Comrades Marathon 2025

Nights
5
Date
8 June 2025
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Comrades Marathon 2025

You can overcome any obstacles with Marathon Tours & Travel, trusted by Comrades Marathon as the only Official International Tour Operator,  meaning our team are with you every step of the way.

The 2025 event has not been confimed yet but we expect it to be a DOWN RUN on Sunday 8 June 2025 which will be the 98th running of the Comrades Marathon. DOWN RUN will start in Pietermaritzburg and finish in Durban. The race distance approx. 89kms. First run in 1921, this marathon is a personal challenge of mind and body, for which you have 12 hours to finish. The course is famous for endless hills in impressive scenery, as well as camaraderie, unique traditions and its history. It’s an event you will not forget and truly is life changing.

Here at Marathon Tours & Travel you are our number one priority. We recognise that the Comrades Marathon is the pinnacle for every runner and the Ultimate Human Race. Our Product Manager, Marie Howarth, has completed both the Up and Down runs and together with an excellent support team, we offer a wealth of advice and experience to ensure your trip successful and stress-free. Our expert team will be there to make sure you arrive at the start fresh and ready to run after a very short transfer and will be there at the start and finish to assist. We offer a choice of packages and expect our COMBO package to sell first; this package includes a night in Pietermaritzburg meaning no long transfer after the race! Both our Comrades packages include a not-to-be-missed party hosted by the ‘The Comrades King’ and 9 times Comrades winner, Mr Bruce FordycePackages can be sold with or without guaranteed race entry.

After Comrades we suggest you add some extra days to your trip and enjoy a holiday in Africa. It’s such a beautiful continent to explore. More details to come soon.

INTERNATIONALS PRE-REGISTER NOW FOR 2025

If you reside in Australia please contact our Australian office to book.

If you reside in North America please contact our USA office to book.

You don’t have to wait to guarantee your Comrades Marathon 2025 place. Pre-register right now to get priority access to our Comrades Marathon 2025 packages when we release them ahead of anyone else.

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Meals Included

Meals Included

Daily breakfast & dinners as per itinerary

Guide

Guide

Guidance & support from our expert team with group activities; stretch sessions, shake-out runs

Transfers

Transfers

Return Durban Airport & race day transfers

Trip Extension

Trip Extension

Various extension trips are available or extend with the Big Five Marathon

Accommodation

Accommodation

Excellent accommodation on Durban beachfront.

Entry

Entry

Guaranteed International or Africa Comrades Marathon entry available

Celebration Party

Celebration Party

Celebration lunch and after party with 'The Comrades King', Mr Bruce Fordyce

Excursions

Excursions

Comrades Route Tour (guided by double green number Comrade), Half day sightseeing tour of Durban with expo visit

A Helping Hand

A Helping Hand

Access to recovery boots and/or massages pre and post-race

Worldwide Events

Worldwide Events

Trusted by the race organisers as their only Official International Tour Operator

Medal Bling

Medal Bling

The smallest but coolest medal ever!

Travel Package Information

  • Itinerary

    • Comrades Marathon Package/5 Nights/6 - 11 June 2024

      Thursday 6 June 2024
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      2025 details are not yet available. Please pre-register for 2025

      Durban is the place to stay leading up to the Comrades Marathon! Home of the Expo and where you can experience the pre-race excitement as throngs of runners fill the city each year and bring the gees (vibe). Add to this quality accommodation with exhilarating sea views and an itinerary with activities, guidance and support you will not regret your decision to book with us, the official Comrades Marathon Tour Operator. Our team will be available every day to offer a wealth of advice and experience to ensure your trip is successful and stress-free. For this package your entire stay will be in Durban.

      Arrival & Shake Out Run

      On arrival at Durban King Shaka Airport (DUR) you will be met and transferred to your hotel, Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani Hotel in Durban, which is approximately a 45-minute drive. Usually, hotel rooms are ready to check in after 14:00pm. If you arrive earlier, you can leave your luggage with the hotel and explore your surroundings. Our hotel has a beautiful swimming pool and areas to relax and enjoy the sea views.

      Later today we invite you to join your Marathon Tours & Travel team in the hotel lobby before leaving for an optional shake-out run. It will acquaint you with the local area and shake-out any travel tiredness. The run will be easy and at a pace comfortable for all fitness levels. A perfect opportunity to ask questions and get to know fellow runners. The rest of the day is at your leisure to relax.

      Massages will also be available this afternoon and evening (at an additional cost).

      Overnight at Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani Hotel in Durban.

      Friday 7 June 2024
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      Durban Half Day City Tour, Expo, Stretch Session, Shake-out Run, Welcome Reception

      After breakfast, depart the hotel at 09:00am for a half-day sightseeing tour of Durban and the beachfront area. Stops include the iconic Moses Mabhida Stadium, built for the Football World Cup in 2010, the tranquil Durban Botanic Gardens and the bustling Victoria Street Market, known for its fragrant spices and souvenirs. You can expect to hear of the local history, culture and people and experience panoramic city views. Stop for some photo opportunities as we drive by the harbour, beachfront and the many historical buildings of the city of Durban.

      The tour is designed to allow for a full experience of Durban, in comfort, without much walking! The tour will finish at the Comrades Marathon Expo so you can pick up your race kits. Lunch can be purchased at the Expo, after which we invite you to shop and enjoy the vibe before making your way back to your hotel (approx. a 20-minute walk).

      Massages will also be available this afternoon (at an additional cost).

      This evening at 17:30pm please join us for a Welcome Reception that will take place at the Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani Hotel or a venue close by. Our expert team will guide you through the weekend’s itinerary, answer any questions you may have whilst you meet your fellow runners and enjoy a selection of food and drinks.

      Overnight at Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani Hotel in Durban.

      (Breakfast and dinners included)

      Saturday 8 June 2024
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      Private Comrades Course Tour, Pre-race Dinner

      This morning we recommend you get up and join the North Beach Park Run. It’s a free organised community run which starts approximately 1km from our hotel and navigates a scenic, flat 5km loop along the beachfront. The atmosphere is amazing. If you don’t want to run, just walk across the road to the beachfront and join in or watch the throngs of runners as they sing, dance and run past.

      After breakfast, please join us at 09:30am for our private Comrades Course Tour. The coach tour will include stops at Comrades House Museum in Pietermaritzburg, the Wall of Honour and Arthurs Seat and gives runners valuable race insight, allowing you the opportunity to preview the route whilst sitting in the comfort of our luxury coach.

      If you prefer, you can spend the day in Durban instead and at your leisure.

      Later today, we will host a Marathon Tours & Travel stretch session either on the beach or in the hotel surrounds to ease those travel-weary muscles whilst at the same time soaking up the sunshine and enjoying the sea views.

      Massages will be available today to pre-book (at additional cost).

      Tonight, we will gather for the pre-race dinner at the Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani Hotel or a venue close by.

      Overnight at Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani Hotel in Durban.

      (Breakfast and dinner included)

      Sunday 9 June 2024
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      Race Day!

      The day you have been training for is finally here! Grab & Go Breakfast will be available. Starting from 4am our private transport will shuttle runners to the starting area in Durban. This is a 10 minute journey with guidance from our team, to ensure you arrive in your starting corral in good time and without travel stress.

