Registration includes access to Kenya National Parks, Forests and wildlife conservanciesKenya Wildlife Service (KWS) charges EA Residents at international visitor rates.Proof of Kenya residency is required during inspection by KWS officers.
KENYA NATIONAL PARKS & FORESTS:
RACE CAMP NOTESAccommodation is a mix of shared rooms / shared dome tents / single dome tentsMattress only providedBedding & towel are NOT providedDiscount is available for those that choose to self tentCottages at Lake Naivasha are limited; available on first booked - first paid basisLuxury rooms at Maasai Mara are limited; Shared rooms only - available on first booked - first paid basis
single bag (15kg) plus tent will be transported between race campsBike box service - Empty bike box & extra luggage bag will be delivered from start direct to finish camp.Bike box transport from Finish to Nairobi (supply your own box).Bike box will be delivered to Nairobi airport to meet your departing flight on Saturday
STAGE SUPPORT 2 water points per stage - participants must be self-sufficient for on stage hydration & nutrition, mechanical support and extraction. A 3L Camelbak is recommended to survive 2-3 hours of hard cycling between water points.
HIGH ALTITUDE and big mountains, 60% of all cycling will be above 2,000m altitude (peak race altitude is 2,750m). This will exert considerable cardio-vascular demands on all participants. You must be physically fit and mentally prepared for this demanding adventure. If you are not well trained you will not enjoy the immensity of Kenya's Great Rift Valley. e-mountain bikes are welcome.
SENSIBLE ROUTE options are included for some stages; these provide a shorter route for those that prefer to to be "more sensible", or for those that wish to enjoy the luxuries of race camp a little sooner.
TRAIL TERRAIN is rugged, raw and technical in parts. Vicious thorns abound so tubeless tires filled with an extra dose of sealant is essential (Stan's is best).
GPS ENABLED SELF-NAVIGATION is core to all RVO events. Since inception in 2010 all RVO participants have relied upon a GARMIN GPS to self-navigate their way. The only course markings are the start and finish lines of each stage.
GARMIN Fenix/ Edge 500/ 510/ 520/ 705 are not suitable therefore not supported at the RVO please refer to the FAQ >> GPS page for info on suitable devices.
e-BIKE BATTERIES IATA airline regulations prohibit the carriage of e-bike batteries on passenger flights, you must therefore freight your batteries in advance. An e-bike without a battery can be carried as passenger luggage.
BIKE INSURANCE It is your responsibility to obtain sufficient insurance for your bike against any loss or damage during the RVO
COVID POLICY: None accepted
ALL participants and ALL supporters must provide certification of double vaccination against COVID.
Failure to provide certification will deny you participation and access to race facilities
We do not have the competency to determine the merits of any exemptions against COVID vaccination, therefore if you are not double vaccinated then we will not accept your participation.
I confirm that I have been double vaccinated against COVID. I agree that failure to provide certification will deny me participation and access to race facilities
SORRY - DO NOT SUBMIT
We are simple folk without the competency to determine the merits of any exemptions against COVID vaccination, therefore we will not accept your registration.
All Registration fees are PER PERSONKES fees apply to EA citizens & Ke residents onlyUSD fees apply to EA residents & International visitors
Proof of Kenya residency required by KWS for National Park fees (included in registration)
Event dates : 25-29 SepSTART Limuru - FINISH Maasai MaraIncludes optional prologue on 24 SepAccommodation a mix of shared rooms / shared dome tents / single dome tents
Event dates: 27-29 SepSTART Mt. Suswa - FINISH Maasai MaraAll 3 day participants will be accommodated pre-race at Mt Suswa camp on 26 SepMt. Suswa camp includes pre-race tent, dinner & breakfastAccommodation a mix of shared dome tents / single dome tents
Pre-race Brackenhurst Hotel packagesCharge is per person for either twin (2 people) or single (1 person)HB Half Board package includes Dinner Bed & BreakfastBnB includes Bed + BreakfastAirport transfer (60km) is managed by Brackenhurst HotelAccommodation is payable before 31 July to guarantee your reservation
Confirm & Pay for your Brackenhurst accommodation & transfer packages via email to Evelyne at firstname.lastname@example.org
SAA group fare for 20 passengers can be negotiated for return flights originating Cape Town (CPT) & Jo'burg (JNB) to Nairobi (NBO). Please indicate your interest below.
