Welcome to Uganda

Uganda is a land gifted by nature. Winston Churchill once called it ‘the Pearl of Africa’ in recognition of its vast array of riches. It is a country of huge diversity, it is home to the endangered Mountain Gorilla and is a primate paradise. There are 10 National Parks and wildlife areas which play host to Africa’s "Big 7": Lion, Elephant, Rhino, Leopard, Buffalo, plus Gorilla and Chimpanzee.

The Uganda Marathon is entering its 3rd year and is growing steadily, having already become the largest fundraising event in the country. The brainchild of a group of former London City professionals, it is not only a great sporting event but actively supports and engages the local community. It combines 7 days of adventure, volunteering, African music, street parties and a children’s sports day, culminating with the option of running the full marathon (42.2kms), a half marathon (21.1kms) or a 10k run.

The event takes place in and around the town of Masaka, which is 23km south of the equator at an altitude of about 1,150m. This is about a 3 hour drive southwest of the capital of Kampala. It is run mainly off-road on hard baked, red African dirt roads, with a little bit of trail and some tarmac at the start and finish, and several hilly sections, all surrounded by spectacular scenery. Taking place in June means the rainy season has just finished and temperatures are generally around 20-25 degrees.

You can find out much more about the Uganda Marathon by following the link below. But before you do, we want you to consider making the most of your visit to Uganda and enjoy the many other attractions we can make available to you through our parent company Tailormade Africa.

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Five Countries, Six Marathons

The founders and directors of Africa Marathons have over 35 years of combined experience in the Africa travel industry. We promote and offer packages to running events in 5 African countries at present.

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Whether you are an experienced or novice runner, looking for a new challenge or simply thinking about visiting the continent for the first time, we would love to speak to you!