Cape Town Marathon

Nights
from 4
Date
October 20, 2024
  • 10k
  • Marathon

If you have questions regarding Marathon Tours & Travel’s Cape Town Packages please: EMAIL OUR TRIP DESIGNER or CALL 617-242-7845

Cape Town’s history is long and storied. It is a city with unrivalled culture and diversity, boasting a heady mix of old and new. Nothing speaks to this more than the iconic attractions made up of Cape Point, City Walk, Groot Constantia, Kirstenbosch, Robben Island Museum, Table Mountain Cableway and V&A Waterfront, that form the core of the Mother City.

The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon has a vision of becoming one of the rare Abbott World Marathon Majors as it believes that it is the ideal host for an iconic African city marathon. The marathon organizers mission is to deliver a prestigious, sustainable, all-inclusive city marathon event that brings together world runners from elite athletes to wheelchair racers, as well as social and first-time runners, for an exceptional, world-class marathon experience. It is the only AIMS gold label marathon in Africa.

Choose from a range of full day options: Tour of the winelands of Stellenbosch, the Drakenstein Mountains and Paarl; Tour the spectacular coast on your way to the Cape of Good Hope at the tip of Africa; or cage dive with great white sharks. A trip to South Africa would not be complete without a visit to a safari lodge to game view, dine and relax after your races.

Meals Included

Meals Included

Daily breakfasts included with accommodation

Trip Extension

Trip Extension

Extra nights are available upon request

Accommodation

Accommodation

Four (4) nights’ accommodation

Entry

Entry

Guaranteed Cape Town Marathon entry at $150

Celebration Party

Celebration Party

Post race celebration at a local venue

Excursions

Excursions

Half day sightseeing tour included with package

A Helping Hand

A Helping Hand

Hosted on-site by Marathon Tours & Travel

Medal Bling

Medal Bling

Finishers receive a medal, ASICS Shirt & goodie bag

Travel Package Information

  • Itinerary

    • Cape Town Tour with visit to the Winelands /5 Nights/October 16 – 21, 2024

      Wednesday, October 16
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      Arrive at Cape Town International Airport (CPT) and transfer on your own by taxi to the deluxe Radisson Blu Hotel just blocks from the Victoria & Albert Waterfront. Upon arrival you will have the day on your own to acclimate to the city.

      Thursday, October 17
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      Today we will head to the heart of the Cape Winelands, through superb mountain ranges, vineyards and Cape Dutch homesteads. Taking Helshoogte Pass into the Drakenstein Mountains, we visit Tokara Wine Estate at the summit of the pass with breathtaking views below. Enjoy tasting their Premium Reserve Collection before dinning at the restaurant for lunch where Chef Carolize Coetzee prepares a delicious treasure trove of contemporary cuisine inspired by the local countryside and farm produce. We continue our journey into the Drakenstein Valley and the Paarl Wine Route to stop at Fairview Wine Estate for a cheese and wine pairing and time to shop at the Deli.

      When we arrive back you will enjoy a meet and greet with your fellow travelers at Marathon Tours & Travel’s hosted Welcome Reception and Race Briefing. Following you can enjoy dinner at one of the many fine restaurants or bistros along the famous Waterfront. (Breakfast and lunch included)

      Friday, October 18
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      After breakfast, we will depart for a half-day sightseeing tour of this beautiful city including all the ‘must-sees” of Cape Town, which is a geographical and cultural extravaganza. You will see Cape Town, from its historical beginnings to the dazzling modern shopping malls. You’ll also enjoy a cable car ride to Table Mountain where you will be able to get a 360 degree view of Cape Town, Table Bay and the nearby peaks of the surrounding mountains. A stop at the expo to pick up your race kits will be included in the tour. The rest of the day you will have on your own to explore Cape Town. (Breakfast included)

      Saturday, October 19
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      Enjoy a free day to explore Cape Town on your own or consider joining us for Full-Day Cape Point & Peninsula Tour. You can also opt to participate in the challenging 46K or 22K Trail Run or the 10K or 5K Peace Run. In the evening, Marathon Tours & Travel will host a pre-race dinner at the hotel overlooking Cape Town Harbor. (Breakfast and dinner included)

