you live in Durban or surrounds this page will not be applicable to
you. For everyone else, you are going to need to get your
rather sooner than later!
my first three Comrades
runs we did the car trip up to Durban. Thereafter we have
to fly as it is the quickest and a fairly cheap manner of transportation.
Even having to hire a car in Durban, it still works out cheaper than
driving up in ones own car.
are other ways of getting to Durban. As far as I know there
Comrades train that leaves from Cape Town. Apparently it is
a festive trip. I have however, heard reports of ‘food
and gastro on one of these trips that my fellow club mates went on.
is a Comrades bus trip organised by Andre Hugo from Mitchell's Plain
Athletic Club. This is a very reasonably priced tour and
ensures all your logistical bases are covered for the trip.
is an experienced Comrades
Marathon runner so he knows exactly what the
runners require from this bus trip. I know Andre personally
know that he has been ‘perfecting’ this trip over the years
you get the best deal for your money. Click here for Andre's
2013 Comrades Bus tour package.
Here follows some guidelines I
follow each year (in no particular order):
1: Book early!
(me and Andy, my hubby) usually book in January but have on occasion
booked earlier if we have found a good special.
2: Stick to
reputable travel operators
know this is a tricky one! I mean, how are you supposed to
that an airline is going to go bust? "Nationwide"
bust a few years ago and many Comrades runners lost out on their
transport to Durban,
with no refund either, and had to make alternate travel
arrangements. I guess there are no guarantees
but try and stick
with SAA/MANGO, BA or Kulula.
3: Car Hire –
again book early!
you are flying and need to hire a car in Durban, make sure you also do
this booking well in advance. Remember, most folk flying in
Comrades will also want to hire so at some point there is bound to be a
shortage. If you leave it too late you may be forced to hire
more expensive car, which will dip into your spending money for the
and the other tourist attractions in and around Durban!
Accommodation – again book early!
sure you have sorted out your accommodation
before you get to Durban or
you could find yourself sleeping in some dodge place as there is
room at the inn”. Find a reputable place to stay if you are
staying with family or friends. We now opt for self catering
apartments as it offers more flexibility for meals and additional
guests. We usually rent a three bedroom apartment which we
with friends. This works out cheaper when we split it three
ways. We have however stayed in numerous hotels over the
and this also works quite well but is more expensive and you are forced
to ‘eat out’ all the time. While I love eating out,
keep to eating ‘regular’ food in the days preceding
5: Getting to the airport
sure you arrive at the airport in good time! My friends
Macs’ have 1) overslept (and they were supposed to be giving us a
to the airport) and 2) had their car break down on the way to the
airport. These things happen! Make sure you have a
plan in place (with ‘the Macs’ around, we need one!)
6: On board luggage
ALWAYS carry my running kit in my onboard hand luggage! Just
case! Don’t risk your luggage being lost or stolen.
least this way, you still have your running kit. Anything
can be replaced in Durban, but not your kit!
hope this information has been of use to you!
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