Discover untamed nature in the heart of the city. Rondebosch Common is a favourite route for families and kids, it’s traffic free and flat, with lots of open space to play and exercise; and is home to the rare Cape Flats Sand Fynbos!
A 2.7km shared cycling and walking path runs along the perimeter of Rondebosch Common and is tarred, flat and easy for little ones to pedal. You can start the ride anywhere along the route, but for easy access we suggest parking on Sawkins Road where there is off-street parking and a large grassy area on the edge of the Common (see map).
Wild open space and panoramic views of Devil’s Peak’s and Table Mountain make this park a nature lovers dream. In fact the 40 hectare Rondebosch Common is home to critically endangered Cape Flats Sand Fynbos, which exists nowhere else in the world. It also has patches of Renosterveld and a seasonal wetland. Over 300 plant species have been verified on the site, of which nine appear in the Red Data List. 110 different bird species have also been recorded.
- Go slow: When cycling on shared paths and walkways respect other users ( e.g. pedestrians, runner and kids), don’t speed, keep left and give way to others.
- Use your bell to let others know you’re approaching, but don’t assume they can hear or see you.
- Grab a post ride coffee or snack: Across the road from the Common, in Milner Road, is the Common Ground Café. Not only do they serve delicious food at a good price, but all profits go to Common Good, an NPO which responds to the needs of the vulnerable in our city.
DISTANCE | 2.7km
TERRAIN | Traffic-free shared pedestrian and cycle path. Tarmac.
GRADIENT | Flat
ACCESS | Parking is located on Sawkins Road on the edge of the Common.