Lion's Head, Cape Town Central

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Hike up to Lion's Head, a dramatic peak overlooking the city and offering panoramic views of Table Mountain National Park. The 669 m (2,195 ft) tall mountain lies next to the smaller, flat-topped Signal Hill, also known as Lion's Rump. You can reach the top on foot only on a relatively easy, scenic trek from Signal Hill. Although steep, the hike, suitable for children, doesn't present a challenge and will reward you with a picturesque picnic spot and viewpoint. Add Lion's Head and other attractions to your Cape Town trip itinerary using our Cape Town day trip planning tool .
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  • Make sure not to do this alone. For me this was really a highlight of my visit to Cape Town. It is an easy climb from the starting point on the road to Signal Hill. The biggest challenge was finding a...  more »
  • Depending on how much just on my way to the lion's head are, you need people to 45 minutes + for the climb. The way up incl. Outlook is fantastic. You should enjoy when the opportunity arises, be sure the sunset at the Summit. The only downside is that you must share it with a lot of other climbers this time of year. Necessarily bring a headlamp for the very rocky descent!
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  • A must go to Lion's head in order to discover an extraordinary view of the Cape! And in premium attend the sunset worth the visit!
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  • Hike up! not for the weak hearted. Moderate to difficult hike for an average person. But it’s a must do! You get to see some amazing views (don’t forget a camera) and meet super cool people (like most hikers). Once you get on the top, you see the Atlantic, unobstructed view of table mountain, 12 apostles, the Signal Hill, and the city of Cape Town. 5 stars and strongly recommend to everyone. Try to do a sunrise or a sunset hike. It’s worth it! I did a sunrise one (so I was there at 5 am. But there were at least 50 more people there by that time). Take plenty of water.
  • Arrive early between 5am and 6:30am during summer, don't forget water and something to eat. Expect crowds and a little wait during peak tourist seasons. There are a few routes up best to pick the route best suited to the groups experience level. Take it easy, take lots or photos of table mountain, devils peak, camps bay and the rest of the city. Amazing views once you make it to the top. Keep all your waste with you and throw it in the bin at home. During colder months be sure to wear good walking shoes with good grip and pack a warm wind and rain proof jacket. There is a vendor selling ice cold drinks for R15 at the start of the trailnas well as a Vida food and coffee truck on some days.
  • Beautiful breathtaking views all-around!! Good trail to hike up the mountain. Completely free of charge, wonderful experience! There's a small shop at the foot of the mountain for people to hydrate and recover after hiking. Nice area on top of mountain to relax and enjoy the views. A must do hiking trail! Enjoy!
  • The view is the best among table mountain and signal hill i think. The view along the way got so much to see and you don’t really feel tired while climbing up. Recommend to go up in summer time around 4pm and bring a nice bottle of wine and refreshments to chill up at top. Go down at 7pm and you’ll get to see sunset and the night view. Wonderful place to go !
  • Don't wear your 'nice' shoes.. It's time to venture upward along sand and rock with some nice climbing at the top. The view is simply just breathtaking

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