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

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 ... Continue Reading

Big Five Marathon

South Africa, Lakeside Lodge 22 Jun, 2019

Knysna Forest Marathon

South Africa, Western Cape 29 Jun, 2019

Komatipoort Border Marathon

South Africa, Komatipoort 02 Aug, 2019

Soweto Marathon

South Africa, Soweto, Johannesburg 04 Nov, 2018

Mandela Day Marathon

South Africa, Pietermaritzburg 25 Aug, 2018

Goss & Balfe Sapphire Coast Marathon

South Africa, Scottburgh 28 Oct, 2018

Langebaan Country Estate Weskus Marathon

South Africa, Langebaan 23 Mar, 2019

Township Marathon

South Africa, Johannesburg 25 Feb, 2018

Durban City Marathon

South Africa, Durban 15 Apr, 2018

Wally Hayward Marathon

South Africa, Centurion 01 May, 2019

SABS Jacaranda City Challenge

South Africa, Pretoria 12 Oct, 2019

Sani Stagger Marathon

South Africa, Mkhomazi Wilderness area 23 Nov, 2019

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!


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


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


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

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!

Good to Know


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


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


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


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 official currency of South Africa is the South African rand

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