Afrofitters shaking it of on top the Kopje
23rd of February 2016, Wesley Maraire
It is surprising how many Harare residence pass by the Kopje every single day, without ever venturing up that hill! AfroFit set to change this by choosing this Hill as the place for February’s Full Moon Hike.
We had obtained prior permission from the military that guard the Kopje to go beyond the regulated 6pm closing time. This got everyone excited to watch the sunset on top of the Kopje since it gives you a 360 degree view of the entire city.
After a little run-in with some military officials who were not aware of our scheduled presence on the Kopje, Victor (AfroFit fitness instructor) got us going with a light stretch after the 20-minute power walk up the Hill. We soon got into the new AfroFit workout called Afro Zunza (Shona word meaning shake-off). Some of the new Afrofitters were not used to the high tempo and intensity of AfroFit training and felt tempted to give up half-way through, but the usual members did well to motivate them with chants to carry-on.
Despite the rain showers, we continued with the workout, whilst waiting for the sunset at 6:35pm and the moon rising from the east. As soon as the sunset, the Harare City lights went up, which magnified the view from the Kopje and took away some of the pain inflicted by Afro Zunza.
If it wasn’t for the rain persisting, we would have spent all night on top of the Hill (no jokes). After taking pictures of the magnificent view, we got our flashlights and reflectors ready to embark on the walk down. Overall, it was an experience worth repeating over and over again.
All Photos: Stanford Chabaya / ADW