      Sunday, October 20 – RACE DAY!
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      Step outside our hotel and you can see the starting area just 200 meters away. Following the race you will have time to clean up and recharge before joining us at a nearby post-race celebration. (Breakfast included)

      Monday, October 21
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      Enjoy a leisure morning before transferring on your own to the airport for your flight home. For those joining the post-race extension to Shamwari Game Reserve we will have a morning transfer to the Cape Town Airport. (Breakfast included)

    • Cape Town Tour/4 Nights/October 17 - 21, 2024

      Thursday, October 17
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      Arrive at Cape Town International Airport (CPT) and transfer on your own by taxi to the deluxe Radisson Blu Hotel just blocks from the Victoria & Albert Waterfront for your four night stay. Meet your fellow travelers at the Marathon Tours & Travel hosted Welcome Reception and Briefing. Following you can enjoy dinner at one of the many fine restaurants or bistros along the famous Waterfront.

      Friday, October 18
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      After breakfast, we will depart for a half-day sightseeing tour of this beautiful city including all the ‘must-sees” of Cape Town, which is a geographical and cultural extravaganza. You will see Cape Town, from its historical beginnings to the dazzling modern shopping malls. You’ll also enjoy a cable car ride to Table Mountain where you will be able to get a 360 degree view of Cape Town, Table Bay and the nearby peaks of the surrounding mountains. A stop at the expo to pick up your race kits will be included in the tour. The rest of the day you will have on your own to explore Cape Town. (Breakfast included)

      Saturday, October 19
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      Enjoy a free day to explore Cape Town on your own or consider joining us for Full-Day Cape Point & Peninsula Tour. You can also opt to participate in the challenging 46K or 22K Trail Run or the 10K or 5K Peace Run. In the evening, Marathon Tours & Travel will host a pre-race dinner at the hotel overlooking Cape Town Harbor. (Breakfast and dinner included)

      Sunday, October 20 – RACE DAY!
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      Step outside our hotel and you can see the starting area just 200 meters away. Following the race you will have time to clean up and recharge before joining us at a nearby post-race celebration. (Breakfast included)

      Monday, October 21
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      Enjoy a leisure morning before transferring on your own to the airport for your flight home. For those joining the post-race extension to Shamwari Game Reserve we will have a morning transfer to the Cape Town Airport. (Breakfast included)

  • Extensions

    • Shamwari Game Reserve | Three-Night Package: October 21 – 24, 2024

      Shamwari, meaning “my friend” in Shona, is the pinnacle of private game reserves and home to the coveted Big 5, stretching 25,000 hectares over a malaria-free landscape, it offers an award-winning nature experience along with the largest concentration of wildlife in Southern and Eastern Cape.

      Itinerary:

      Monday, October 21

      Transfer from the Radisson Blu to Cape Town International Airport for the one-hour and twenty minute flight to Port Elizabeth. Upon arrival you will be transferred to Shamwari Game Reserve for lunch. Snacks and drinks will be served just before departing for your first game drive (approx. 4:00 PM).  In four-wheel Land Rovers you will explore the expansive 55,000 acre reserve in search of lions, elephants, rhinos, cheetahs, giraffe, eland, buffalo and much more wildlife roaming through the hills and valleys. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

      Tuesday, October 22 and Wednesday, October 23

      Today is an early morning wake-up (6:00 AM) 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 9:00 AM for breakfast and spend the balance of the day relaxing by the pool, going on game walks, and/or enjoying one of the many spa treatments available. We will head out for our last game drive at 4:00 PM and return for our Closing Reception and Dinner. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

      Thursday, October 24

      After breakfast, the group will depart on their own from Port Elizabeth to their connecting flight home.  We recommend flying directly to Johannesburg (JNB) so that you can connect with your international flight home. Please note that your flight from Port Elizabeth to your connecting city is not included. (Breakfast included)

      Optional Tour | Saturday, October 19, 2024

      Full-Day Cape Point & Peninsula Tour | $170​ per person

      This is an awe-inspiring tour to the towering headland known as Cape Point. Magnificent beaches, breathtaking views, and picturesque coastal villages are to be seen along the way. The tour takes you along the Atlantic Seaboard to Hout Bay via Chapman’s Peak to Cape Point, Simon’s Town & the Boulders Beach Penguin Colony.  A stop for lunch will be included with the tour.  (Lunch included)