      The Comrades Marathon 2024 finishes in Pietermaritzburg. After finishing the race, meet the Marathon Tours & Travel team at the designated location (TBC), we will look after you until you leave. Your transfer back to Durban will take approximately 2 hours, take this time to rest and hydrate. Durban is approx. 48 miles (77km) distance from the finish at Scottsville Racecourse, so if you prefer a shorter transfer post race then please book our COMBO package instead. We understand how tired you will feel after a long time on your feet, meals can be purchased at one of the restaurants or take the opportunity to order meals for delivery! Relax, you deserve it.

      We understand that family and friends that are not running also want to share the excitement. We can suggest a service (at an additional cost) that takes people to spectate on the route.

      Overnight at Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani Hotel in Durban.

      (Breakfast is included)

      Monday 10 June 2024
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      Lunch & Celebrations

      Enjoy a leisurely breakfast, and morning at your leisure.

      Today we will meet to celebrate at a restaurant along the beachfront from 12:00pm until 18:00pm. Bruce Fordyce, 9 times winner and Comrades Legend will host the party. You can expect music, live entertainment (Bruce has some fabulous stories and is a great host), a spectacular buffet lunch, sunshine, sea views and a chance to share your Comrades experience. Your meal includes your choice of a glass of wine, beer or soft drink. Any further drinks can be purchased. It’s always a lot of fun and if we’re lucky we may just have some Comrades winners past or current to pop by (not guaranteed).

      You can expect food, great sea views, lots of laughs and celebrations with your running peers and companions.

      Massages will also be available this evening (at an additional cost).

      Overnight at Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani Hotel in Durban.

      (Breakfast and lunch/party is included)

      Tuesday 11 June 2024
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      Departure Day

      Today is departure day. Unless you have booked extra nights or an extension trip with us, please check out of your room before 11:00am.

      Your airport transfer (approx. a 45-minute drive) to Durban King Shaka Airport is included. Departure times will be shared on-site and will coincide with your given flight arrangements. Safe travels and we hope you enjoyed your Comrades Experience!

      (Breakfast included)

      Itinerary subject to change.

       

       

  • Extensions

    • 2025 details are not yet available. Please pre-register for 2025

      Extensions within Africa post-Comrades Marathon 2024 are offered; such as a private game reserve, the luxurious Rovos Rail and Victoria Falls, or why not get your running kit back out and book for the Big Five Marathon!

       

      THANDA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE | 11 – 14 June 2024

      Rates from £1115 per person – please refer to our Packages & Rates section for more details

      Thanda Safari is a world of wilderness and wildlife game reserve, matched with a deep commitment to Zulu culture and environmental conservation. Thanda means ‘Love’ in the language of the Zulu people, and Thanda Safari lives this ethos in the management of its 14,000-hectare reserve, its three unique properties, and its community partnerships. Experience the ultimate safari and game lodge experience with Thanda Safari, which has repeatedly been named the World’s Leading Luxury Game Reserve Lodge or sleep under the African skies in a luxury tent.

      Thanda Private Game Reserve 3 Nights Extension Package (11th – 14th June, 2024) Includes:

      • 3 nights’ accommodations at Thanda Private Game Reserve
      • Transfer from Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani Hotel in Durban to Thanda Private Game Reserve
      • All meals and selected local beverages (soft drinks, house wines, local spirits and beers)
      • Mini bar and Wi-Fi in public areas
      • 2 game drives per day with professional guide and tracker
      • Bush walks with specialist walking guides (Lodge guests only)
      • Transfer from Thanda Private Game Reserve to Durban Airport
      • Tips for guides, drivers and general staff
      • Conservation Levy

      NOTE: Extensions are guided by Marathon Tours & Travel (MTT) staff based on a minimum number of sales. Thanda Private Game Reserve will look after you and MTT staff will be available via telephone if sales do not reach a minimum number.   

      Please refer to the last day of itinerary for flight recommendations.

      Families with children are welcome but some restrictions apply, depending on child age. Please contact us for availability and more details.

      Itinerary

      Tuesday 11 June 2024

      After breakfast, we will depart from the Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani Hotel in Durban to Thanda Private Game Reserve. The group transfer will be an approximately 3-and-a-half hour drive along the Indian Ocean. After arriving to your suite or experiential non electrified/solar powered luxury tent, you will depart for your first game drive (approx. 16:00PM) in four-wheel Land Rovers. An early morning or late afternoon safari is the best time to look for the Big Five. With 14,000 hectares to explore and led by experts of the African bush, you’ll see an incredible range of animals, including cheetahris, hyaenas, giraffes, warthogs and abundant bird and plant life.  (Lunch and Dinner included)

      Wednesday 12 and Thursday 13 June 2024

      Today is an early morning wake-up (06:00AM) with coffee available before departing for your morning game drive. This is a great time to view many animals visiting the water holes and/or predators hunting for its day food. We will return around 09:00AM for breakfast and spend the middle of the day relaxing and/or enjoying optional activities such as bush walks that you can book on site. We will head out for our last game drive at 15:30PM and return for dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included)

      Friday 14th June, 2024

      We recommend flying from local Richards Bay Airport (90 minutes drive) or King Shaka International Airport (3-hour drive) in Durban so that you can connect with your international flight home. After breakfast, we will depart Thanda Safari Lodge for the group transfer to Durban King Shaka International Airport. We expect to arrive between 13:00PM and 14:00PM. Please keep this in mind when booking your flights. If the group transfer does not suit your plans or should you need a transfer to Richards Bay Airport, we can arrange a private transfer. Please contact us for the additional cost. (Breakfast included)


      NEW FOR 2024

      PRETORIA & VICTORIA FALLS | 11 – 14 June 2024

      Rates from £1385 per person – please refer to our Packages & Rates section for more details

      The cosmopolitan city of Pretoria, also known as ‘Tshwane’, is situated in the province of Gauteng and functions as one of three capitals of South Africa. Pretoria has been dubbed ‘The Jacaranda City’, owing to the annual bloom of magnificent purple blossom trees that adorn the wide avenues of the city. Discover several historic monuments, fine government buildings, and fascinating museums, and explore several interesting cultural sites. The Transvaal Museum is a natural history museum showcasing an ancient dinosaur fossil found at the nearby Cradle of Humankind; the Pretoria Botanical Gardens offers visitors a glimpse of different biomes, and the Voortrekker Monument is a famous National Heritage Site. Don’t miss the nearby Austin Roberts Bird Sanctuary as well as the beautiful Wonderboom and Groenkloof Nature Reserves.

      Victoria Falls is one of the world’s most impressive waterfalls. It is set on the magnificent Zambezi River which creates the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. These spectacular falls can be easily visited and viewed from the Zimbabwean side. Considered to be the world’s widest waterfall, Victoria Falls measures an impressive 1708 metres in width. The small town of Victoria Falls, which lies adjacent to the waterfalls, serves as a great base from which to explore the many attractions this area of Zimbabwe has to offer. The surrounding area provides a wide range of adrenalin-filled activities for adventure lovers. Visitors can look forward to an array of wonderful activities including scenic flights, micro-lighting, white water rafting, bungee jumping, kayaking, and once-in-a-lifetime expeditions into the incredible Chobe National Park.

