Despite being a sprawling metropolis, Cape Town remains one of the most beautiful cities in the world. In fact, British tourists recently voted Cape Town the best city in the world for the fifth year in a row.
If you’re visiting the Mother City this December, and are looking to counter all the delicious dishes on offer with a bit of a run, these are the most beautiful routes to take in and around the city.
This beautiful trail through Newlands Forest in Newlands offers something for runners of all fitness and technical levels. Choose from a variety of scenic routes, most of them shaded against the harsh summer sun.
Lion’s Head in Cape Town is popular among runners and hikers alike, and a guided tour is also available for those who’d like to learn a bit more about the mountain and surrounds. This route extends from the base to the top of Lion’s Head.
The Pipe Track
Starting at the entrance towards the Table Mountain cableway, this trail starts just off the top of Kloof Nek, and follows a water pipeline that runs past Camps Bay and Bakoven. Along this trail are sights that will take your breath away, and there are plenty of rest stops along the way to stop and admire them.
Located in Stellenbosch, Jonkershoek offers a number of challenging trails ranging in distance from 5km to 18km. Expect beautiful waterfalls and reservoirs along the route, but also many gradual climbs to test your endurance. Rest assured though, that these are worth it: getting to the top also means you’ll get great views of Table Mountain, the Cape Peninsula and Robben Island.
This challenging trail has a steep climb that gains 600m in elevation in a little less than 2.5km. Platteklip Gorge is the most direct route to the top of Table Mountain, which means it’s not for the faint of heart or the unfit. If you do decide to tackle it, though, you’ll be rewarded with absolutely spectacular views of Table Bay and the Cape Town CBD.