Due to the strain of COVID-19,  it is important to put your mental and physical well-being first. Many of us are slowly starting to get back to “normal”, our to-do lists and responsibilities start creeping up and the next thing we know it’s a new month.

Before you start stressing about that and everything that you still need to do, why not take some time for yourself by going for a walk or run? Cape Town is a city filled with so many trails and beaches that are ideal for a little break in nature.

To make these a bit easier for you, Zahirah Benjamin from CapeTownETC has compiled a list of safe and COVID-19 friendly trails and paths that are ideal for a sunset stroll or run.

Sea Point Promenade


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Sea Point promenade is well-known by all running fanatics. Why, you ask? It overlooks the beautiful blue waters and in summer, you can catch some of the most breath-taking sunsets the city has to offer. The promenade stretches out for about 10-11km which is a great distance for walking, running, or jogging.



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Take a break from the city buzz and enjoy some exercising on Bloubergstrand beach or Eden on the Bay. The area is also filled with friendly people and dog walkers so don’t worry, you can relax and enjoy your exercising.

Pipe Track

The Pipe Track is a 9.8-kilometer trail and offers beautiful views of the ocean and city. It would be advisable to go with a group since the sun sets quickly after 6 pm.

Newlands Forest

Newlands Forest is one of Cape Town’s iconic running and walking trails. The forest is surrounded by Mother Nature and birds and offers flat trails that are ideal for those looking for a quick stroll or run after a busy day. It is also safer to grab some of your friends or family members when deciding to go to the forest.

Lions Head


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Before COVID-19 existed, locals and tourists would always be on Lion’s head to get a glimpse of the breathtaking views of the sunrise and sunset. Once you arrive on the top of the mountain you are welcomed by fresh air, skyscrapers, and some of the cities most famous landmarks such as the Cape Town stadium and Rodden Island.

Lion’s head takes about 2-3 hours to complete, therefore it is advisable to start as early as possible before the sunset. In addition to this, hikers are encouraged to walk in groups and carry water and snacks.

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