      Duration: 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM (subject to change) Minimum of 25 Guests (if minimum is not met, pricing is subject to change) – Cape Point & Peninsula Tour​

  • Packages & Rates

    • Cape Town Tour with visit to the Winelands | Five-Night Package: October 16 – 21, 2024

      Features:

      • All features included in the Four Night Cape Town Package (details below)
      • One (1) additional night at the Radisson Blu Waterfront (Wednesday, October 16)
      • Full Day Cape Winelands Tour (Thursday, October 17)

      Cape Town Tour | Four-Night Package: October 17 – 21, 2024

      Features:

      • Four (4) nights’ accommodation at the Radisson Blu Waterfront
      • Breakfast daily at the hotel
      • Complimentary Wi-Fi
      • Welcome cocktail reception (Thursday, October 17 at 6:00pm)
      • Half-Day Sightseeing Tour including admission aboard Table Mountain Cable Car
      • Pre-Race Dinner at the Radisson Blu Waterfront
      • Post-Race Celebration at local venue to celebrate your accomplishments!
      • Hosted on-site by Marathon Tours & Travel
      • All taxes included
      • Guaranteed Race Entry – Additional Cost (Marathon – $150)

      Please Note:

      • Extra nights are available upon request

      Not Included:

      • Race Entry Fee:
        • Marathon – $160
        • 10KM Peace Run – $50
        • 5KM Peace Run – $30
        • 46K Trail Run – $125
        • 22K Trail Run – $115
      • All activities listed as optional
      • Incidentals
      • Travel Insurance (highly recommended)
      • Meals unless noted on the itinerary
      • Gratuities and tips unless noted on the itinerary

      Post-Race Extension to Shamwari Game Reserve | Three Night Package: October 21 – 24, 2024

      • Three (3) nights’ accommodations at the Shamwari Game Reserve
      • Transportation from the Radisson Blu Waterfront to the Cape Town International Airport
      • Airfare from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth (Monday, October 21)
      • Roundtrip transfers from Port Elizabeth to Shamwari Game Reserve
      • Three (3) meals per day (tea, coffee and water)
      • Two (2) game drives per day
      • Local beverages on Game Drive
      • Guided Walks
      • Visits to Educational Centers
      • All taxes and tips are included

      Not Included:

      • Airfare from Port Elizabeth to your connecting international flight on Thursday, October 24.
      • Beverages unless noted on the itinerary
      • Meals unless noted on the itinerary
      • Gratuities and tips unless noted on the itinerary
      • All activities listed as optional
      • Incidentals
      • Travel Insurance  (highly recommended)

      Airfare:

      Cape Town Package Only: Flights should be booked in and out of Cape Town International Airport (CPT) and should arrive on Thursday, October 17, 2024 before 4:00 PM.

      Cape Town and Shamwari Extension: Flights should be booked into Cape Town International Airport (CPT) and back from Port Elizabeth (PLZ).  You should plan to arrive on Thursday, October 17, 2024 before 4:00 PM to ensure that you arrive in time for the Welcome Reception. Plan to depart from Port Elizabeth on Thursday, October 24, 2024 in the mid-afternoon to connect with your international flight home.

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      Rates (all prices are per person and in US dollars)

      Additional nights upon request

      Five-Night Package | October 16-21Double OccupancySingle Occupancy
      Standard Room (non-ocean view)$1500 per person$2275
      Premium Room (ocean view)$1775 per person$2840
      Four-Night Package | October 17 -21Double OccupancySingle Occupancy
      Standard Room (non-ocean view)$1190 per person$1820
      Premium Room (ocean view)$1400 per person$2265
      Optional Tours | Saturday, October 19Rates
      Full-Day Cape Point & Peninsula Tour$160 per person
      Full-Day Winelands Tour$145 per person
      Post-Race Extension to Shamwari Game Reserve
      Long Lee ManorDouble OccupancySingle Occupancy
      Garden Room$3840 per person$4880
      Plains Room$3975 per person$5050
      Manor Suite$4445 per person$5660
      Family Suite$7645 per personN/A
      Bayethe LodgeDouble OccupancySingle Occupancy
      Standard Room$3975 per person$5050
  • Hotels

    • Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel

      Take in the beautiful waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the private marina at the Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront in Cape Town. This seaside hotel is in the city center and is near all the big cultural offerings. The striking ocean views set the stage for a memorable stay in Cape Town. Wake to the sound of gentle waves breaking in the background. The hotel is located within a mile of the start and finish line of the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon!

