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⭐ Run Table Mountain's Indigenous Forest

Cape Town, South Africa

Experience hosted by Tauriq

90 minsHosted in English
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Up to 4 people
Includes drinks, tickets, and transportation

What you'll do

We explore the indigenous forests of Table Mountain's eastern slopes & Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens by foot on a social run. The trail is offroad, with a good mix of forest jeep and single track. We will be spending most of our time running under the forest canopy as we navigate our way through the indigenous forest within the Table Mountain's National Park. We will run for about 1h30min but keep the pace comfortable for majority in the group. The focus will be on exploring and taking in the beauty of the forest rather than speeding through it.
Other things to note
Guests need to be of reasonable fitness & be able to run/jog off-road for at least 5km on some uneven surfaces. There will be lots of uphill as we are on the lower slopes of Table Mountain
We explore the indigenous forests of Table Mountain's eastern slopes & Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens by foot on a social run. The trail is offroad, with a good mix of forest jeep and single track. We will be spending most of our time running under the forest canopy as we navigate our way through the indigenous forest within the Table Mountain's National Park. We will run for about 1h30min but keep the pace comfortable for majority in the group.…

What's included

  • Drinks
    Soft water running flasks or bladder with water made available
  • Tickets
    Table Mountain National Park activity permit
  • Transportation
    Transportation can be arranged if required (additional cost)

Meet your host, Tauriq

Host on Airbnb since 2016
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Tauriq is born and raised in Cape Town who grew up on the Cape Flats. He started hiking the trails/forests of Table Mountain from a very young age despite their family being forcefully relocated from the foot of the mountain in District 6 to the Cape Flats during the Apartheid era. Tauriq is a qualified Adventure Guide in Hiking/Trail Running, Mountain Biking & Scuba Diving with over 25 years hiking experience. He has also competed in various high profile trail/running/utra-trail/mountain biking races in South Africa and around the world. Nowadays he prefers to take it easy and explore the trails rather than race it and focuses on just enjoying his time out on the mountain. Instagram: @thecapetownlocal
Tauriq is born and raised in Cape Town who grew up on the Cape Flats. He started hiking the trails/forests of Table Mountain from a very young age despite their family being forcefully relocated from the foot of the mountain in District 6 to the Cape Flats during the Apartheid era. Tauriq is a qualified Adventure Guide in Hiking/Trail Running, Mountain Biking & Scuba Diving with over 25 years hiking experience. He has also competed in various high profile trail/running/utra-trail/mountain bikin…
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Where you'll be

We will be running in the old indigenous forests on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain, adjacent to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, all within the National Park. These indigenous afrotemperate forests have a significant socio-economic value, due to their use for recreation, their role in preserving the Western Cape's water supply and their natural production of an enormous range of medicinal plants.
Tumelo
March 2021
Oh Tauriq is just an incredible man.What a treat its been running through the indigenous forest. I was a little sad that it was just the two of us but within 5 mins I was already warming up to him as my guide and the looming run we had. He showed me beautiful routes through the forest, with distinct terrain, vegetation and climate. We passed through the stream and significant ruins through the forest which hold stories about the forest history and its old links to the United East India company. Tauriq was very patient with me as at some moments I wanted to just stop and catch my breath and he did not have a problem with that. I am a runner and I usually just drink water at the end of my runs. So naturally,i did not bring my water bottles.I was delighted to know Tauriq brought me water, haha. Maybe it was because he knows the forest walk can get a little hectic. I would recommend this run up Newlands forest especially in the morning to start your day.It will give you the kick you want. I will definitely do it again when I visit Cape Town. Towards the last 30 mins ,Tauriq asked me to lead the run - I loved that. He was following me and I felt like a boss. He also didn't mind being a run guide AND my photographer, Tauriq has many talents clearly !
Oh Tauriq is just an incredible man.What a treat its been running through the indigenous forest. I was a little sad that it was just the two of us but within 5 mins I was already w…
Sibongile
February 2021
The forest run was really great! Tauriq is very friendly and was patient and accommodating of our slow pace. We got to run in less common parts of the forest and felt comfortable throughout the run due to Tauriq’s experience and apparent knowledge of the area. We will definitely be doing this again the next time we’re in Cape Town!
The forest run was really great! Tauriq is very friendly and was patient and accommodating of our slow pace. We got to run in less common parts of the forest and felt comfortable t…
Ramon
February 2021
The trail run with Tauriq was a great experience. The location is really beautiful, Tauriq gave us explanations on the local and foreign flora and he also taught us some “survival tricks”. He also adjusts the experience to your physical condition, so you don’t need to be an iron man to enjoy the run!
The trail run with Tauriq was a great experience. The location is really beautiful, Tauriq gave us explanations on the local and foreign flora and he also taught us some “survival…
Eugène
July 2019
This was an experience of a lifetime. Tauriq is super knowledgeable about the trials around Cape Town. He took me on a majestic run through the Newlands forest, a path that is so very special and quite secluded but oh so beautiful. I asked many questions about the surrounding area and nature and I was amazed by Tauriq's knowledge. We stopped at quite a few beautiful streams to rest and indulged in the sounds of the forest and nature. We passed some gorgeous ruins in the forest from an area rich with history. The forest was rich with moist and water and sounds of birds everywhere. If you're into forests and running and trials and magic places then I highly recommend this trail run. Numerous stretches of the road felt like you were in Lord of the Rings. Tauriq kept a good pace but adjusted to my slow running. It's a totally exhilarating experience that stays with you long after the run is over. I think what makes it special is Tauriq knows his special off the beaten track routes and really loves what he does. He's a very interesting guy. Extremely highly recommended. I can't wait to go back and do it again or participate in some of his other adventures.
This was an experience of a lifetime. Tauriq is super knowledgeable about the trials around Cape Town. He took me on a majestic run through the Newlands forest, a path that is so v…
Karina
June 2019
Tauriq does amazing job. Great philosophy behind his activities. He loves his city, knows a lot about it and provides great and accessible run tour for tourists promoting both his city as well as healthy and active lifestyle. Run was really great, we explored routes only locals would know, heard interesting stories and Tauriq took great care on us adjusting speed and complexity of the route according to each participants capabilities. Happy that I went for this run.
Tauriq does amazing job. Great philosophy behind his activities. He loves his city, knows a lot about it and provides great and accessible run tour for tourists promoting both his…
C. Michelle
June 2019
This was a great outing with Tauriq. He was very patient even though I was the only non ultra-athlete in the group. He even held my phone and hand (I'm embarrassed to say) during a portion of the run. Great guide. I saw some wonderful parts of Table Mountain's Forest I wouldn't have seen if I did not attend this experience. If you want challenging with a beautiful backdrop, don't hesitate signing up for this experience. Little added touches: He ends the experience with homemade cookies made by his wife. He loaned me a rain jacket. He carried water, just in case the runners needed any. He's an all around good guy. #winner
This was a great outing with Tauriq. He was very patient even though I was the only non ultra-athlete in the group. He even held my phone and hand (I'm embarrassed to say) during a…

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Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 4 guests ages 14 and up can attend.

What to bring

Comfortable running shoes (trail/offroad prefered although not mandatory)

Windbreaker/waterproof jacket (weather depending)