Running in South Africa

Why trail run in South Africa

South Africa offers an incredible variety of trails, from rugged mountain paths to sandy coastal routes. The diverse landscapes and stunning scenery make it an ideal destination for trail runners of all levels.

When to trail run in South Africa

The best time to trail run in South Africa is typically between April and October, during the country’s dry season. During this time, trails are less muddy and the weather is more favorable for running.

Trail running cities in South Africa

Some popular trail running places in South Africa include the Table Mountain National Park in Cape Town, the Drakensberg Mountains, and the Karkloof Conservancy in KwaZulu-Natal.

Run travel in South Africa

Run adventures in South Africa

Active Africa & Wildrun Africa – Transfrontier Trail Run – Enjoy this multi-stage transfrontier trail run that crosses the border between South Africa and Namibia with a fully-supported five days and 200km. You’ll explore the mountain wilderness of the /Ai/Ais-Richtersveld Transfrontier Park.

Active Africa & Wildrun Africa – Wild Running Holiday – Get to know Nelson Mandela’s birthplace in this multi-stage trail running vacation that covers 68 miles (113km) over 3 days as you run by the untamed coast and grassy headlands of one of the country’s most beautiful regions.

Rogue Expeditions – Run South Africa – Explore and experience South Africa during eight days of running, from its dramatic cliff faces, the way Table Mountain dominates the Cape Town landscape, the soft beaches, rolling hills, and golden sunsets.

Run travel in South Africa in 2023

See which run travel events will be hosted in 2023 in South Africa with our list of updated dates.

Bucket list trail races in South Africa

South Africa is home to some of the most iconic trail races in the world, such as the Two Oceans Marathon and the Otter African Trail Run. These races offer runners the opportunity to challenge themselves on some of the most beautiful and diverse trails in the world, making it a great addition to your trail-running bucket list.

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