This year I’ve made a personal decision to get more active in the beautiful city that i’m am so blessed to live in! If you are from Cape Town, I’m sure you need no introduction to the plethora of trails that we have available at our footsteps.
Living on a peninsula certainly comes with it’s benefits but how many of us actually take full advantage of it? We don’t even need much equipment as in some countries where the word “hiking” “can mean “survival tactics!” – (think Austria.) All we really need out here, even in winter, is the right attitude, the desire to explore more and possibly a fresh pair of sneakers or trainers. It’s that simple.
I’m lucky to have a ton of buddies who have loved and explored our mountain ranges for years, and as I make my own commitment to prioritise spending more time where the air is freshest, to spending quality time with family and friends – I invite you to both follow my journey as I document all that awaits me, and to follow some of my fellow active friends on instagram too.
Amy is a friend of mine that constantly inspires me with her active lifestyle, real posts and adventures. She’s one in a million and has recommended a hike called “The Missing Link” for this post. Check out some of her pics below and give her a follow if you’re into living your best life!
MISSING LINK TRAIL, CAMPS BAY
The following description comes from Trailforks.com “Missing link is an amazing scenic trail with some of the best views in the world. The track has been updated to show the additions at the Camps Bay end and the new end point above the 12 Apostles Hotel, necessitated by a landowner issue. The track snakes its way below the 12 Apostles mountain range before the end point is reached. Please obey the signage and turn around at this point. On the way back you can take the optional new section that will take you to Ottawa Avenue instead of the Theresa Avenue start point. Be prepared for tricky rocky climbs, fast corners and other trail users including dog walkers
At the Camps Bay end it starts at the end of Theresa Avenue or at the open space on Ottawa Road”
LIONS HEAD CONTOUR & SIGNAL HILL
Amy: Lions head contour is about 5.5km , so you loop around the head on the lower contour – it’s lovely! Amazing views! Definitely beginner friendly & also pretty runable. The Signal Hill trails are great and short for walking or you can add it on to the Lion’s Head contour and make an extra long loop.
JANET / FLUFFYCPT_HIKES
Janet grew up on the same road as me! How lekker that the shy little girl that zoomed up and down the streets of Muizenberg on her bicycle eventually blossomed into one of the most prolific hiker / photographers in Cape Town. I am so stoked to know Janet. Her real perspective is grounding and just lekker to be a part of.
RYLE / NATUREBOY_CT
Ryle is what you may call – an “overachiever” – dont be like Ryle. (kidding!) Actually I love this old dog. We grew up lifesaving together for False Bay lifesaving club. We both sucked at swimming (or at least in comparison to all the provincial and national swimmers that surrounded us.)
The scrawny boy that I knew was fast. But no-one actually knew how fast. Ryle has since gone on to become known as the fastest man (in the world) on sand by winning multiple world championships. Oh, and somehow he became not-so-bad looking too. He’ll always be ugly to me, but i’ll let you judge for yourself.
In any case, here’s where overachiever steps in.
“Ryle, send a name of an easy hike in Cape Town”
- Kloof corner sundowner.
- Eagles nest Constantia nek.
- Newlands forest meander.
- Elsies peak Fish Hoek.
- Cecilia Forrest meander
- Lower contour waterfall path above Kirstenbosch &
- Admirals waterfall”
That’s right – he sent SEVEN. Maybe he’s overcompensating… ladies? With a six pack like that – would it even actually matter?
I reckon that conlcudes this little post. Give all these legends a follow – and follow me too as I continue to explore, not only the world around me, but this time, the inner workings of my heart and mind as I embark on a journey of personal growth and healing.