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Be My Guide to Your East African City #6: What’s the Best Local Place to Work Out?

Hi again! I hope your weekend is off to a good start. Ready to tell me one more thing about your East African city? Or are you getting a little tired of my questions? I promise I’ll give you a little break after this post and tell you about a cozy new cafe that I recently discovered in Masaki.

For now though, one more question:

Question #6: In your East African town/city, what’s the best local place to work out?

Those of you who read me regularly might already know that I swim every day for exercise (sorry but all those grandiose plans about working out at the beach never materialized).

I started to swim regularly in Dar es Salaam because I live in a compound with a swimming pool, and what better exercise than swimming given Dar es Salaam’s heat? (I think I swam twice in all the years that I lived in Nairobi because I always found the water too cold!)

In order to be able to answer this question myself, I recently visited a couple of local gyms that had been recommended to me when I first thought about moving to Dar es Salaam.

When I got to what I consider the best local place to work out, which also happened to be the one most often and most highly recommended to me, I completely understood why.

For those of you who truly enjoy your gym workouts, you’ll understand it when I say: this place had my blood pumping and longing for the days when I used to regularly go to the gym.

To know which gym I’m talking about, see the first comment to this post.

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Now, over to you.

To let me know the best local place to work out in your East African city, leave me a comment below in the following format:

City/Town, Country:
Best Local Place to Work Out:
Why do you like this place?:

I look forward to hearing what you have to say!


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5 thoughts on “Be My Guide to Your East African City #6: What’s the Best Local Place to Work Out?”

City/Town, Country: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Best Local Place to Work Out: Colosseum Health & Fitness Club

Address/Location: 79 Haile Selassie Road, Oysterbay
Website: http://www.colosseumtz.com/Fitness-Club.htm
Why do you like this place?: It’s well-equipped, offers a wide-variety of fitness activities, in a beautiful and spacious location, with very professional staff!

City/Town, Country: Nairobi, Kenya
Best Local Place to Work Out: Jacaranda Gym and Spa

Address/Location: Jacaranda Hotel, Westlands
Website: http://www.jacarandahotels.com/jacaranda-hotel-nairobi/59-gym-a-spa.html
Why do you like this place?: This is the newest and nicest gym in Nairobi, its on the smaller side but they cap the number of members so its never too crowded. Downside: also the most expensive gym in Nairobi. Its one of the few day-heated pools in Nairobi though so it makes it great for swimming. Cost-conscious alternative: the gym and pool at International School of Kenya, but its a bit of a drive. Also, there are a couple of Hindu Temples – one off James Gichuru called Jeffries, and one off Lower Kabete as you leave Westlands – both offer nice, safe walking / jogging paths that are free and open to the public. Jeffries also has a small gym and a huge open area inside the track for football, rugby, frisbee, etc..


I checked out the website for the gym at Jacaranda–looks snazzy! What are the monthly charges like?

I used to love to walk at Jaffery’s in the evening. It was a great way to clear my mind, and once I was done, I’d lay on the grass or on the hood of my car and simply take in the starry night sky. Divine!


Hello Ikram,

Welcome to Chick About Town! Thanks for letting me know you like my blog.

I hope to see more of you around here.

Best Regards,

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