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The Race

Where do we ride?

NEW For 2024

Migration Gravel Race is excited to offer two race options this season!

  • The Leopard/Pro Course is the traditional race course that we have used for the last 3 editions. 650KM, 8000m+
  • The Zebra/Amateur Course rides the same breathtaking course, but with less climbing and kilometers 475KM, 4000m+
  • Don’t be fooled, both courses will challenge you, wow you, and ultimately leave you a different person.

MGR Basecamp to Maji Moto

Stage 1



Shamba (village) day. Course starts off with hard rocky section for roughly 40-50km (think Paris-Roubaix on rocks). Pass through shambas, and at around KM70 you’ll find the checkpoint for the stage. Second half of the stage is notable for very strong headwinds and mild cobbled track. In heat, be sure to stay properly hydrated. If you are familiar with the CyclingTips gradient scale, think between type 4/5 gravel for much of the day.

Maji Moto to Wild Campsite

Stage 2



This stage is hard. A TdF climbing stage on gravel. The route starts with a 30km flat section then proceeds to climbing for much of the remainder. You enter the wildlife areas on the second half of the ride. Rangers will be on hand at the earliest points to ensure that the climbs are clear of elephants. (Yes, you read that right ;). Climbing will take competitors to the top of the escarpment at roughly 2800m. Route passes thorough shamba land high on the mountains. Visibility can sometimes be limited by low hanging clouds, etc. Be prepared for rain. In heavy rain, mud (black clay) may be a factor. Shoes should be good enough to hike a bike in. After checkpoint, roughly 100km remain of climbing and descending. This will be an all-day stage for most competitors so be sure to stay properly hydrated and fed. Snacks will only be provided at checkpoint so plan accordingly.

Loita to Nibosho

Stage 3



Reward for completing the first two stages. Stage three starts with hard pack black gravel and traverses over wide open savannah. Plains animals (wildebeest, zebra, gazelles, etc.) are likely to be seen in abundance. Compared to previous two days, this is a fast stage with gravel conditions the best for speed in the entire race. Watch out for all bridge crossings. Bridges tend to be at the bottom of descents (meaning you may be travelling at high speeds) and almost all have hidden dips or holes not visible until you come upon them. For this reason, descend with extreme caution (holds true for entire race).

Nibosho to Bandas

Stage 4



The grand finale. On the fourth and final stage, competitors will be treated to a vast array of wildlife through the morning as the race courses through some of the most pristine landscapes in the Mara. This stage can be very hot on the plains so make sure you carry enough water. Rangers will be on hand for the more densely populated animal zones – particularly in the first 50km of the race. Those who manage to complete this epic race will be welcomed home by all manner of creatures as you ride under the MGR finishing banner.


06.30 AM
07.30 AM
Race start.
07.00 PM
Race closes.
07.00 PM
Post-Race Party Begins.
08.00 PM
BBQ, Bonfire, and award ceremony.

Mandatory Equipment

  • GPS Mapping Device (we recommend non-touch screens like the Wahoo Roam)
  • Tracking/timing device (to be provided as rental from MGR organization)
  • Capacity to carry 3 liters of water. Feel free to use extra bottle cages and/or camelbacks (temperatures can reach up to 30+ degrees Celsius).
  • Mobile phone with local SIM card or roaming capacity (there is 3G coverage for most of the race)
  • Helmet and gloves (gloves are really necessary)
  • Bike repair tools and spares (you are responsible for your own maintenance on the road)
  • Travel and AMREF insurance (more on that below)
  • Waterproof rain jacket
  • Basic emergency kit with band-aids, paracetamol, gauze, etc.
  • Sleeping bag
  • Lion spray (joking)

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