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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

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Sanlam Cape Town Marathon

South Africa, Cape Town 17-18 October, 2020

Umgeni Water Marathon

South Africa, Baynesfield 29 March, 2020

Durban City Marathon

South Africa, Durban 05 April, 2020

Wally Hayward Marathon

South Africa, Centurion 01 May, 2020

Pretoria Marathon

South Africa, Pretoria 23 February, 2020

Soweto Marathon

South Africa, Soweto 01 November, 2020

Mandela Day Marathon

South Africa, Imbali 25 August, 2019

South Coast Sapphire Marathon

South Africa, Scottburgh 25 October, 2020

Jacaranda City Challenge

South Africa, Pretoria 10 October, 2020

Knysna Forest Marathon

South Africa, Knysna 04 July, 2020

Langebaan Country Estate Weskus Marathon

South Africa, Langebaan 23 March, 2019

Sani Stagger Marathon

South Africa, The Sani pass 21 November, 2020

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!

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Sanlam Cape Town Marathon

South Africa, Cape Town 18 October, 2020

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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