FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Everything you need to know about your stay
DO YOU OFFER DISCOUNTS FOR GROUPS?
Yes, we do! Please get in touch with us via email and we give you our best offer depending on your group size and length of stay.
WHAT IS THE MINIMUM STAY
Guests are expected to book for a minimum of 5 nights, although we do make an exception for groups.
WHAT IS THE BEST TIME OF YEAR TO VISIT
Iten has nice weather year round, with day time temperatures ranging from 18 to 25 degrees Celsius and night time temperatures of 8 to 12 degrees. It never gets too cold. The main difference from one month to the other is the amount of rainfall. Due to weather changes and the proximity of Iten (on the edge of the Great Rift Valley) it is hard to predict when the dry and rainy periods will be. However, generally speaking, it is always possible to train.
IS THE ACCOMMODATION SAFE?
Yes. Iten town is a small, quiet, rural town with very low crime rates and is a very friendly safe community. The Lodge is a private, fenced compound with a secure, lockable front gate and is situated away from the main road. There are secure locks on the entrances to the lodge and there are CCTV cameras in the compound.
CAN I BRING MY CHILDREN WITH ME?
Anyone is welcome and you are welcome to bring your children to stay with you. The Lodge has a lush garden with enough space to play and relax, including a slide, swings and a play house for children. However, we as your hosts, will not accept any responsibility for your children during your stay.
HOW FAR AWAY FROM TOWN IS THE ACCOMMODATION?
The Lodge is less than one kilometre from the town centre and just a short jog/walk away from where most athletes meet for their daily training runs.
HOW FAR AWAY ARE THE BEST RUNNING ROUTES?
You can start your runs immediately from outside the gates of The Lodge with access to beautiful running routes right on your doorstep. The famous Iten Fartlek starts approximately 3-4km down the road (most athletes run there from town) and Singore forest (an amazing forest with beautiful trails) is just 3km away too. If you are afraid of getting lost on the trails we can arrange for a local pacer/guide to join you for some of your runs.
IS THERE A TRACK NEARBY?
There is a synthetic track in Iten, approximately 3km away from The Lodge, but most of the local runners use the dirt tracks. Kamariny Stadium (famous dirt track) is approximately 3km away or alternative dirt tracks at Tambach or Chepkoilel are a 20 minute or 30 minute drive away respectively. Many of the local athletes use these three dirt tracks on a regular basis and it is easy to get to any of them.
HOW DO I GET AROUND? IS THERE PUBLIC TRANSPORT?
Iten is a small town and it is easy to get anywhere locally on foot. If you wish to go further afield, such as to the nearby city of Eldoret, or to one of the dirt tracks at Tambch/Chepkoilel for example, then you can either take a bus or use a taxi. There are small buses called matatus which travel from Iten bus station to various destinations. They are cheap and easy to catch. Or you can pay for a private car/taxi with a private driver for your day trips, which is a good alternative if you are travelling as a small group. We have good connections with local drivers who will be happy to help
HOW DO I GET TO THE ACCOMMODATION?
If you are travelling to Iten from outside of the country then you will most likely begin your journey by flying to Nairobi Airport (JKIA). From there you should catch a domestic flight to Eldoret Airport, which is the nearest airport to Iten. There are two main airlines which fly domestically between Nairobi (JKIA) and Eldoret and they are Jambojet and Fly540. You can book flights directly through either of the airline company websites ( or ). Once you arrive at Eldoret Airport you will need to travel by car from the airport directly to our accommodation. For 30 Euros we can arrange a trusted driver to meet you upon arrival so you don't have to worry about arranging this yourself. Simply let us know the time your flight is schedule to arrive at Eldoret Airport and tell us that you require a transfer and we will ensure a driver is there to meet you. The journey time from Eldoret Airport to Iten is approximately one hour.
CAN I GO ON A SAFARI DURING MY STAY?
There are some great parks nearby. Including Lake Baringo where they have amazing lake wildlife such as crocodiles and hippos. A 4 hour drive away is Lake Nakuru National Park, one of Kenya's most beautiful wildlife reserves. If you’re looking for something small, we recommend visiting the Narok waterfall, which is a forty minute drive away, or a hike into the Kerio Valley. We can help you arrange these trips if it is something you wish to do.
IS IT SAFE TO DRINK THE WATER IN ITEN?
Although the tap water in Iten is purified, we do not recommend drinking it. It is safe to use for cooking. The Lodge has water filters that provide clean drinking water.
CAN I MEET TOP KENYAN ATHLETES DURING MY STAY?
When in Iten, it is hard not to meet Kenyan top athletes. The roads and dirt tracks are accessible for everyone, so you will share them with hundreds of Kenyan elite runners. Generally speaking, the local runners are very easy to approach and allow others to join their training.
I SAW THAT HUGO IS A RUNNING COACH, IS COACHING INCLUDED IN MY STAY?
Coaching is not included in the cost of your stay. However, Hugo does offer online coaching as a separate service. Head to www.trainsmarterrunfaster.com to find out more
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