Flights from (CPT) Cape Town / (JNB) Jo'burg
(35km 3hrs) Social ride across tea plantations with tea factory tour. Recommended for all international visitors, allows opportunity to acclimatise to altitude & GPS orientation.
HB package includes: dinner & breakfast. Airport transfer (60km) is optional. Booking must be confirmed & paid directly with hotel.
Cottage upgrade $120 sleeps 3 people
Room upgrade $100 pp shared. Participants sharing rooms take priority.
POST RACE OPTIONSPlease contact Natalie to manage your post race vacation optionsAll prices quoted are subject to amendment
Balloon flight on 30 Sep, from at 05:00 to 09:00 - ground transfers includedVacation at Instinct of the Mara Camp, Olderikesi Conservancy, Maasai Mara (race finish camp)Vacation at Cottar's 1920s Camp, Olderikesi Conservancy, Maasai Mara - 20 minute drive from finish campCamp package excludes flight from Maasai Mara to NairobiAll rates are per person
Transfers from Maasai Mara to NairobiFlight departures at 11:00 and 15:00 daily (45 minute flight)Flight to Nairobi excludes ground transfer to International AirportRoad transfer from Maasai Mara to Nairobi - 260 km (6h)
Airport hotelDay room / overnight room available on request
Bike Box transfer from Maasai Mara to NairobiBikes will be transported overnight by truck to Nairobi - must be boxedBikes will be delivered to Nairobi airport to meet departing flightBikes must be insured for any losses or damages - refer to RVO disclaimer & indemnity form
Vacation at luxury safari camp. Flight to Nairobi NOT included
Flight to Nairobi excludes road transfer to international airport
30 Sep only. Road to Westlands 260km (6h) | Road to Suswa 170km (4h)
- Cancellation before 31 May = 90% refund (less bank charges).
- Cancellation before 30 June = 75% refund (less bank charges).
- Cancellation before 31 July = 50% refund (less bank charges)
- Cancellation after 31 July = 0% refund
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I confirm that I do not have any physical, medical nor mental condition that precludes me from competing in this physically demanding bicycle race.
I confirm my awareness that 60% of all cycling will be above 2,000m altitude (peak race altitude is 2,750m). This will exert considerable cardio-vascular demands on my physiology.
I confirm that I have read and understood the Rift Valley Odyssey Rules
I confirm that I have read and understood the RVO Liability Disclaimer & Indemnity and will submit a signed Indemnity Form
Rift Valley Odyssey Liability Disclaimer & Indemnity
I acknowledge and agree that the Rift Valley Odyssey (“the event”) being a high speed cycling event, is an extreme sport and that it is inherent in the event that there is the risk of serious injury, illness, death and/or damage to sporting and other equipment.
I hereby indemnify and hold harmless the Rift Valley Odyssey organizers to the fullest extent possible in law, against any claims occasioned as a result of my participation in the event of whatsoever nature or howsoever caused, including, without limitation, any loss, injury, harm, illness, death or damage of whatsoever nature and howsoever caused arising directly or indirectly out of any act or omission, including negligent acts or negligent omissions by the parties, including any claim for consequential loss or damage, loss of profits or any claim by any of my dependents arising from events related to, in connection with or occasioned as a result of my participation in the event.
I appreciate and understand the risks inherent in the event and my participation therein. I accept these risks and confirm that I participate in the event at my own sole and absolute risk.
I confirm that I have read and agree to the terms of Rift Valley Odyssey Liability Disclaimer & Indemnity that is available online.