While rediscovering my home town over the past few months, I have discovered my new happy place in Cape Town. The Pipe Track path wraps around the base of Table Mountain and leads you on a contour path to a place of stillness, fresh air and incredible views.
My brother enlightened me a few weeks ago when we went for a stroll along the Pipe Track. “How have I not known about this place?” was my reaction as I revelled in this blissful city escape. My Grandfather used to take my Dad as a child for walks along the Pipe Track regularly as my Dad recalled at last week’s family dinner. I plan to continue the family tradition from now on. Any visitors to Cape Town, guess where we’re going. 😉
On my first Pipe Track stroll, I was amazed at how fresh and cool the air is. It’s like a natural oasis just above the city centre. My brother, Mike, told me a story about the Pipe Track’s fresh air; which was told by a lady that he chats to at the MyCiti bus stop on his way to work each morning. She said that when Christiaan Barnard performed the world’s first human to human heart transplant in 1967; he advised his patient Louis Washkansky to go for daily walks along the Pipe Track as the air is so fresh that it would aid his recovery. I can see why.
I skim my hand over the lush fynbos and colourful Spring flowers as the path guides us to spectacular bench viewpoints overlooking the constant quiet hum of tiny cars commuting below. The ocean repeats its calming rhythm and the golden sunlight settles on Table Mountain, the Twelve Apostles, Lions Head and lastly bids farewell to Camps Bay, the Cliftons and Cape Town’s other gorgeous beaches.