      Pretoria & Victoria Falls 3 Nights Extension Package (11th – 14th June, 2024) Includes:

      • 1 nights’ accommodation at Court Classique Suite Hotel, Pretoria
      • 2 nights’ accommodations at Victoria Falls Hotel
      • Transfer from Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani Hotel in Durban to Durban Airport
      • Economy class flight from Durban to Johannesburg
      • Transfer from Johannesburg Airport to Court Classique Suite Hotel via tour of Pretoria
      • Breakfast daily
      • Lunch and Dinner in Pretoria
      • Transfer from Court Classique Suite Hotel to Johannesburg Airport
      • Economy class flight from Johannesburg to Victoria Falls
      • Transfer from Victoria Falls Airport to Victoria Falls Hotel
      • Sunset Cruise on the Zambezi River, including river usage fees
      • Guided tour of the Falls (Zimbabwe side), including park fees
      • Transfer from Victoria Falls Hotel to Victoria Falls Airport
      • Taxes and VAT (15%)

      NOTE: Extensions are guided by Marathon Tours & Travel (MTT) staff based on a minimum number of sales. A local guide will look after you at key times and MTT staff will be available via telephone if sales do not reach a minimum number.   

      Please refer to last day of itinerary for flight recommendations.

      Families with children are welcome. Please contact us for availability and more details.

      Itinerary

      Tuesday 11 June 2024

      After an early breakfast, we will depart from Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani Hotel in Durban to Durban King Shaka Airport. After arriving you will check-in and board your flight to Johannesburg. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your vehicle for a tour of Pretoria, the administrative capital of South Africa, also known as Jacaranda City. Interesting sites visited on the tour are the Voortrekker Museum, Kruger House, Church Square, Unions Buildings and passing by the President’s office. Lunch will be enjoyed at one of the local restaurants before we continue to Court Classique Suite Hotel. After room check-in, you can relax and freshen up before meeting for dinner. (Lunch and Dinner included)

      Wednesday 12 June 2024

      After breakfast, we will depart from Court Classique Suite Hotel to Johannesburg Airport (journey time approx. 40 minutes). After arriving you will check-in and board your flight to Victoria Falls. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to the Victoria Falls Hotel (journey time approx. 20 minutes). At 15:45PM we invite you to enjoy a sundowner cruise on the Zambezi River. The Zambezi Sunset cruise is a superb way to relax and enjoy the spectacular beauty of the Zambezi River. There are great photo opportunities against often-spectacular African sunsets. Flocks of birds skim the waterline as the sun sets behind the African skyline. Clients may have the opportunity to see a variety of game; including hippo, crocodile, and elephant as well as enjoy the many different bird species. The Sunset Cruise is very popular and includes finger snacks, beer, wine, local spirits and soft drinks. Dinner for own arrangements. (Breakfast and Sundowner Cruise included)

      Thursday 13 June 2024

      After breakfast, this morning enjoy a Guided Tour of the Falls on the Zimbabwe side. It’s a truly awe-inspiring experience – the sight, the sound, the smell; the humbling feeling that here indeed is nature’s supreme masterpiece. No photograph can begin to depict the reality…and nothing prepares you for your first sight. The Victoria Falls is estimated to be over 150 million years old, and reaches its zenith in about May each year. En-route, you may be taken past the ‘Big Tree’ where they may stop and take photos. Accompanied through the rainforest by one of the qualified guides who will give a brief history of the falls themselves as well as detailing the flora, fauna, bird & wildlife and other points of interest. Guides are also happy to assist clients with photographs whilst visiting this most spectacular of waterfalls. Raincoats are provided when needed. (Breakfast included)

      Friday 14 June 2024

      We recommend flying from Victoria Falls Airport so that you can connect with your international flight home. Please follow standard check-out procedures before meeting our representative in the hotel foyer who can assist you with transport to the airport (journey time approx. 20 minutes). (Breakfast included)


      PRETORIA & VICTORIA FALLS with ROVOS RAIL | 11 – 18 June 2024

      Rates from £3385 per person – please refer to our Packages & Rates section for more details

      The cosmopolitan city of Pretoria, also known as ‘Tshwane’, is situated in the province of Gauteng and functions as one of three capitals of South Africa. Pretoria has been dubbed ‘The Jacaranda City’, which is owed to the annual bloom of magnificent purple blossom trees that adorn the wide avenues of the city. Discover several historic monuments, fine government buildings, and fascinating museums, and explore several interesting cultural sites. The Transvaal Museum is a natural history museum showcasing an ancient dinosaur fossil found at the nearby Cradle of Humankind; the Pretoria Botanical Gardens offers visitors a glimpse of different biomes, and the Voortrekker Monument is a famous National Heritage Site. Don’t miss the nearby Austin Roberts Bird Sanctuary as well as the beautiful Wonderboom and Groenkloof Nature Reserves.

      Rovos Rail offers 11 exceptional train journeys throughout Southern Africa, and we include the 1400km, 4-nights Pretoria to Victoria Falls journey in this trip. Since its establishment in 1989, Rovos Rail has earned an international reputation for its truly world-class travel experiences. Step aboard the classic wood-panelled coaches and sit back as some of the most varied scenery imaginable unfolds beyond the windows. The beautifully rebuilt trains carry a maximum of 72 passengers in 36 superbly appointed suites. The Rovos Rail train departs from Pretoria and travels north through South Africa, crossing the Tropic of Capricorn and Limpopo River towards Bulawayo, second city of Zimbabwe. During the trip you will see various places of interest and enjoy game drives before arriving to great splendour at Victoria Falls Hotel. With discreet and friendly service, excellent cuisine and a selection of South Africa’s finest wines, Rovos Rail harks back to a simpler, more elegant era encompassing the timeless grace and high romance of African exploration. 

      Victoria Falls is one of the world’s most impressive waterfalls. It is set on the magnificent Zambezi River which creates the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. These spectacular falls can be easily visited and viewed from the Zimbabwean side. Considered to be the world’s widest waterfalls, Victoria Falls measures an impressive 1708 metres in width. The small town of Victoria Falls, which lies adjacent to the waterfalls, serves as a great base from which to explore the many attractions this area of Zimbabwe has to offer. The surrounding area provides a wide range of adrenalin-filled activities for adventure lovers. Visitors can look forward to an array of wonderful activities including scenic flights, micro-lighting, white water rafting, bungee jumping, kayaking, and once-in-a-lifetime expeditions into the incredible Chobe National Park.

