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03 Feb 2018
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From a marathon and cycling challenge in Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe (2018’s hot new destination), to an eco-friendly marathon in the Seychelles, to a 100km Ultra Trail in Mauritius – why not ditch the cold and swap it for something more exotic instead? (and a bit warmer too!)

Challenge | Run the Seychelles’ Eco-Friendly Marathon

When | 25th February 2018

Stay at | Hilton Northolme Resort & Spa

Discover the natural beauty of the Indian Ocean by foot, running the Seychelles’ annual Eco-Friendly Marathon, which takes place in the Seychelles’ capital, Mahé, (also the smallest capital in the world!). Open to all level of runners, participants can either partake in a gentle 5km run to a full marathon.

Runners will set off from Beau Vallon, just a short drive from the luxurious HiltonNortholme Resort & Spa, at 7am on Sunday 25th February 2018 and begin their challenge, which will cover almost all of the central and northern part of the island. Although there are a range of distances to choose from, around 50% of the course is uphill, creating a real challenge for even the most experienced of runners.

Having spent the day completing a truly memorable race with over 3000 participants, runners staying at Hilton Northolme Resort & Spa can enjoy some much deserved time to rest and unwind back in the comfort of their luxurious Grand Ocean View Pool Villa, soaking their feet in their own private pool. For the ultimate reward, the resort will be offering a 20% discount off a pampering deep-tissue massage at its exclusive eforea spa, designed to soothe and restore your aching muscles, available from 23rd to 28th February 2017.

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Challenge | Run the Victoria Falls Marathon or take part in the Zambezi Cycle Challenge, Zimbabwe

When | Victoria Falls Marathon – 1st July 2018/ Zambezi Cycle Challenge – 7th – 9th July 2018

Stay at | Africa Albida Tourism’s Victoria Falls Safari Club as part of The Ultimate Sporting Package 2018

Tipped as being 2018’s hottest destination, regular pavement pounders will love Zimbabwe’s Victoria Falls Marathon taking place on 1st July 2018 – not only a fitness challenge, but a once in a lifetime opportunity to complete an awe-inspiring achievement surrounded by some of the most magical sights in the world. This mammoth event includes a full marathon (42.2Km), a half marathon (21.1km) and a fun run (7.5km), and gives runners the rare opportunity to glimpse one of the Seven Wonders of the World and spot wildlife as the route wends through the Zambezi National Park.

For Bradley Wiggins wannabes, the Zambezi Cycle Challenge is a three-day event, to be held on 7th, 8th, 9th July 2018, set against the backdrop of the world-famous Victoria Falls and through Zambezi National Park, covering between 50 and 80kms a day through magnificent scenery, an endurance test not for the fainthearted!

Africa Albida Tourism understands the challenges faced and commitments required to train for these sporting events, which is why the group is inviting participants to stay at the exclusive and luxurious Victoria Falls Safari Club and enjoy certain benefits. For example, participants staying at the Club can enjoy delicious, nutritionally balanced meals which have been tailored to specific pre- and post- race needs, before getting an early night in one of the most peaceful atmospheres imaginable. These guests will also be the first to enjoy the property’s new swimming pool and sundeck, which is set to open in time for these sporting events, in April 2018.

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Challenge: Beachcomber’s Ultra Trail Raidlight, Mauritius

When | 28th and 29th July 2018

Stay at | Shandrani Beachcomber Resort & Spa, Mauritius

Entries are now open for the fifth edition of Beachcomber’s Ultra Trail Raidlight, where participants are treated to Beachcomber’s traditional five-star service throughout this much-loved set of races. Guests can choose from a 10km, 25km, 47km or the ultimate challenge, a 100km course, discovering the most breathtaking parts of Mauritius along the way. Guests will run through it all, from fields and forests, to clifftops and pristine beaches, with some tracks even going through natural sites which are usually private property. The 100km run path is new for 2018 and will see world class athletes take part.

The races begin at the exclusive Shandrani Beachcomber Resort & Spa, making it the perfect base for runners, and with five-star facilities, luxurious rooms and an idyllic spa with a sauna and hammam, Shandrani is the ideal place to relax pre and post Raidlight. Guests visiting Beachcomber Mauritius in 2018 can also join in with the island’s celebrations as they commemorate their 50th anniversary of independence.

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Sleep, Eat, Dive and Repeat | Explore Huvadoo Atoll with Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa

When | Booking window: now – 28th February 2018
Stay Period | 1st March 2018 to 15th December 2018

Keen divers will be excited to hear that Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa is extending its Stay and Dive package for those booking between now and 28th February 2018, to stay between 1st March 2018 and 15th December 2018. The five-star resort is giving guests the chance to explore one of the Maldives’ best-preserved atolls at a reduced rate with fantastic complimentary benefits. As part of this package, guests booking a stay of four nights can enjoy a complimentary orientation dive, unlimited unguided house reef dives, as well as complimentary dive luggage allowance for domestic flights. This means guests can dive to their heart’s content and bring all their own gear with no added stress! Those staying for six nights or more will experience all of these benefits plus a six-dive package with the hotel’s Blue Journeys dive team.