Discover wonderful walks on your doorstep

One of the joys of living in Century City is the easy access one has to some very scenic walks.

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Date 24 October 2017
Author Tatum Sieni
Contact Name Maggie Rowley
Contact Email info@centurycity.co.za
Contact Telephone +27 21 552 6889

There are two wonderful walks around Intaka Island. The one through the man-made portion of Intaka Island is 1km and has a number of benches on the route where one can rest and enjoy the tranquillity of the environment. You can also park off in one of the bird hides and observe the incredible variety of feathered friends that Intaka is home to.

If you are up for a longer walk you can also take in the other portion of Intaka – the ephemeral or seasonal pans that (usually) fill up with water in the wet months but are dry during the summer months. This will add another kilometre to your walk. Bear in mind there are no ablution facilities in Intaka except for the Eco-Centre which is at the start of the walk.

A fabulous must-do walk is the monthly Full Moon hike on Intaka Island but be certain to book early as only 40 people a month can be accommodated and it is extremely popular. The walk itself only takes about an hour but the evening includes a glass of bubbles at the Lapa beforehand and many folk make an evening of it by bringing along a picnic supper at 6.30pm ahead of the walk which starts at about 7pm. The knowledgeable guides will point out some of Intaka’s wonders including the chameleons who emerge in the evening. They are also pretty clued up on the stars and will point out different constellations to you. The Full Moon hike costs R40 per person and is well worth it.

For those looking for longer walks, one not try the R3km route around or take the longer 5km route that the Park Run runners do every Saturday. Both wind around the canals and are very scenic. There are a number of benches to rest on route as well as restaurants and ablutions per the accompanying map.

There is also a lovely, short walk over the Knightsbridge bridge towards Canal Walk. This is a very scenic route and you will able to spot a number of the Art Trail exhibits – Steel and Shadow and The Old Man.  Two new art exhibits will be added to this trail in the near future. Reknown South African artist Janko De Beer has been commissioned to do a bronze horse sculpture and the graffiti artists who did the Station tunnels will be brightening up sections of the concrete pillars of Waters Edge. Please note this route has been temporarily closed to allow façade work and landscaping of Waters Edge residential complex to be completed. It will reopen in mid-November

Only a part of Intaka is currently wheelchair accessible but there are plans to extend this in the near future. All the other walks are wheelchair accessible.