      Pretoria & Victoria Falls with Rovos Rail 7 Nights Extension Package (11 – 18 June 2024) includes:

      • 1 nights’ accommodation at Court Classique Suite Hotel, Pretoria
      • 4 nights’ accommodation on the Rovos Rail
      • 2 nights’ accommodations at Victoria Falls Hotel
      • Transfer from Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani Hotel in Durban to Durban Airport
      • Economy class flight from Durban to Johannesburg
      • Transfer from Johannesburg Airport to Court Classique Suite Hotel via tour of Pretoria
      • Transfer from Court Classique Suite Hotel to Rovos Train Station via Cradle of Humankind
      • Breakfast daily
      • Lunch and Dinner in Pretoria
      • All meals and drinks on Rovos Rail (excluding champagne)
      • Sunset Cruise on the Zambezi River, including river usage fees
      • Guided tour of the Falls (Zimbabwe side), including park fees
      • Excursions on Rovos Rail as mentioned in itinerary
      • Transfer from Victoria Falls Airport to Victoria Falls Hotel
      • Taxes and VAT (15%)

      NOTE: Extensions are guided by Marathon Tours & Travel (MTT) staff based on a minimum number of sales. A local guide will look after you at key times and MTT staff will be available via telephone if sales do not reach a minimum number.   

      Please refer to last day of itinerary for flight recommendations.

      Families with children are welcome. Please contact us for availability and more details.

      Itinerary

      Tuesday 11 June 2024

      After an early breakfast, we will depart from Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani Hotel in Durban to Durban King Shaka Airport. After arriving you will check in and board your flight to Johannesburg. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your vehicle for a tour of Pretoria, the administrative capital of South Africa, also known as Jacaranda City. Interesting sites visited on the tour are the Voortrekker Museum, Kruger House, Church Square, Unions Buildings and passing by the President’s office. Lunch will be enjoyed at one of the local restaurants before we continue to Court Classique Suite Hotel. After room check-in, you can relax and freshen up before meeting for dinner. (Lunch and Dinner included)

      Wednesday 12 June 2024

      After breakfast, please follow standard check-out procedures before meeting our representative in the hotel foyer. At 08:30AM – Depart the hotel for Cradle of Humankind. The Cradle of Humankind, one of eight World Heritage Sites in South Africa and the only one in Gauteng is renowned as the place where humankind originated. It is here that the first hominid, Australopithecus, was found in 1924 at Taung in the North West Province by Professor Raymond Dart of the University of the Witwatersrand, and is one of the major tourist attractions in South Africa. The Cradle of Humankind area boasts 13 excavation sites that are recognized as national heritage sites, both internationally and by the South African Heritage Resources Agency. Lunch will be enjoyed at a local restaurant, before being transferred to Rovos Rail Station in time for the onward journey. 18:00PM – Depart Rovos Rail Station, Pretoria. You may wish to freshen up in your suite before joining fellow travellers in the lounge car or observation car at the rear of the train. Travel through Warmbaths (Bela-Bela) – so named for its mineral waters – and Nylstroom (Modimolle), christened by the Voortrekkers as the source of the Nile River as the town’s river happened to be north flowing. Pass the edge of the escarpment where the Highveld drops precipitously. 20:00PM – Dinner is served in the dining cars en-route to Polokwane. Dress: Formal. Please ensure the Train Manager or Administration Deputy is in possession of your passport. (Fully inclusive- all meals and drinks ((excluding champagne)) included)

      Thursday 13 June 2024

      07:00AM – Breakfast is served in the dining cars. The train crosses the Tropic of Capricorn en-route to Louis Trichardt. 13:00PM – lunch is served in the dining cars. Border formalities with South Africa will follow. 16:30PM – Tea will be in the lounge and observation cars. The train crosses the Limpopo River en-route to Beitbridge for border formalities with Zimbabwe. In Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories, the ‘Elephant’s Child’ departs his family for the “great grey-green, greasy Limpopo River, all set about with fever-trees, to find out what the Crocodile has for dinner.” 19:30PMDinner is served in the dining cars en-route to Gwanda. Dress: Formal (Fully inclusive- all meals and drinks ((excluding champagne)) included)

      Friday 14 June 2024

      06:00AM – Breakfast is served in the dining cars until 09:00. The train travels baobab country and ascends to Bulawayo: second city of Zimbabwe, capital of Matabeleland and industrial capital of the country. 12:00PM – Lunch is served in the dining cars. 13:30PM – Transfer (±45 min) to Matobo National Park to see bushmen caves, rock art and the grave of Cecil John Rhodes. 18:00PM – Depart for Sawmills. 19:30PM – Dinner is served in the dining cars. Dress: Formal. (Fully inclusive- all meals and drinks (excluding champagne) included)

      Saturday 15 June 2024

      07:00AM – Breakfast is served in the dining cars until 10:00AM. The train travels between Gwaai and Dete along one of the world’s longest stretches of straight railway line – 114 kilometres – and along the eastern edge of Hwange Park. 13:00PM – Lunch is served in the dining cars. 15:00 PM – Enjoy a game drive in Hwange National Park, the nation’s largest wildlife area at 1,462,000 hectares. 19:30PM – Dinner is served in the dining cars en-route to Thompsons Junction. Dress: Formal. (Fully inclusive- all meals and drinks ((excluding champagne)) included)

      Sunday 16 June 2024

      Please ensure your luggage is ready for collection 15 minutes before departing and that you have your passport. 07:00AM – Breakfast until 09:30. The observation car will be leading the train – a different aspect that our rail enthusiasts enjoy. 10:00AM – Arrive at journey’s end at the incomparable Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. You will be met off the train and assisted to the hotel. 15:45PM – Enjoy a Sundowner Cruise on the Zambezi River. The Zambezi Sunset cruise is a superb way to relax and enjoy the spectacular beauty of the Zambezi River. There are great photo opportunities against often-spectacular African sunsets. Flocks of birds skim the waterline as the sun sets behind the African skyline. Clients may have the opportunity to see a variety of game; including hippo, crocodile, and elephant as well as enjoy the many different bird species. The Sunset Cruise is very popular and includes finger snacks, beer, wine, local spirits and soft drinks. Dinner for own arrangements. (Breakfast and Sundowner Cruise included)

      Monday 17 June 2024

      After breakfast, this morning enjoy a Guided Tour of the Falls on the Zimbabwe side. It’s a truly awe-inspiring experience – the sight, the sound, the smell; the humbling feeling that here indeed is nature’s supreme masterpiece. No photograph can begin to depict the reality…and nothing prepares you for your first sight. The Victoria Falls is estimated to be 150 million years old and reaches its zenith in about May each year. En-route, you may be taken past the ‘Big Tree’ where they may stop and take photos. Accompanied through the rainforest by one of the qualified guides, you will be given a brief history of the falls themselves as well as detailing the flora, fauna, bird & wildlife and other points of interest. Guides are also happy to assist clients with photographs whilst visiting this most spectacular of waterfalls. Raincoats are provided when needed. (Breakfast included)

      Tuesday 18 June 2024

      We recommend flying from Victoria Falls Airport so that you can connect with your international flight home. Please follow standard check-out procedures before meeting our representative in the hotel foyer who can assist you with transport to the airport (journey time approx. 20 minutes). (Breakfast included)

       

      Itineraries are subject to change.

  • Packages & Rates

    • 2025 details are not yet available. Please pre-register for 2025

      Guaranteed Comrades Marathon 2024 Entry 

      We are the only official international tour operator and can offer guaranteed international race entry into the Comrades Marathon 2024. This applies to runners living outside of South Africa. You can buy the entry from Marathon Tours & Travel if you also buy a Comrades Marathon 2024 package from us. All race rules must be adhered to which includes a race qualification time.