      Long Lee Manor (Shamwari Game Reserve Extension)

      Overlooking the magnificent plains of Shamwari you’ll find the exquisite Long Lee Manor. This newly redesigned lodge boasts Edwardian styled suites and a stupendous rim-flow pool. Long Lee Manor redefines elegance in nature.

      In addition to the rolling landscapes, the extravagant Long Lee Manor boasts the original Manor House and offers several unique features that will keep you comfortable during your stay.

      Bayethe Lodge (Shamwari Game Reserve Extension)

      Overlooking the magnificent plains of Shamwari you’ll find the exquisite Bayethe Lodge. Bayethe Safari Lodge offers guests the opportunity to immerse themselves in utter tranquility, surrounded by the rich vegetation of the unique location. This canopy paradise provides privacy and a feeling of seclusion with spectacular views of the African bush.

  • Event Information

    • Race Date: Sunday, October 20, 2024

      Race Time: 6:30 AM

      Course: The course begins at Beach Road and runs along a spectacular route where you will take in the famous natural beauty of Cape Town’s mountains and sea, as well as many of the city’s great attractions and will finish at Cape Town Stadium.  The course is ideal for athletes who aim to achieve fast times and for first-timers who want to finish their inaugural marathon.

      Temperature: Average temperatures are between 17 – 20 degrees Celsius (62 to 68 Fahrenheit)

      Entry Fee:

      • Marathon – $160
      • 46K Trail – $125
      • 22K Trail – $115
      • 10K Peace Run – $50
      • 5K Peace Run – $30

      Eligibility: Marathon entrants must be 20 years of age and over

      Time Limit & Cut-Offs: The course has a strict 6 hours and 30 minutes time limit.  The timing is based on gun to gun.  Due to IAAF requirements the race organizers will be strictly enforcing cut-off times in certain locations.  There will be pick up buses for all athletes that do not make the cut-off times at the following points.  Roving pick-ups will also take place.

      • Marathon – Cut-Off Points (subject to change)
        • 8:15 AM – at 10.1km (Center Helen Suzman and Buitengracht Street)
        • 9:40 AM – at 18.7km (Water Station 6)
        • 11:10 AM – at 29km (Water Station 10)
        • 12:20 PM – at 35.9km (Water Station 13)
        • 12:48 PM – at 38.5km (Water Station 14)
        • At Finish Line: 6h30m

      Number Pickup: Time will be organized for the group to stop at the expo to pick up your race number during the city tour. The expo is located at the Century City Conference Centre.

      • Friday, October 18: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
      • Saturday, October 19: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

      Awards: Everyone who finishes the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon will receive a medal, ASICS Shirt and goodie bag

      Difficulty: Moderate.  Fairly flat course with a couple of long hills.

  • Registration & Booking

    • Rates: All prices are based on current exchange rates and may change due to currency fluctuations.  All payments to Marathon Tours & Travel will be processed in USD.

      Reservation and Payments: A completed tour application together with a non-refundable deposit of $500 per person must be received before confirming your reservations. Final payment must be received before July 15, 2024. Final payments received after July 15, 2024 are subject to a $50 late payment fee.  Bookings made after July 15, 2024 will require full payment at time of booking.

      Cancellations: All payments, including your deposit, are non-refundable and non-transferrable.  Non-transferrable includes applying your balance to another person, another year or another trip. Should you cancel for any reason, you will forfeit your trip investment. Therefore, travel insurance for every trip is highly recommended. All cancellations must be received in writing.

      Not Included in Price: All items not specifically listed under tour features.  The race entry fee is additional.

      Insurance: For your protection, trip cancellation, baggage, health and accident insurance is highly recommended for all participants. However, no representation or description of the insurance made by our staff constitutes a binding assurance or promise about the insurance.

      Travel Insurance for U.S. Residents
      Travel Insurance for Canadian Residents

      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.

