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!
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
Goss & Balfe Sapphire Coast Marathon, Reviewed 25 July, 2019
Nice getaway weekend from Gauteng, route very scenic but not easy. The train journey to the start is unique and add to make it an unforgettable experience
26 October, 2018
Done the 42 twice before, selected the 21 because I m getting older not younger
Sanlam Cape Town Marathon, Reviewed 03 June, 2019
Always well organised. I have run this event 7 times and it has been a different route every single time. It is a flat, city marathon, but the location gives incredible beauty. Definitely one of Afric...
There is a 10KM and a marathon for this event. Why not run the full marathon?
Langebaan Country Estate Weskus Marathon, Reviewed 03 June, 2019
This marathon runs through a national park, with almost no traffic. It is a one way marathon, so you get bussed to the start. It is incredibly beautiful! Mostly flat, though there is a nasty hill at a...
22 March, 2019
It's too beautiful not to do the full marathon!
Knysna Forest Marathon, Reviewed 03 June, 2019
This race has a stunning route through the forest. It is well organised. The start can be VERY cold! The scenery helps to distract you from the very hilly course. This is not a race to expect a PB on!
There is a half marathon and a marathon for this race, the scenery is so beautiful, why would you not do the full?
Knysna Forest Marathon, Reviewed 21 February, 2019
The race is awesome, very well organized with friendly volunteers. The locals are very warm. The events around the marathon are awesome. Knysna is a very cool place with a lots to see. The sponsors ar...
07 July, 2017