Marathons in South Africa...Which One is For You?

Top Upcoming events

Langebaan Country Estate Weskus Marathon

South Africa, Langebaan 23 Mar, 2019

ImpactSA Marathon

South Africa, Johannesburg 16 Dec, 2019

Maritzburg City Marathon

South Africa, Pietermaritzburg 24 Feb, 2019

Marakele Marathon 

South Africa, Thabazimbi 02 Mar, 2019

Weskus Marathon

South Africa, West Coast DC 23 Mar, 2019

Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon

South Africa, Cape Town 19 Apr, 2019

Komatipoort Border Marathon

South Africa, Komatipoort 02 Aug, 2019

Soweto Marathon

South Africa, Soweto, Johannesburg 04 Nov, 2018

Big Five Marathon

South Africa, Lakeside Lodge 22 Jun, 2019

Umgeni Water Marathon

South Africa, Howick

Sani Stagger Marathon

South Africa, Mkhomazi Wilderness area 01 Dec, 2018

Voet van Afrika Marathon

South Africa, Bredasdorp 14 Oct, 2017

Marathons in South Africa...Which One is For You?

See the South African countryside afoot running the vast number of marathons offered in this amazing and inspiring nation. Landscape untouched by modernism, there is nothing but wide open spaces where runners can challenge themselves while seeing nature in the raw. Race through Kruger National Park, being a spectator to the wild, while quietly making your way through the natural habitat. 

For flat and fast runners, there is the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon. Participants hit the town running to see all it has to offer.Touting the greatest Ultramarathon on Earth, the Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon is 7 day affair. It known to push even the most elite marathon enthusiasts beyond their physical limits. Each run is different and offers something unique to beginners and experts alike. 

Marathoners looking for their next great marathon challenge will definitely find the challenge of a lifetime participating in one of the marathons in South Africa! What are you waiting for? Choose the one that inspires you, register and start training today!

What are Best Marathons in South Africa?

When it comes to finding a perfect marathon in Africa, the hardest part is choosing between the many events! All unique and full of sights and scenery that most people only dream of, there is something for every taste. For the newbie trying their hand at a marathon for the first time, traveling to Africa is a great incentive. And for those marathoners who feel as if they have done it and seen it all, they've seen nothing yet until they've seen Africa's landscape!

The Big Five Marathon is one of the best marathons in South Africa and around the globe. Participants come from every corner of the earth to race through the wild, all the while seeing beautiful creatures in their habitat. The course is a mixture of dessert and flat and fast, which makes it a feat for veterans and new runners alike. 

For the beachcomber, the Tortoise Tuff Challenge might not be a full marathon, but it is definitely one of the best marathons in South Africa. Racers make their way across the beach with a backdrop of mountain ranges abound. If you are lucking, you will get a glimpse of the majestic tortoise living in the wild. They are truly a sight to behold!

And for the trailblazer looking for an extreme challenge, the Sani Stagger Marathon is it! Held in the Mkohmaxi Wilderness area, the country is vast, the route is rough, and the competition is high. For the runner looking to push themselves to their limit while immersing themselves in the wild, this marathon is the wildest ride around! Some of the best marathons in South Africa are waiting for you. See amazing things and have a once in a lifetime experience that few people will ever have!

Langebaan Country Estate Weskus Marathon

South Africa, Langebaan

23 Mar, 2019

Good to Know


The official currency of South Africa is the South African rand


To travel to South Africa, you will need a valid passport and a preplanned return ticket


Some vaccinations are recommended when visiting South Africa. Make an appointment with your physician to ensure that you have them and that your shots are up to date!


The best time to visit South Africa is year round. Unlike other regions, the weather is almost always tepid!


If you wish to rent a car in South Africa you will need to have a license that is printed in English. If it is not, then you will be required to obtain an International Drivers License

Things To Think About


If you want to see other attractions while visiting, plan ahead and make reservations!


Does the race you want to participate in have a limit? If it does, consider registering ahead of time!


How long will it take you to train for a marathon? Give yourself enough time so you aren't left scrambling


If you are going to do an extreme run or a dessert one, consider different modalities of training to finish the race


A safari trip might be expensive, but to see the vast countryside, it is well worth it

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