Serengeti Safari Marathon (SSM) is the most unique event in the world of athletes, joggers, tourists and general public as it’s the only marathon in Tanzania which is conducted inside the Serengeti National Park. The marathon is organised by private individuals who are gurus in events organisation in the field of Conservation and Tourism in partnership with their main partners; Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA) and Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB).
The event is falling under the category of, “Sports Tourism”. It’s the dream of he organisers to see this concept expanding into other activities and attractions in the efforts of promoting the category in “Destination Tanzania”. The organisers are quite happy with the growth of this segment as seen other organisers conducting a marathon this year inside Burigi-Chato National Park of which the end result is the high impact in the tourism sector in the country. This is a new activity which is included in the safari itineraries for Tour Operators. Our international runners are linked to all Tour Operators Associations (TATO, HAT, KIATO, TACTO, TTGA) websites in Tanzania to choose their preferred safari company.
Starting Point is located inside Serengeti National Park along the road from Seronera to Ndabaka Gate covering four (4) categories of races. The races will combine both rough and tarmac terrains with different routes each one with large part conducted inside the Serengeti National Park. All races are running towards the shores of Lake Victoria with Finishing Point at Ndabaka Gate.
The marathon is attracting runners and spectators from all areas of East Africa and the whole world in general. The international and local tourists are getting an exceptional platform to experience the amazing nature and tourists’ attractions found in Tanzania. SSM Team is working together with other Partners in the form of Sponsorship in making this event a very successful one in achieving their core objective of improving Sports, Business, Conservation and Tourism Awareness locally and globally.