For those open water swimmers in the Northern Hemisphere looking for somewhere new to swim, South Africa presents numerous unique and interesting venues and professionally-managed races to try to visit if you want to do some local open water swims.
A list of the major swims in South Africa is posted here.
For the Midmar Mile, there are 12 seeding events leading up to the Guinness Book of World Records' largest official open water swim, including the Heia Safari 1000 on November 29th and the 5K Heritage Water Festival in January 2010.
The Midmar Mile seeding events include the 3K Margate 1000 in KwaZulu-Natal, the Eston Challenge in KwaZulu-Natal, the Capital K in KwaZulu-Natal, the Erfenis Dam 1500 in Free State, the Heritage 1000 in Gauteng, Albert Falls in KwaZulu-Natal, the Emerald Challenge in Gauteng,KwaZulu-Natal Championships, the Mhlatuze Water Mile Swim – Richards Bay in KwaZulu-Natal, Blue Fins in Free State, Ekurhuleni in Gauteng and Lake Heritage in Gauteng.
Photo by Getty Images shows South African superstar swimmer Chad Ho at the 2009 World Swimming Championships.
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