      Responsibility: These tours are operated by Marathon Tours, Inc. of Chelsea, MA who acts only as an agent for the passenger to the companies offering such services and assumes no liability for injury, damage, loss, accident, delay or irregularity caused by any reason whatsoever by any party offering such services. All terms and conditions offered are governed by the laws of Massachusetts. The right is reserved to cancel the tour prior to departure with a refund, less applicable credit card and processing fees, made as full settlement to the passenger. The right is reserved by Marathon Tours, Inc. to deny acceptance of a booking application by any person. Marathon Tours, Inc. may make any changes or alterations in the itinerary as it deems necessary for the proper handling of the tour. The sole responsibility of any airline used is limited to that set out in the passenger contract evidenced by the ticket. The airlines concerned are not to be held responsible for any act, omission or event during the time that the passengers are not on board their aircraft.

  • Testimonials

    • "Our Shamwari Game Reserve Ranger Siya was unbelievable!" - 2019

      Our Shamwari Game Reserve Ranger Siya was unbelievable! He was so knowledgeable and really made the game drives a wonderful experience. We were able to see animals and country side we had only been able to see in movies or on TV. Just can’t say enough good things about the experience.

      "This (Cape Winelands Tour) was GREAT..." - 2019

      This (Cape Winelands Tour) was GREAT. Guide was very knowledgeable and other attendees were fun to hang out with.

      "This is the BEST marathon I have run in overseas..." - 2019

      This is the BEST marathon I have run in overseas. The organization was fantastic. Loved the water bags (though probably not good for the environment. They were great for runners). The crowd support was exceptional. The finish line amazing. I could go on and on. I am so glad that you have put this on the Marathon Tours list. It was also the first marathon I have participated in that had a diverse, inclusive look. Running clubs from around the region–and a real people’s marathon. I know that Two Oceans gets alot of press–deservedly so. But The Cape Town marathon competes with it on other grounds–also important to runners.

      "Seeing fellow runners and reconnecting..." - 2019

      Seeing fellow runners and reconnecting. It is just nice to be with like-minded people, all keen to do a marathon. We also appreciate the work that is done to get us into a hotel that is near to the start line. Efforts to provide a smooth transition are excellent too. Also love the fact that it is inter-generational. People of all ages are running–very hard to get such a mix with other tours.

      "WOW!!!" - 2019

      WOW!!! The views, the experience and sights were just wonderful! Very glad we went and we just can’t say how much we enjoyed the tour.

      "We enjoy everything, we have been very lucky..." - 2019

      We enjoy everything, we have been very lucky to be in a group with friendly people and every time we make new friends and meet old friends from previous trips. Excellent and friendly staff. They (Jeff, Thom) were excellent, compassionate and respectful handling an unexpected health problem with a member in the group.

      "Being my first visit I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the coast..." - 2018

      Being my first visit I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the coast, the tours, meeting different people, running in a new country. The Safari was well organized!

      "Stunning scenery in parts of the race..." - 2018

      Stunning scenery in parts of the race – especially the first few kilometers and the stretch that went out to the southern/western neighborhoods.

      "Location was the best!" - 2018

      Location was the best! Loved being by the coast, loved being walking distant to start and finish! Huge plus! Loved the proximity to shopping and the Grand Beach!

      "This was an amazing trip..." - 2018

      This was an amazing trip — to see SA up close and personal, to experience the blending of multiple cultural influences was humbling and exhilarating at the same time.

      "Magical experience & worth every penny..." - 2018

      Shamwari Extension – Magical experience & worth every penny. Guaranteed animal sightings. Accommodations are comfortable. I liked the afternoon tea before Safari and early morning coffee and breakfast before Safari. The staff were very friendly. Our guide placed hot water bottles on our blankets – well taken care of. Sundown cocktails… overall exceptional experience

Meet the Reps

Haley Sweet

Trip Designer

Haley Sweet

Trip Designer

Haley joined the Marathon Tours & Travel team after working multiple years in the Hospitality and Tourism Management industry. She lives every day with a great sense of adventure, passion, and curiosity – which travel brings to life. After living in England for a year and exploring as many countries as possible, a love of trip planning emerged. She now hopes to help as many people as possible experience the world. When she isn’t traveling she can be found running, photographing, designing and playing volleyball. Haley manages trips to Marrakech, New York (United Half), London, Cape Town, and Havana.