The world's most famous ultramarathon was established in 1921 as a live memorial to the fallen soldiers from South Africa in World War I. Every South Africa distance runner aspires to capture the coveted finisher's medal by completing the course under the strict limit of 12 hours. Marathon Tours & Travel is proud to be one of the officially recommended travel agencies working directly with the organizing committee.
The approximately 89K runs from Pietermaritzburg to Durban in the even numbered years and from Durban to Pietermaritzburg in the odd numbered years. The 2017 race is the UP RUN and known for the “Big Five Hills”.
South Africa is one of the world's great travel destinations. Its multi-cultural heritage and outstanding natural attractions offer excellent post-race options to safari in world-class Kruger National Park or explore the history and vineyards of Cape Town.
Ann, our Comrades Trip Designer can personally customize your itinerary and provide you the little details that will make your visit to the Comrades Marathon and South Africa a safe and memorable journey.
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Cape Town and the Commodore Hotel was very nice. The staff was pleasant and the location excellent as it was only blocks to the V & A Waterfront, the shops and restaurants. I was able to walk there by myself in the dark, something I couldn't do in Durban. The tour company was excellent and early for the pickups at the hotel. The full day tour of the Cape was excellent and well worth it, even though we had a lot of distance to travel. It was a good way to see the suburbs of Cape Town. I would recommend it.
The Comrades Marathon is a very special race in a beautiful part of South Africa. I also really enjoyed the Kruger extension. Seeing wildlife in their natural habitat is a once in a lifetime experience.