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Historical City Running Tour of Cape Town

Highlights
  • Explore Cape Town and get some exercise during a combination running and history tour
  • Get in a workout while exploring some of the top sights in this South African city
  • Pose for photos with Table Mountain and statues of South Africa's four Nobel Prize winners at the V&A Waterfront
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Historical City Running Tour of Cape Town
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Join us for this classic sightseeing running tour of the city centre of Cape Town; run past historic icons like the Castle of Good Hope, City Hall, Company’s Gardensn the Bo-Kaap & the Waterfront.
From $42.86
5pm Departure
Join us for this classic sightseeing running tour of the city centre of Cape Town; run past historic icons like the Castle of Good Hope, City Hall, Company’s Gardensn the Bo-Kaap & the Waterfront.
From $42.86
Overview
Add a little exercise to your exploration of Cape Town during this flexible-length running and history-themed city tour with a small group. Get in a workout as you tour city landmarks like the Castle of Good Hope, the Bo-Kaap neighborhood, Company’s Garden, plus much more. You’ll also learn about historic Cape Town figures like Jan van Riebeeck and Bartholomew Diaz.
What to Expect
Lace up your running shoes and meet up with your group and guide at Mouille Point Lighthouse. Your start time will depend on whether you’ve selected the morning or afternoon departure.

Begin your run by trotting through Cape Town’s Victoria & Albert Waterfront, one of the city’s more well-known tourist hotspots, where you’ll enjoy spectacular views of Table Mountain. Make sure to stop for a photo with the statues of South Africa’s four Nobel Prize recipients. As you continue running, learn about the history of Cape Town from your guide. You’ll hear about its initial exploration in the 15th century by the Portuguese and discover the story of Sir Lord Charles Adderley, an Englishman who helped prevent the city from becoming a convict station much like Australia.

Proceed next to the fort constructed by early Cape Town pioneer Jan van Riebeeck and see the five-sided Cape Town Castle. Just nearby is City Hall, a site known as the location of the famous speech given by Nelson Mandela following his 1990 release from prison. Then pass by the art deco buildings downtown and learn about the history of slavery in Cape Town as you proceed by the Dutch Reformed Church.

Check out the lush greenery of Cape Town’s Company’s Gardens before running down Queen Victoria Street, where you’ll learn more details about South African apartheid and see the Cape Supreme High Court. Keep pushing forward as you head uphill (the only hill of the day) and into the colorful Bo-Kaap neighborhood. This Muslim community is known for its rainbow-hued homes and cobblestone streets.

Head next through Cape Town’s trendy De Waterkant area and jog past the fanwalk, constructed for the 2010 World Cup, before finishing back at your original starting point.
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Reviews (99)
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Reviewed 6 days ago
Fantastic - fun and healthy!

We had a great experience from the moment we contacted Philippa. She worked out over email which tour would work best for us, double checked that we still wanted to run in the rain (we did!), picked us up before the run and dropped us...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Daniel641
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Get a broad view of Cape Town from the ground

For this, our first trip to Cape Town, we chose the Historical City and the Run Gugulethu tours. Philippa led the comprehensive HC tour with panache. It was a beautiful and fun morning to talk freely about Cape Town’s past and future promise while taking...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank 813patrickq
Run_Cape_Town, Owner at Run Cape Town, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We love that you guys chose two very diverse tours to show you the very different aspects of our beautiful city! Thank you for your kind words, Vince & I so enjoyed meeting & running with you and sharing the interesting, challenging, exciting, often sad...More

Reviewed November 5, 2018
Fabulous group to run with!

I was very nervous the first time I ran with this group -what if their pace is faster? - what if I get lost in the middle of Cape Town? - what if... It all turned out fabulous. Phillipa is a fabulous person with a...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Bonnie D
Run_Cape_Town, Owner at Run Cape Town, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Always a pleasure seeing you in town for a run - like running with a friend who somes back for a visit from time to time! Keep us posted with how your runstreak is going - I'm totally inspired by the idea, wish I could...More

Reviewed October 21, 2018
Amazing tour, highly recommend!

We had an excellent 12.5 km running tour of downtown Cape Town with Phillippa. She was an amazing tour guide, providing us insight into various historical sites in Cape Town while snapping photos of us on the run that she immediately shared with us afterwards....More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Martha P
Run_Cape_Town, Owner at Run Cape Town, responded to this reviewResponded October 25, 2018

I loved meeting & sharing Cape Town with you two, on the run! Thank you for choosing to do a runtour with us, we hope to see you again some day for more running adventures.....Let us know how the half marathon went?! Cheers for now!...More

Reviewed August 15, 2018
Enjoyed two runs while in Cape Town

My wife and I had two runs while in Cape Town, the historical city tour with Philippa and an evening trail run on Lion's Head with Andrew. We were picked up at our hotel and had a great time on both runs. They are both...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank johne5052018
Run_Cape_Town, Owner at Run Cape Town, responded to this reviewResponded August 17, 2018

Thank you for your kind words - we're so glad to hear you enjoyed your runs! It was a pleasure sharing our city with you on the run; we're always lucky to meet & run with friendly fellow runners who just love to put on...More

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