      Our Comrades Marathon 2024 Packages

      Marathon Tours & Travel are trusted as the only official international tour operator. Comrades Marathon packages are available for everyone to book. Supporter or runner; we will look after you. Foreign athlete race entry can be purchased if required. Whether you are running or supporting, we have an expert team on the ground to ensure your trip runs smoothly. Our Product Manager is a Comrades Marathon medal holder, having run and finished both the Up and Down runs. Previous clients over the years have returned with fabulous feedback too.

      As many months are invested in training for the event with time spent away from family and friends, our travel packages offer all participants from around the world (runners, supporters, partners, friends, family) the opportunity to share the experience together.

      Durban is the place to stay leading up to the Comrades Marathon! Home of the Expo and where you can experience the pre-race excitement as throngs of runners fill the city each year and bring the gees (vibe). Add to this quality accommodation with exhilarating sea views and an itinerary with activities, guidance and support you will not regret your decision to book with us, the official Comrades Marathon Tour Operator. Our team will be available every day to offer a wealth of advice and experience to ensure your trip is successful and stress-free. For a superior race day experience we recommend our ‘Combo’ package which includes race night in Pietermaritzburg, this means no long transfer after the race, instead we get you where you need to be before and after the race with quick transfers.

      Marathon Tours & Travel COMBO Comrades Marathon 2024 Package includes:

      • Stay at Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani Hotel Durban from 6 – 11 June
      • Stay at StayEasy Hotel Pietermaritzburg 9 June *
      • Daily breakfasts
      • Return Durban Airport transfers
      • Shake-out run & stretch session
      • Half day sightseeing tour of Durban with Expo visit
      • Welcome reception with dinner & drinks
      • Private Comrades course tour
      • Pre-race dinner
      • Transfer from hotel to race start (1.2 miles/2km distance)
      • Transfer from race finish to hotel (5 miles/8km distance)
      • Transfer from Pietermaritzburg to Durban
      • After Party hosted by ‘The Comrades King’ Mr Bruce Fordyce
      • Guidance and support from our expert Marathon Tours & Travel team in South Africa

      *StayEasy Pietermaritzburg only has standard rooms, therefore if you select the superior room option you will receive a superior room in Durban but standard room in Pietermaritzburg.

      Marathon Tours & Travel 2024 DURBAN Comrades Marathon Package Includes:

      • Stay at Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani Hotel Durban from 6 – 11 June
      • Daily breakfasts
      • Return Durban airport transfers
      • Shake-out run & Stretch session
      • Half day sightseeing tour of Durban with Expo visit
      • Welcome reception with dinner & drinks
      • Private Comrades course tour
      • Pre-race dinner
      • Transfer from hotel to race start (1.2 miles/2km distance)
      • Transfer from race finish to hotel (48 miles/(77k) distance)
      • After Party hosted by ‘The Comrades King’ Mr Bruce Fordyce
      • Guidance and support from our expert Marathon Tours & Travel team in South Africa

      Travelling with children or 3 adults wanting to share?

      We do not recommend the Combo tour for small children. Families with children aged 8 years and above can be accommodated on our Durban only package, please contact us for availability and more details.

      2025 is open for pre-registration. More details can be found here.

      Rates
      All prices are per person in UK pounds sterling
      5 nights from Thursday 6th June, 2024Double OccupancySingle Occupancy
      COMBO Durban & Pietermaritzburg Comrades Package - Standard Room£965£1285
      COMBO Durban & Pietermaritzburg Comrades Package - Superior Room * £999£1355
      DURBAN Comrades Package - Standard Room£889£1155
      DURBAN Comrades Package - Superior Room£959£1265
      Optional Extras
      All prices are per person in UK pounds sterling
      Guaranteed Comrades Marathon 2024 Entry (Rest of Africa)£99
      Guaranteed Comrades Marathon 2024 Entry (International)£225
      Extra nights in Durban£ RQ
      Post-Race Extension | Thanda Private Game Reserve | 11th - 14th June, 2024
      All prices are per person in UK pounds sterling Double OccupancySingle Occupancy
      Thanda Luxury Tented Camp - Tent£1115£1415
      Thanda Safari Lodge - Suite£1725£2179
      Post-Race Extension | Pretoria & Victoria Falls | 11th - 14th June, 2024
      All prices are per person in UK pounds sterling Double OccupancySingle Occupancy
      Pretoria – Standard Room | Victoria Falls – Classic Room ON REQUEST£1385£1845
      Pretoria – Standard Room | Victoria Falls – Stable Signature Wing Room ON REQUEST£1579£2235
      Post-Race Extension | Pretoria & Victoria Falls with Rovos Rail | 11th - 18th June, 2024
      All prices are per person in UK pounds sterling Double OccupancySingle Occupancy
      Pretoria – Standard Room | Rovos Rail – Pullman Suite | Victoria Falls – Stable Signature Wing Room ON REQUEST£3385£5069
      Pretoria – Standard Room | Rovos Rail – Deluxe Suite | Victoria Falls – Stable Signature Wing Room ON REQUEST£4389£6585
      Pretoria – Standard Room | Rovos Rail – Deluxe Suite | Victoria Falls – Premium Room ON REQUEST£4679£7139
  • Hotels

    • Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani is an iconic 4* hotel with beautiful views of the Indian Ocean on Durban’s 7km promenade and beachfront. Guests can enjoy a first class experience with a wide range of facilities available, such as 5 restaurants, bars & lounges, a spa and beauty salon, 3 swimming pools, 2 gyms and complimentary Wi-Fi.

      Each guest room is air-conditioned with comfortable furnishings, a tea/coffee station, mini fridge, safe, TV and a queen or king sized bed (sold as single or double occupancy). Twin rooms have 2 double beds.

       

      Award-winning Thanda Safari Game Lodge is a 5-star experience, situated in a private game reserve in the heart of the Royal Zulu Kingdom of Kwazulu Natal, a 3 hour drive from Durban. The world of wilderness and wildlife game reserve, matched with a deep commitment to Zulu culture and environmental conservation. Thanda means ‘Love’ in the language of the Zulu people, and Thanda Safari lives this ethos in the management of its 14,000-hectare reserve and its community partnerships. Experience the ultimate safari and game lodge or camp experience with Thanda Safari, which has repeatedly been named the World’s Leading Luxury Game Reserve Lodge. Whether you choose a suite in the lodge or a luxury tent in the camp, you will fall in love with Thanda.
      Each of the nine suites at Thanda Safari Lodge is approximately 220 square metres in size, decorated in Zulu-Chic style and comprises of an open-plan lounge with fireplace, open-plan bedroom with king size bed, full en-suite bathroom with both indoor and outdoor showers as well as a large oval bath, private viewing deck with stunning views overlooking the reserve, private plunge pool, private boma where meals can be served and a sala (thatched outdoor day bed area).

      The Thanda Luxury Tented Camp comprises of fifteen non-electrified colonial style safari tents providing an authentic rustic bush experience (leaving a smaller carbon footprint). Each tent has an open-plan bedroom with en-suite canvas bathroom with an indoor and/or outdoor shower, as well as a wooden viewing deck. No children younger than 6 years are permitted to stay at this property.

