Budget wellness experiences in Cape Town

Cape Town is the ultimate outdoor holiday destination and you don’t have to spend a fortune to partake in healthy activities in and around the city.

Join a Parkrun

Parkrun organises weekly timed 5km runs around the world, including Cape Town in locations like Big Bay, Green Point, Constantia and the Rondebosch Common. They are open to anyone and are safe and easy to join.

Website: www.parkrun.co.za/events

Use the Outdoor Gym

Join the fit parade on the Promenade any time of the day. It includes an air skier, cross trainer, gymnastic rings, horizontal ladders, leg presses and a lot more to ensure you get a full workout.

Run the Waterfront 2.2km or 5km

The 5km route start at the Tourist Information Centre and passes many landmarks at the V&A Waterfront like the Aquarium, Cape Grace and the Cape Wheel before reaching the Table Bay Hotel and then goes onto the Breakwater and the scenic Boardwalk Path before hitting Granger Bay on the way back to the start. The 2.2km route is marked in yellow, while the 5km is marked in red. Maps are available from the Tourist Information Centre.

Website: www.waterfront.co.za

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Green Point Park Fitness Circuit

The Green Point Biodiversity Park is a little slice of paradise found in the city. Home to indigenous plants, trees and an outdoor gym, where you can get your sweat on in the fresh air. Dogs on leads are also welcome if you want to walk your furry companions. And if you’ve got kids there is plenty to keep them occupied. Summer days are busy – get there early!

Website: www.capetown.gov.za

Free Yoga at YogaLife

Join YogaLife offers residents and new students a free week (7 consecutive days) of unlimited yoga. No need to book in advance – just arrive 15 minutes before the first class you would like to take.

Website: www.yogalife.co.za/students/free-classes

Rent an Upcycle

This drop-and-go bicycle rental company allows you the freedom to explore the city easily – no parking needed. You can pick up or drop off bikes at The Pavilion on the Sea Point Promenade, Clock Tower Square at the V&A Waterfront, Breakaway Café on Waterkant Street or at the Bay Hotel at the Camps Bay strip.

Website: www.upcycles.co.za

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Play Miniature Golf

This 18-hole course isn’t just for kids – it’s a challenge for adults too. Why not play a game against your partner or BFF and see just how much fun (and how hard) this simple game can be.

Website: www.facebook.com/saputtputt

Play Five-a-Side Soccer

Get a group of friends together and book at Fives Futbol for an hour or two at this all-weather, start-of-the-art synthetic grass court. It’s great exercise and although there are a number of facilities in and around Cape Town it’s pretty epic playing the heart of the Waterfront.

Website: www.fivesfutbol.co.za

Join a Red Sock Run

If you are looking to get a run in and meet locals who are passionate about community and charity – and of course running – visit a Red Sock Friday run. Starting at the iconic lighthouse opposite Caffe Neo the group runs 5km or 8km and you can decide which distance you’d like to join. Then they meet for coffee after at Caffe Neo.

Website: www.facebook.com/redsockfridayruncaffeneo


Walk the Kirstenbosch Aerial Walkway

Head to Kirstenbosch Gardens and take a walk along the Boomslang – the aerial walkway that extends high above the treetops, offering a unique view of Table Mountain. It’s about 130 metres long and starts at ground level. It’s a decent walk from the entrance to get to the walkway and a bit of an uphill, so travel light.

Website: http://www.sanbi.org/gardens/kirstenbosch

Join Mountain Mondays

Climb Lions Head with transients, expats, visitors, and their respective guests.
Come as often as you like or just pitch up randomly. Invite anyone you want. Pets encouraged. They meet at 5.55am and start climbing at 6.05am. Expect to be back at base by 8am.

Website: www.facebook.com/groups/MountainMondays

Swim at Silvermine Dam

The Silvermine Dam is located in the stunning Nature Reserve, which forms a part of the Table Mountain National Park, a protected conservation area. Swim in the very cool (sometimes freezing) fresh water and then have a picnic afterwards. Open to swimmers from 7am to 7pm.

A view of silvermine dam

Clean Up With Love Our Trails

This international movement to clean up trails worldwide started in Cape Town and encourages people to hit the mountainside to pick up trash and scrub away graffiti. Ask members to join you for an impromptu hike and clean on the Facebook page or check out the date of their next event.

Website: www.facebook.com/loveourtrails

Rock Climbing at CityRock

Including both climbing walls and bouldering – this facility is fun for kids and adults. The indoor gym is a safe and fun way of exercising. And you’ll meet loads of passionate climbers who train there.

Website: www.cityrock.co.za

Dragon Boat Racing

The Dragon Boat Racing Club welcomes newcomers to join their practice sessions. Go and try your hand in this fascinating and artistic sport from Monday to Thursday. Meet at the slipway in front of the Marina Office.

Contact: +27 (0) 21 447 2820 or 082 564 6257