day but two days before) or run through herds of rhino, zebra, giraffe or elephant. But the wildlife, the terrain and your fellow competitors from all around the world make this race special. Don't be fooled into thinking the half marathon is the easy option because you still have to go up and down the infamous Yellowwood Valley ravine. Only if you thought you couldn't complete the marathon in the cut-off time - 7 hours - then the half is worth considering. You will come away from this adventure marathon with a huge sense of achievement that you ran a marathon in rugged but beautiful terrain, with no fences protecting you from the wildlife, with people just happy to finish. The rangers they can change the marathon course on race day if wildlife such as lions are in the vicinity. Runners health and safety is paramount. I highly recommend this marathon for runners and spectators amazing.