      During your stay you can enjoy three meals per day (breakfast, lunch, dinner), two game drives per day and selected local beverages (soft drinks, house wines, local spirits and beers) – all included in your package cost.

      Extras such as spa treatments can be booked during your stay.

  • Event Information

    • 2025 details are not yet available. Please pre-register for 2025

      Whilst we expect this event to take place on the date shown the exact date will only be announced later. Do not book any flights until confirmed details are known and we have advised you of the package choices.

      About The Comrades Marathon

      The Comrades Marathon 2024 is an iconic race in the world of long-distance endurance running. This ultramarathon is approximately 89 kilometres and run annually in South Africa. Comrades is the world’s largest and oldest ultramarathon race and alternates between the two cities of Durban and Pietermaritzburg each year. At a distance of 56 miles, with several large hills amongst the seemingly endless vistas and stunning scenery, it provides an incredible challenge for any runner.

      Comrades Marathon 2024 details

      Race Date: 9 June 2024

      Race Start: 05:30am in Durban            Race Finish: 17:30pm in Pietermaritzburg          Distance: ULTRA

      This years race is confirmed with a route distance of 85,91km, making this the shortest route distance in Comrades history.

      The Course

      2024 will be an Up Run that will start in Durban, outside the City Hall at 05.30am to the sounds of Chariots of Fire, the famous cock crow and the National Anthem. It’s a long day at the office for many but the experience is second to none. There are lots of challenging hills and enthusiastic support from spectators along the roads. Finish as a hero before cut off at 17:30pm in Pietermaritzburg.

      Temperature

      Conditions are usually perfect for fast times, with expected temperatures ranging from 50 to 65 degrees. Humidity is low. The start is mild, throughout the day it gets warmer and late finishes can see much cooler temperatures as the sun goes down in Pietermaritzburg.

      Back to Back

      2023 saw 16,072 Comrades Marathon runners on the start line and 14,896 finishers, an astounding 92.68% finish rate which is recorded as the highest ever finishing rate in the race’s 102 year history. Any novice who completed 2023 will receive a back-to-back medal in addition to their Comrades Marathon medal when finishing 2024 before the cut-off time.

      Time Limits & Cut-Offs

      The race will have batch wave starts and be timed “mat-to-mat”. The cut-off times for these points will be confirmed in the final race instructions. For more specific information please refer directly to the Comrades website

      Qualification Requirement

      All entrants are required to meet the Comrades Marathon 2024 qualifying criteria. Failure to meet the qualifying criteria will result in your entry being rejected. Generally speaking you need to have completed a standard marathon in a time of sub-4 hours 50 minutes and between the preceding September and May. For more specific information please refer directly to the Comrades website.

      Minimum Age: 20 years old

      Entry Fee 

      Guaranteed entry is available as an additional cost when booked with our package. Entry only is not available.

      Number Pickup:

      You must collect your (2) Comrades Marathon race numbers, FREE runners t-shirt and goodie bag from the venue you have indicated on your entry form. Should you have placed an order for a ChampionChip with your entry form, the chip will be in your race number pack and can ONLY be collected from the registration venue you have indicated. The ChampionChip ordered with the entry form will NOT be issued before registration dates. Should you wish to use your chip for qualifying races before the Comrades Marathon, please contact ChampionChip directly. These items will not be posted to you.

      It is important to note the following when collecting your race number package:

      • All runners MUST produce their ChampionChip when collecting their race number
      • All runners MUST provide proof of identity to collect their race number pack e.g. ID book, Passport or Driver’s License – along with your race entry confirmation.
      • NO race numbers will be issued on race day

      Difficulty:

      Challenging! Ultra-marathon with strict time limit.

      For more specific information please refer directly to the Comrades website.

  • Registration & Booking

    • Conditions of sale

      Please note we cannot sell race entry without accommodation package. Race entry is not refundable.

      If you wish to make any changes to your reservations administration and/or service fees might apply. For our general T&C’s please see here.

      How to book during the pre-booking before package release stage

      To pre-register, click on the book now button, ensuring that you select the correct number of runners. Please read all the important information. If you have any questions please contact us.

      Whilst we expect this event to take place on the date shown the exact date will only be announced later. Do not book any flights until confirmed details are known and we have advised you of the package choices.

      How to book after package options are released

      Our team will contact you, advise package choices with prices and invite you to book a specific package. At this stage you will need to select the correct number of rooms and types for all members in your party plus all the required extras. When you book, we will require a further deposit.

      If you reside in Australia please contact our Australian office to book.

      If you reside in North America please contact our USA office to book.

      Payments

      When you confirm your booking, we will take a deposit payment. Subsequent payments are taken automatically.

      Travel Advice

      The exact date for this event is still to be confirmed. Do not book any flights until confirmed details are known and we have advised you of the package choices.

      Before you travel, check the ‘Entry requirements’ section for South Africa’s current entry restrictions and requirements. Advice for the UK is available here – South Africa travel advice.

      Security Policy

      Marathon Tours & Travel’s security policy requires that anyone staying in our room block must be registered as part of our package. If a registered client attempts to house a non-registered guest and/or invite them to attend any of our scheduled activities, the registered guest’s tour package will be forfeited and parties may be denied access to future tours. Please note that no exceptions will be made as this policy will be strictly enforced.

      Guaranteed Comrades Marathon Entry for International or Rest of Africa Runners

      We are pleased to offer you guaranteed entry for the Comrades Marathon 2024. You can buy the entry at an additional cost if you also buy the accommodation package with us.

      Starting Times and Bib Numbers

      Marathon Tours & Travel are the only official international tour operator permitted to sell official entries for the Comrades Marathon 2024. We have no influence over the allocation of starting times and bib numbers, these are allocated based on strict qualifying criteria.

      Closer to the event we will ask for your expected pace and other details to complete the registration process for the Comrades Marathon 2024. The organisers will allocate you a starting time and bib based on the information you provide. Please refer to qualification rule.

      All race rules must be followed.

      Time Limits & Cut Offs

      The race will have batch wave starts and be timed “mat-to-mat”. The cut-off times for these points will be confirmed in the final race instructions. For more specific information please refer directly to the Comrades website

      Qualification Requirement

      All entrants are required to meet the Comrades Marathon 2024 qualifying criteria. Failure to meet the qualifying criteria will result in your entry being rejected. Generally speaking you need to have completed a standard marathon in a time of sub-4 hours 50 minutes and between the preceding September and May. For more specific information please refer directly to the Comrades website.

  • First Hand Experience and FAQ

    • Tips and MTT first-hand experience!

      Comrades Ultra Marathon is known in South Africa and amongst the running community simply as Comrades and is the world’s largest and oldest ultra marathon. Unsure if you could handle it? Read a first-hand experience of what it’s like to run the Comrades Ultra Marathon from our Product Manager Marie Howarth.

      See below for some more tips and info;

      I ran 30 ultramarathons and these are 10 things I can’t live without

      What it’s like to run your first Comrades Watch a video from a 2023 Comrade, YouTuber ManVMiles (DOWN RUN 2023)

      What it’s like running your first UP RUN Watch a video from returning Comrade, YouTuber ManVMiles (UP RUN 2024)

      Comrades Marathon 2024 Video

      Winter Training Guide.

