Running a marathon is all about pushing your limits and learning what your body is capable of — what do you think you could do if you were running with lions? (Okay, to be fair, there are guards and it’s totally safe, but still — there are lions). South Africa’s Big Five Marathon has got to be on every runner’s bucket list as a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Named for the “big five” species of African game — African elephants, rhinos, water buffalo, lions and leopards — this race takes runners through the private Entabeni game reserve in the Limpopo province of South Africa. There aren’t any fences, so it’s just you, the other competitors and the animals (which can also include zebras, cheetahs, hippos, crocs, antelope and more). The course can actually change at the last minute depending on the animals’ movements, but it’s a mix of trail and road, including an extremely steep descent that leads straight into (gulp!) lion country.
The race is definitely a commitment and it’s also an amazing vacation. Runners choose either a six- or eight-day package, which includes lodging and safari tours of the reserve. Registration is currently available for both the 2015 race (June 20) and 2016 (June 25). For more information and registration details, check out albatros-adventure.com.
Oaxaca is, without a doubt, a city so impressive one must experience it firsthand to understand its splendor. It is an incomparable place that will leave you in awe of its cultural wealth, a place that invites you to experience the extraordinary. In this light, Posadas celebrates the opening of Grand Fiesta Americana Oaxaca, an irresistible option for enjoying this magnificent state in an exclusive and fascinating way.
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All Nippon Airways (ANA) is the largest airline in Japan. With flights from the United States to Japan and all of Asia, it's the perfect airline to book your next trip with. From ANA's amazing in-flight food to its excellent customer service, it comes as no surprise ANA has been awarded five stars for its seventh consecutive year by the SKYTRAX World Airline Rating.