I don’t know if you have guessed this already, but I am really not a runner. Sometimes I wish I could be, but rightly or wrongly it is really not my thing. So, to make things interested and to motivate myself and others, I thought I would look into a few beautiful places to run (or walk) in Cape Town. After all, we have some of the most amazing sceneries in the world, let’s make the most of it…

Newlands Forest

A wonderful place to start, there is so much to discover: ruins, waterfalls, curious trees, rickety bridges and spectacular views. Newlands also offers trails for all levels of running. Whether you like steep single track or wide and gentle jeep track through tall trees.


Chapman’s Peak

The hilly 9 km and 114 curves from Noordhoek to Hout Bay boasts breath-taking views of the Atlantic Ocean. This tarmac run may well be one of the most beautiful in the world.


Atlantic Seaboard

The Sea Point Promenade is probably Cape Town’s most popular route. The 5.5 km stretch between Granger Bay and Bantry Bay is completed with green grass and stunning sea views. This flat, car free run is perfect for an easy 10km with beautiful Cape Town Views.


A bit more challenging is the scenic route from Camps Bay to the top of Suikerbossie. This is a long steady run incline, about 8 km from the southern end of the Camps Bay Promenade to the top of the hill, where you are rewarded with a view over Hout Bay Harbour.

Lion’s Head

Lion’s Head is God’s gift to all the outdoor enthusiasts, amongst many other mountains, this one stands out as being close to the city and just the right size for a quick hike before or after work. The hard work is suddenly worthwhile, when the jaw-dropping views at the top consist of Robben Island and the Twelve Apostles.

There are many walking, hiking and running routes around Lion’s Head and all the mountains of the Cape. No matter your age, fitness level or height phobia, there will be something suitable for you to achieve; and an amazing view once you complete it.


Cape Town is a picturesque city, surrounded by a stunning peninsula; one of mountains, oceans, forests and historic architecture. Whatever your preference and experience level, there is something for everyone. Today is the day you put on those takkies and get going… I’ll see you there 🙂

Safiyah Esack – 25/09/2013


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