A relaxing trek with spectacular views of the city. The Kabul City Wall, which runs west-east from Babar Gardens to Bala Hissar, is still in good shape (about 3 km in distance).
Kabul Golf Club
Qargha Rd, +93 79 22 63 27.
It was closed by the Soviet Union in 1978 and reopened in 2004 after a 25-year break. “Extreme golf with an attitude” is how this 9-hole course describes itself. Greens fees are AFN750/USD15 for 9 or 18 holes, or AFN15,000/USD300 per year.
Shows mostly Bollywood or cheap action movies, with the occasional American blockbuster.
Amani High School sports field
Football (soccer) with local Afghan males, frisbee (with a group of foreigners), and a 400 meter jogging track in fairly green and attractive surroundings are open to the public on Tuesday afternoons and Fridays. Free.
Ghazi Stadium (National Stadium)
The Afghan football team’s home. The mine museum is just past the stadium, as is a route up the hill where hundreds of Afghan men and boys are flying kites on vacation.
Kabul National Cricket Stadium
The Afghan cricket team’s home. Newly constructed.
In the city, there are a few swimming pools. The best is probably at the Serena, although it’ll set you back USD30 to use it. The swimming pool in the UNICA club (USD5) is highly popular, especially on Fridays, when there is probably as much catwalking as swimming going on. Internationals (also known as Maple Leaf) features a huge and frequently empty pool (USD7) that is housed in a plastic shed rather than being outside. The pool at Le Divan is very busy on Fridays. Women should not wear anything revealing unless they are in a private or foreigner-only setting (especially bikinis).