Length 8.1 km (5 miles), terrain: a bit hilly, gain 114 meters
Cape Town running routes:
Camps Bay / Clifton beach run
City Center to Waterfront run
For other running routes, see the Route List.
If you're in Cape Town (Kaapstad) for more than a day, make sure you visit the nearby beaches just on the other side of Signal Hill from the city center. When you cross Kloof Nek pass and drive down to Camps Bay and Clifton, you enter a different world: a rugged coastline full of cliffs, rocks and beaches. And there's fresh sea-air and dramatically changing weather.
|Sunset at Camps Bay|
And above the whole scene thrones the majestic wall of Table Mountain, seemingly close enough for you to reach out and grab. The cliffs on this side of the mountain form an undulating series of buttes called the Twelve Apostles. And the lonely spire of Lion's Head dominates the scene further south at Clifton.
|Victoria Road in Camps Bay|
This route will explore both little towns. You can keep it simple and run on the sidewalk of Victoria Road, or you can make little detours at some of the beaches, to get closer to the water's edge and the natural beauty waiting to be explored down there.
|Surfers unloading their boards below Lions Head|
First, we'll run south into the suburb of Bakoven ("the oven"), then turn around and run north all the way through Clifton and then return to this spot again.
So, ready to go? Then turn southwards, with the water to your right and run along the road. You'll pass the police station and then Bakoven Bay, lined by rounded boulders, where you will pass it in a long curve.
|Bakoven Bay, heading south|
Across from the police station, there is a walled-in section in the water that forms a pool so that the icy-cold water can warm up during low tide.
|Camps Bay Beach|
|Yoga on the beach|
Camps Bay High School is on the right side, with Lion's Head rising straight up behind it.
Soon you'll see the parking lot to Maidens Cove Park on the left, where you can turn-in to do a bit of scrambling over the big rocks out in the water down below, and to look at the rock pools left by the tide. This park is mainly used by families having a barbeque next to the rocks. I highly recommend this little detour!
|At Maidens Cove, Table Mountain in background|
|Clifton at the Ridge|
|The view downwards in Clifton|
Keep running until you pass the last buildings in Clifton, at the 5.4-km mark. The road starts heading downhill again here, past bare cliffs, towards the next town of Sea Point. You can look out in both directions here, with stunning views either way.
|Turn-around point in Clifton|