       

      COMRADES MARATHON 2024 WITH MARATHON TOURS & TRAVEL (MTT) FAQ

      Please pre-register for 2025, 2025 FAQ will be updated later

      What is the main difference between the 2 packages?

      Marathon Tours & Travel 2024 COMBO Package

      For this package we also include a night in Pietermaritzburg after the race, so we bring you back to Durban on Monday morning. This means no long transfers to either the start or from the finish. We get you where you need to be before and after the race quickly.

      Marathon Tours & Travel 2024 DURBAN Package

      For this package your entire stay will be in Durban.

      Both our Comrades packages include accommodation, airport transfers, race transfers, expert support, meals, sightseeing and a not-to-be-missed party hosted by the ‘The Comrades King’ and 9 times Comrades winner, Mr Bruce Fordyce. For the international athlete we offer guaranteed race entry.

      Why should I buy the race entry from MTT and not directly?

      Entries can only be purchased directly within 21 Nov and 11 Dec 2023 – they may close earlier than 11 Dec if the entry limit is reached. The entry limit is 23,000.

      MTT are the exclusive official international tour operator and we can supply Comrades Race entry as an extra cost to the package. We do not charge any more than the fee charged by Comrades Marathon so you might as well let us secure your entry for you.

      Our package choices, prices and inclusions can be found here.

      Our detailed itineraries can be found here.

      Can children join our tours?

      We do not recommend the Combo tour for small children. Families with children aged 8 years and above can be accommodated on our Durban only package, please contact us for availability and more details.

      What category of rooms do we offer?

      In Durban you can choose standard or superior rooms. If you book our COMBO package please be aware that our hotel in Pietermaritzburg only has standard rooms, therefore if you select the superior room option you will receive a superior room in Durban but standard room in Pietermaritzburg.

      Why is the accommodation in Durban and not one of the outlying suburbs?

      In addition to quality accommodation with exhilarating sea views, Durban is the place to stay leading up to the Comrades Marathon 2024! Home of the Expo and where you can experience the pre-race excitement as throngs of runners fill the city each year and bring the gees (vibe). 

      Are the airport transfers organised to suit specific arrival and destination times of our flights?

      Yes, once we have your flight details we will be able to schedule airport transfers according to those times. If there are many guests on the same flights this may mean sharing a transfer with others, though the times will be made to suit your travel plans.

      What is the earliest room check in time at Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani?

      14:00pm

      What is the latest check out time at Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani?

      11:00am

      Will breakfast be available on race day?

      Yes, a grab & go style breakfast will be available on race day. Times will be confirmed on the final instructions.

      What will the massages cost?

      2024 rates are not yet available but for 2023 the costs were;
      ZAR 500 for 60 minutes massage
      ZAR 300 for 30 minutes compression boots
      Bookable and payable directly (cash) – details and appointments will be sent with final instructions.

      What can I expect from the sightseeing tour?

      After breakfast, depart the hotel at 09.00am for a half-day sightseeing tour of Durban and the beachfront area. Stops include the iconic Moses Mabhida Stadium, built for the Football World Cup in 2010, the tranquil Durban Botanic Gardens and the bustling Victoria Street Market, known for its fragrant spices and souvenirs. You can expect to hear of the local history, culture and people and experience panoramic city views. Stop for some photo opportunities as we drive by the harbour, beachfront and the many historical buildings of the city of Durban.

      The tour is designed to allow for a full experience of Durban, in comfort, without much walking! The tour will finish at the Comrades Marathon Expo so you can pick up your race kits. Lunch can be purchased at the Expo, after which we invite you to shop and enjoy the vibe before making your way back to your hotel (approx. a 20-minute walk). 

      What is included in the welcome reception?

      At 17:30pm on Friday our welcome reception will take place at the Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani Hotel or a venue close by. Our expert team will guide you through the weekend’s itinerary and answer any questions you may have whilst you meet your fellow runners and enjoy a selection of food and drinks.

      How do I get to the Expo to collect my race number?

      The sightseeing tour will drop you off at the Expo in Durban. You can easily walk approx. 20 minutes from the Expo to hotel. 

      Is the Comrades Route Tour only for runners?

      No, all MTT clients booked on a package that includes the tour are welcome, which is exclusive to Marathon Tours & Travel. It starts at 09.30am from our hotel and will allow you to preview the route whilst sitting in the comfort of our luxury coach. En-route we will include stops at Comrades House Museum in Pietermaritzburg, the Wall of Honour and Arthurs Seat. It gives runners who have not seen the route before some valuable race insight, but this is personal choice and by no means obligatory. The tour is expected to finish early afternoon. 

      What is included in the pre-race dinner?

      At 17:30pm on Saturday our pre-race dinner will take place at the Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani Hotel or a venue close by. Our expert team will be available to re-cap on the next day’s schedule and answer any questions you may have whilst you eat a nutritious, carb-loading dinner. 

      What can I expect on race day as a runner?

      Breakfast will be available early – expect a Grab & Go Breakfast with all the key elements you would expect for fuelling before an ultra marathon. However, if you have any essential foods please either bring them with you, or notify us before the trip and we will do our best to arrange this with the hotel.

      For those booked on our COMBO package you will need to pack a small overnight bag (max cabin bag size) and leave it with our staff prior to leaving for the race. MTT will take your bag to the hotel in Pietermaritzburg. The rest of your luggage will stay in your Durban hotel room.

      Starting from 4am our private transport will shuttle runners to the starting area in Durban. This is a 10 minute journey with guidance from our team to ensure you arrive in your starting corral in good time and without travel stress.

      The Comrades Marathon finishes in Pietermaritzburg. After finishing the race, meet the Marathon Tours & Travel team at the designated location in the finish area (TBC). We will look after you until you wish to leave.

      For those booked on our COMBO package our hotel is approx. 5 miles (8km) distance from the finish at Scottsville Racecourse, so it won’t be long before you reach the comfort of your room. Staff will be available upon arrival with your bag to check you in at the hotel. We understand how tired you will feel after a long time on your feet, meals can be purchased at one of the restaurants next door or take the opportunity to order meals for delivery! Relax, you deserve it.

      For those booked on our DURBAN package we will direct you to the buses that return to Durban. Due to increased traffic this can take anything from 1 to 3 hours. The later you finish, the busier the roads.

      For the non-runners we can suggest a service (at additional cost) that takes people to spectate on the route, the cost is ZAR 3100 (rands) but as a Marathon Tours client we will provide a code for a discount. Alternatively, non-runners can choose to either stay in Durban on Sunday at their own leisure, or travel with the Marathon Tours & Travel team directly (08:00am) to Pietermaritzburg and meet you at the finish (applies to COMBO).

      Are supporters looked after and included in the activities?

