This week we were contacted by a finance professor, currently living in Singapore, who generally runs 20km of trail in the Singapore jungle, in temperatures of 30°C+, with massive amounts of humidity! He asked if we could tailor-make some longer trail runs for him, so that he could experience the natural beauty of our city, on the run. Cape Town, being the beauty she is, didn’t make this request tricky at all…
Our first run took us up Kloof Nek corner and onto the contour path across the face of Table Mountain, our new seventh wonder of the natural world, before returning to Kloof Nek circle to loop around Lion’s Head and saunter up to signal hill, to take in the incredible 360° views of the city bowl, Atlantic seaboard and incredible Devil’s peak, Table Mountain & Lion’s Head backdrop. This run is truly breath-taking, and an awesome opportunity to point out some of the major landmarks of the city from this birds-eye view vantage point, as well as share some of the history of the founding of Cape Town and the history of Islam in the Cape. We were also treated to large patches of beautiful watsonias and a very dramatic sunset sky over Sea Point, as we saw a huge storm out at sea. Luckily we remained dry (although a little chilly!) up on the mountain.
For the next run, our trail running guides Alana and Graeme took our visitor on an awesome trail running adventure starting at Silvermine Nature Reserve, which forms part of the Table Mountain National Park and is a popular spot for picnics, hiking, mountain biking and trail running. Our running group headed up to Elephants Eye before following the switchbacks down into Tokai Forest, where they had a brief encounter with a troop of Baboons (snubabs). Alana reportedly acted like a “proper girl and panicked”, however the gallant men bravely reassured her that the wild creatures weren’t going to eat her, and onward they ran on the upper levels of Constantiaberg, with incredible views over False Bay, before jumping onto a contour that runs along the top of Hout Bay and heads towards Chapmans Peak, offering spectacular views of Karbonkelberg, overlooking the harbour at Hout Bay. Lastly they headed up Blackburn Ravine, then headed back down to the starting point at Silvermine – a perfect loop!
Comments from our guest read as follows: “Thank you again for both runs – it was fantastic! Magical environment and wonderful company! The amazing thing was that it almost seemed as if I was running with buddies that I had been running with before! I hope I can visit again and would love to run more.”
What an awesome way to experience our beautiful Mother City – we at Run Cape Town really do believe Cape Town is best experienced on the (trail) run!
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