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.
Come and join us at the Mnarani Club beach on Saturday 21st September 2019 and soak up the Kilifi atmosphere. Spectator entry is free and the beach will be open to all from 10am to 9pm with food and a full bar available.
10:30am: Beach opens
10:30am - 1:30pm: Sign in, bike check, body marking, kit marking
2pm - All Competitors' Race Briefing (compulsory)
2:30pm: Individual Race Start: KGT Centurions
3pm approx: Team Race Start: KGT Teams
6pm: Raffle Draw and Event Prize-Giving
6:30pm: Sundowner beach party! Giveaways, DJ, fully stocked bar
9pm: Event close
With a bar, restaurant, DJ, MC, and kids games throughout the day, the event is open and free all day to spectators. We only ask that you come with your best cheering skills to give the competitors, dubbed the KGT250, 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. There are fantastic discounted spa offers that weekend for competitors and spectators alike (cheering is hard work too!).
Discounted rates at Mnarani Club for the weekend:
Any night(s) 20th – 23rd September 2019
Bed and Breakfast
Garden rooms B&B @ 5,200 Kes pppn
Creek rooms B&B @ 6,000 Kes pppn
Garden Rooms HB @ 7,000 Kes pppn
Creek rooms HB @ 7,800 Kes pppn
Mnarani Club are also offering a 15% discount on spa treatments the whole #KGT2019 weekend!
For those on a smaller budget, we highly recommend our friends over at Distant Relatives Kilifi Ecolodge and Backpackers, a hugely popular spot for backpackers and holidaymakers 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 dormitory beds to shared bandas or private rooms, a pool and beach volleyball court, a great restaurant and a fully stocked bar, it’s a great option. They can also arrange transportation to and from the venue. Call them on to book +254 702 23 23 23, quoting KGT.
And finally, for those wanting a camp experience in the plantations, our friends at Kivukoni International School are offering a lovely option, with brand new tents, and toilets and kitchen facilities on site. Just 15 minutes away from Mnarani Club. Call or email Saida to book on +254 700 336 515 or firstname.lastname@example.org, quoting KGT.
What to do
Apart from the KGT, there is plenty to do in Kilifi that weekend should you decide to pick yourself up off the sunlounger and venture out your hotel.
Friday 21st September: Renowned Berlin DJ Wankelmut plays a live set at Distant Relatives Ecolodge and Backpackers. For the cheer squads and competitors feeling fit enough to party, this promises to be an awesome night.
Saturday 22nd September: KGT 2018!
Sunday 23rd September: 6am departure for guided walk in Arabuko-Sokoke Forest - free transport from the hotel. Visit this beautiful but endangered tract of coastal rainforest, larger than Amboseli National Park and home to hundreds of rare species. We are fundraising for Friends of Arabuko-Sokoke Forest this year; visit and see where your money is going.
We hope you'll stay in Kilifi after the race to do some of our other favourite Sunday things:
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
Sweet cakes, ice creams and delicious nyama choma at Wild Living Cafe
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.
The SGR runs daily between Nairobi and Mombasa (Mariakani or Miritini) and then you take a taxi or matatu to Kilifi. Mariakani station is slightly easier to exit en route to Kilifi. See http://krc.co.ke/ for more details.