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

Stories from South Africa

April 23, 2020

Cape Town City Running Tour with Run Cape Town

Gemma enjoyed a Cape Town City Running Tour with Run Cape Town recently, and this is her experience. An early […]
April 7, 2020

Message from the Comrades Marathon Association Chairperson

Comrades Marathon 2020 is fast approaching and with the current coronavirus situation facing Comrades athletes, the Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) […]
January 29, 2020

Run Comrades Marathon 2020 with Africa Marathons

With Comrades Marathon being less than five months away and with our entries selling like hotcakes, we suggest you get […]
Let’s give the running chat a break shall we and talk BRUNCH 🍳 because let’s me honest, when we’re running that marathon our mind mainly goes to what we plan to enjoy afterwards.

Some of our favourite Cape Town spots as followed:
@noahhouse_capetown (currently closed - working on a new concept)

Whilst we mostly head there for the races, there’s no denying Cape Town’s incredible culinary scene so be sure to scoot into some of the places above. Whatever it takes to come alive eh?!
When you hear about @capetownmarathon course changes.​​​​​​​​
Are we right Francois?
Two Oceans is renowned for being fast and furious, especially if you’re @carlamolinaro going for a podium spot. Lucky for us, she loves what we do and has agreed to share some tips, straight from the strict training programme and mind blowing averages paces tongue. Over to you Carla...

(Oh and p.s if you want to land and that start-line as strong as you can be, check out my @scyforrunners app and use code AM10 for 10% off your membership!)
“I was blown away by the level of service I received from the company, from my initial enquiry to the trip itself, every step of the way I received a truly outstanding service.”
If words like that don't have you ready to join us at Comrades 2024, we don't know what will. Thanks for the glowing review Craig - we hope to see you back soon.
Did you hear? The Cape Town marathon course just got flatter, and with it a whole lot faster.

Who'll be ringing that PB bell 🔔 this year?

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!