By Tiyani Rikhotso
This article is exclusive to the Online Edition 2 of VARSITY News.
Jogging is a great way to keep fit and explore Cape Town’s scenery without breaking the bank. There are many spots in and around the city that offer diverse jogging routes and the chance to immerse yourself in nature and discover beautiful views. Here is a peak of a few places that you can visit if you’re looking for a jogging spot, an adventure or simply want to shake up your workout routine.
- Sea Point Promenade – Always bustling with people, the Promenade is a popular jogging spot that combines an urban vibe with the peace and stillness of the sea. A great distance is to jog from Mouille Point to the Sea Point pools and then back. Along the way you can stop on a bench for a quick breath or to simply admire the beauty that Cape Town has to offer. For many students Sea Point is quite a distance away, but if you can, experience is definitely worth the effort. Splitting an uber with friends or taking a taxi from town (you’d get there via the Hiddingh Jammie) is a great way to make the transport affordable.
- Newlands Forest – Newlands forest is one of the best places to jog if you need an escape from the pace and stresses of Varsity life, and love immersing yourself in nature. It is about a 7-minute drive from Rondebosch or Claremont and lies on the eastern side of Table Mountain. You will find details of the various routes available to you and can choose the most suitable based on how much time you have on hand and your fitness level. Along the way you may bump into waterfalls, bridges, interesting flora and fauna as well as breath-taking views.
- Rondebosch Common – For those who stay at res, this last jogging spot is close to home. Easy to navigate from the shops around Main road, the walk there is a great way to warm up your muscles. The common is an open and quiet area of lush greenery with a single loop around the park being 2.5km. With all its vegetation and the backdrop of Table Mountain, it offers a breath of fresh air and beautiful scenery while you jog. As it is easily accessible to most students, Rondebosch Common makes for a great regular jogging spot that you can easily visit a few times a week.
Unfortunately, because of the reality of crime in our country, specifically Cape Town, it is important to ensure that you consider your safety when going on jogs. As we move into election season, we hear the same echoes of promises to boost safety in public and residential areas and manage crime rates. However, there seems to be nothing but empty promises as safety remains a big issue. For this reason, stick to the times of the day when the sun is out and be on watch as you move around in the area. It is always recommended to have a jogging buddy or to go in groups. This has the added safety benefit but is also great for motivation along the way. In addition, steer clear of running with your phone in your hand.