Welcome to South Africa

South Africa is often referred to as a world in one country and it certainly deserves such a title. There are few, if any, places on earth which offer such a diversity of landscapes, cultures, wildlife and activities. There are several marathons and other running events held in South Africa, each of which is pretty extraordinary in its own right. Of those, Africa Marathons have chosen three of the biggest and best events on the calendar for you to enjoy.

Legendary Comrades Marathon

First, the legendary Comrades Ultra-Marathon, the world’s oldest and largest ultra-marathon, with some 20000 runners tackling approximately 90kms in some of South Africa’s most breathtaking scenery. It’s run in KwaZulu-Natal, known as the ‘garden province’, on a route between Durban and Pietermaritzburg in June.

IAAF Gold Standard Cape Town Marathon

Our second, the Cape Town Marathon in September. There are few, if any, better settings for running than Cape Town, truly one of the most beautiful and vibrant cities in the world.

Africa's biggest running event the Two Oceans Marathon

The Two Oceans Marathon dubbed Africa's biggest running event and the world's most beautiful marathon is run annually in Cape Town South Africa on Easter weekend.

The Two Oceans Marathon boasts both a 56km Ultra Marathon as well as the famous half marathon attracting record numbers. There are also a number of fringe races, like a kiddies dash, fun run and a trail run on the Friday preceding the main races.

You can find out much more about them by following the links below. But before you do, we want you to consider making the most of your visit by examining the many other attractions this wonderful country has to offer. Pre- or post-marathon, the options are almost endless. And through our parent company Tailormade Africa, we can offer you exceptional, individually designed itineraries. Here are just a few examples.

Bucket List Items

Race Stories from South Africa

January 1, 2020
Running Table Mountain with Run Cape Town

Table Mountain Trail Run with Run Cape Town

On my recent trip to Cape Town with my running friends, I booked a run tour around Table Mountain with […]
December 18, 2019
Gemma with Run Cape Town

My Year of Running in South Africa

So much has happened this year while running in South Africa. Moving to South Africa in the middle of the […]
December 10, 2019
Nick Bester Africa Marathons Coach

Bester’s Best Tips for the Comrades Marathon 2020 Down Run

The Comrades Marathon 2020 down run, may sound a little easier, but make no mistake it is as difficult if […]

Five Countries, Six Marathons

The founders and directors of Africa Marathons have over 35 years of combined experience in the Africa travel industry. We promote and offer packages to running events in 5 African countries at present.

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Whether you are an experienced or novice runner, looking for a new challenge or simply thinking about visiting the continent for the first time, we would love to speak to you!