We think the Kilifi Gold Triathlon is the most beautiful triathlon in Africa, and when you arrive in Kilifi you'll soon realise why. Between the palm-fringed white sandy beaches of Bofa and the dramatic cliffs of Takaungu, lies Kilifi Creek, lined with mangrove forest and undulating hills, and the Indian Ocean out to sea. Just next door and hosting the bike and run legs are the Kilifi Plantations, with rows of sisal, hidden valleys and ancient baobabs and a huge number of birds including herons, kites, guinea fowl and eagles.
Join us at the Mnarani Club beach on Saturday 22nd September 2018 and soak up the Kilifi atmosphere. The beach will be open to all from 10am to 9pm.
10am: Beach opens
10am - 1:30pm: Sign in, bike check, body marking, kit marking
2pm - Race Briefing (compulsory) and Warm Up
2:30pm: Race Start
6pm: Raffle and Event Prize-Giving
6:30pm: Sunset sounds & beach party
8pm: Event close
With a bar, restaurant, DJ, MC, and kids games throughout the day, the event is free to spectators and the race closes as the sun sets over the creek. We only ask that you come with your best cheering skills to give the competitors a much needed boost as they transition between the swim-bike-run legs.
Where to stay
We’re pleased to announce our host venue and recommended accommodation partner Mnarani Club are again offering an incredible KGT rate for all guests staying over the triathlon weekend. With rooms just a few steps from the start line and the best cheering location, there is no better place to take in the KGT that weekend. The after party is on the hotel's beach, and for tired muscles you can relax in the creek or the hotel’s infinity pool, or get a rub down at the on-site Urembo Spa. If you’re a spectator, well you can still do all those things without the strain of competing in the actual triathlon…
Our partners Mnarani Club Hotel will be offering another of their incredible accommodation deals for the weekend: WATCH THIS SPACE for more information.
For those on a smaller budget, we highly recommend our friends over at Distant Relatives Eco-lodge and Backpackers, a hugely popular spot nestled in the hills on the north side of the creek, and just 15 minutes from Mnarani Club. With a range of accommodation options, from dorm beds to shared bandas or private rooms, a pool and beach volleyball court, a great restaurant and a fully stocked bar, you cannot go wrong.
What to do
Apart from the KGT, there is plenty to do in Kilifi should you decide to pick yourself up off the sunlounger and venture out your hotel. If you're making a weekend of it, some of our favourite Sunday things include:
- Sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, paddle boarding, water and mono-skiing with 3 Degrees South
- Sunday morning yoga at the Creek Club
- Sunset cruise and sundowners aboard a traditional Swahili dhow
- Spa treatments at Urembo Spa at Mnarani Club
- Sunday cocktails at Boatyard, Mandharini or Distant Relatives (or all three?)
- Sweet cakes, ice creams and delicious nyama choma at Wild Living
- Shopping at Zinj Design, African leather and bead factory
And for those venturing further afield, within an hour's drive, check out Vipingo Ridge for golf, the Vipingo Beach Shack for seafood, Kuruwitu Marine Reserve for fantastic snorkelling, and Mida Creek Mangrove Boardwalk for a rickety highline experience high above the trees with the birds! Karibuni Kilifi.
How to get here
Kilifi, and Mnarani Club, is on the main Mombasa - Malindi highway next to Kilifi Bridge.
Malindi and Mombasa Moi International airports are a one hour flight from Nairobi, and flights come in from JKIA or Wilson. Malindi is one hour away by road and Mombasa one and a half hours (but allow another hour for traffic at peak times). There are more frequent flights into Mombasa Moi International. Carriers include Kenya Airways, JamboJet, Fly540 and SAX. From Lamu, also try Skyward Express. Safarilink offer charter flights from Nairobi Wilson to Vipingo, about 25 minutes away. Private planes can land at Kilifi Airstrip, next to the hotel. Airport Taxis are available outside Malindi and Mombasa airports, or if you are staying at the hotel they can arrange your airport transfer. Our recommended private hire driver taxi is David Kamau, on +254 727 405 353 and please mention KGT when you book.
From Malindi, drive one hour south, cross Kilifi Bridge and just after you will see the sign for the hotel on your left.
From Mombasa, drive approx two hours north, just before Kilifi Bridge, you will see the sign for the hotel on your right. Our recommended private hire driver taxi is David Kamau, on +254 727 405 353 and please mention KGT when you book.
From Nairobi lots of buses ply the Mombasa route and some go directly to Kilifi, dropping you at the stage in town. From town, take a tuktuk across Kilifi Bridge, and just after the bridge you will see a sign for the hotel on your left. Try Tahmeed Coach, Modern Coast or Coast Bus. Allow 12 hours for the journey. From north or south of Kilifi there are also lots of buses and matatus.
At time of writing, June 2017, the SGR had just opened carrying cargo and passengers between Nairobi and Mombasa. We have not taken this yet but inaugural journeys have started. See http://krc.co.ke/ for more details.