      We welcome supporters on our trips, they are included in all the activities, except the run itself. Family/friends make the experience so much more personal for you as the runner and they get to enjoy the sunshine, as well as seeing you accomplish your dream. We can suggest a service (at an additional cost) that takes people to spectate on the route, the cost is ZAR 3100 (rands) but as a Marathon Tours client we will provide a code for a discount. More details will be provided after you have booked your Comrades Marathon 2024 package with Marathon Tours & Travel. Alternatively, non-runners can choose to either stay in Durban on Sunday at their own leisure, or travel with the Marathon Tours & Travel team directly (08:00am) to Pietermaritzburg and meet you at the finish (applies to COMBO).

      Is there a service for runners to leave their personal drinks and kit essentials on the Comrades course?

      Comrades refreshment tables are very well stacked with refreshments and foods. However if you prefer your own goodies and also want to make use of a flushing toilet at 3 points en-route, we can suggest a service (at additional cost) that provides this for runners. The cost is ZAR 900 (rands) but as a Marathon Tours client we will provide a code for a discount. More details will be provided after you have booked your Comrades Marathon 2024 package with Marathon Tours & Travel.

      Can supporters wait at the finish and see runners finish?

      Yes, the finish is at Scottsville Racecourse in Pietermaritzburg. It’s open and access is free for spectators. The finish area is being reviewed by the Comrades Marathon organisation committee, meaning details of the exact location are yet to be confirmed. However, based on previous years we expect to have a meeting point in or close to the international runners’ tent. 

      What can I expect after I have finished?

      All international runners will be given 2 wristbands and an international tog bag sticker with their race number. The wristband must be worn on race day because it allows access to the international area at the finish.  The international tog-bag retrieval point is also separate from the local runner’s tog-bag collection point, in 2023 it was in the International tent. The 2nd wristband can be given to a supporter. The International tent at the finish is usually the best spot to see runners and provides seating and refreshments.

      What can I expect of the after party?

      You can expect food, great sea views, lots of laughs and celebrations with your running peers and companions.

      It takes place on Monday afternoon at a restaurant a short distance away from our hotel. Bruce Fordyce, 9 times winner and Comrades Legend will host the party. You can expect music, live entertainment (Bruce has some fabulous stories and is a great host), a spectacular buffet lunch, sunshine, sea views and a chance to share your Comrades Marathon 2024 experience. Your meal includes your choice of a glass of wine, beer or soft drink. Any further drinks can be purchased. It’s always a lot of fun and if we’re lucky we may just have some Comrades winners past or current to pop by (not guaranteed).

      What extensions do you offer after Comrades?

      After Comrades we suggest you add some extra days to your trip and enjoy a holiday in Africa. It’s such a beautiful continent to explore. A great value Big Five safari, a luxury train journey or the splendours of Victoria Falls are available. Extra nights in Durban are available on request.

      Flights?

      Flights to/from Africa are not included but clients can be advised as follows.

      Comrades Package Only: Clients should plan to fly in and out of Durban King Shaka International Airport (DUR).

      Comrades Package with the Post-Race Extension to Thanda: Clients should plan to fly in and out of Durban King Shaka International Airport (DUR).

      Comrades Package with the Post-Race Extension to Pretoria & Victoria Falls: Clients should plan to fly into Durban King Shaka International Airport (DUR) and out of Victoria Falls Airport (VFA).

      Comrades Package with the Post-Race Extension to Pretoria & Victoria Falls via Rovos Rail: Clients should plan to fly into Durban King Shaka International Airport (DUR) and out of Victoria Falls Airport (VFA).

      When can I book for 2025?

      2025 is open for pre-registration. More details can be found here.

      All information is subject to change and will be updated and advised with our clients final itinerary and instructions. 

  • Testimonials

    • 2023 Marathon Tours Comrades Marathon Trip

      If you’re sure about doing a race somewhere in the world, but if you’re not sure about how to handle the logistics yourself, then this thoroughly thought through and carefree travel package by Marathon Tours UK is your way to go. You can literally lean back while on the go and focus your race. Big plus, you get to connect with new interesting and fun people.

      2023 Marathon Tours Comrades Marathon Trip

      The Comrades Marathon is a tough challenge and one of those races where the logistics can be as daunting as the race. Marathon Tours & Travel helped reduce the pre-race stress, leaving us to focus on the task and enjoy a magic adventure. It was like being part of a team, well supported at every turn and fantastic to share the experience with others.

      2023 Marathon Tours Comrades Marathon Trip

      I’m very grateful for travelling with Marathon Tours, who helped bring to life my goal – completing the Comrades Marathon. Thank you!

      2023 Marathon Tours Comrades Marathon Trip

      As a spectator, everything was incredibly organized. The staff was over the top helpful.

      2023 Marathon Tours Comrades Marathon Trip

      Thank you to the Marathon Tours team for another amazing experience at Comrades.

      2023 Marathon Tours Comrades Marathon Trip

      The info tour at the race track was super informative for us first time runners.

      2023 Marathon Tours Comrades Marathon Trip

      This was an amazing trip. Thank you for all you did for us this weekend. Upon further reflection the hotel was great as far as location , and staff, It was very quiet and i actually got my best two nights sleep in months the past two days – and a chance to meet Gerda Styne and Michael Wardian too. Great meals (breakfast and also at the grill) and great access to the beach and walkway.

      2024 Marathon Tours Comrades Marathon Trip

      We had a memorable time on our first Comrades… so many unforgettable moments and opportunities…. we met so many crazy runners like us! Great organization by Marathon Tours… We will return next year for our back to back…

      2024 Marathon Tours Comrades Marathon Trip

      Just wanted to say what a great time we’ve had, fantastic adventure, you were all brilliant. You made it all so effortless for us (bar the actual running part!). Lovely to meet so many like minded crazy running fools, no doubt we’ll meet again.

      2024 Marathon Tours Comrades Marathon Trip
      2024 Marathon Tours Comrades Marathon Trip

      I’ve had such an amazing few days with a wonderful group of people. Beautifully organised by the MTT team. Thank you so much.

      2024 Marathon Tours Comrades Marathon Trip

      Thank you for taking such wonderful care of us. You guys made it so easier for us to just focus on the race. Thank you!!

      2024 Marathon Tours Comrades Marathon Trip

      Thanks so much for the great organisation and support while here. It has been ace.

      2024 Marathon Tours Comrades Marathon Trip

      BIG thank you MT team! Above & Beyond!! Epic!

      2024 Marathon Tours Comrades Marathon Trip

      A huge thanks for the MTT team for all their effort, kindness, advice and support. I’ve loved hearing all your stories and I’ll leave feeling the best kind of tired and inspired. And I can’t wait to see you all next year!

      2024 Marathon Tours Comrades Marathon Trip

      Thanks everybody for making this trip so memorable, enjoyed the company and sharing stories. Thanks to all at Marathon Tours for the great organisation and logistics, really enjoyed our experience.

  • Seven Continents Club ®

    • The Seven Continents Club®️ (SCC) offers a unique opportunity for runners to run on all seven continents of the globe, as well as providing numerous benefits to its members. The club operates as a global frequent traveller club for runners, offering waitlist priority for high-demand events, early pre-registration periods for a number of races in popular destinations and tour package vouchers for money off international tour packages. What’s more, Seven Continents Club®️ rewards all its members for the extraordinary achievement of running marathons on each continent with their own special finishers medal and certificate of completion. Join the SCC today!

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