1 Port Louis Racecourse, Mauritius

AKA “Champ de Mar” this race track has ambitions to rival Dubai for its exciting seasonal lineup of races. Established in 1812, The Mauritius Turf Club is the oldest horse racing club in the southern hemisphere and the second oldest in the world. Tens of thousands of people visit every day during the season, making horse racing the most popular sport in the country. It’s in a pretty spectacular setting, too.

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2 Ngong Racecourse and Golf Club, Kenya

Currently the only racecourse in East Africa, the Ngong is run by the Jockey Club of Kenya. The first races took place in Kenya on Somali ponies in the 1890s, now the Ngong hosts thoroughbreds only.

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3 Casablanca-Anfa Racecourse, Morocco

Unusual for its 1700m long sand track this course was built in 1912 this track is run by the Societe Royale d’Encouragement du Cheval (SOREC).¬†The Grand Prix de Sa Majest√© le Roi Mohammed VI, is a highlight of the International Purebred Arabian racing day which takes place on the first Friday in May at the Casablanca racecourse.

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4 Borrowdale Racecourse, Zimbabwe

The Mashonaland Turf Club runs this race track and has been in existence for over 100 years. Once a weekly, even daily occurence in its heyday, racing here now happens on only two Sundays a month but it is still a fantasic day out if you are there at the right time.

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5 Turfontein, South Africa

This legendary track is considered to be a true test of stamina because of the steep incline leading up to the finish line on the course. Run by the Johannesburg Turf Club, Turfontein is only one of several racecourses in South Africa.

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