Hike Lion's Head for sunset

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Afternoon Hike Lion's Head for sunset

Get rewarded with a spectacular 360 degrees views. It is not the highest of the many peaks that make up the Cape Peninsula mountain chain but it is one of the three iconic peaks that surround the city of Cape Town.

To Hike Lion's Head to the top can take anywhere between one and two hours. Form the top of Lion's Head you can cast your eyes over the city of Cape Town, Table Mountain, the beaches of Camps Bay, Clifton and the sparkling coastline. There’s no swift cable way ride to the top. The somewhat steep hike winds its way around the head until you reach the top; It involves some interesting aspects: ladders, a chain traverse of an exposed ridge and some steel handles for safety reasons. Way it is a Cape Town tradition to hike to the summit to toast the full moon as it rises over the mountains to the East and to watch the sun setting to the West.

Hike Lion's Head

- facts -

The first official use of Lion's Head was a permanent watch station with a small signal cannon and a flag. Under British occupation a signaling station was built on Signal Hill replacing the old Dutch cannon on the top of Lion's Head. Today at 12 midday you will hear the Noon Gun as it is now called from the slopes of Signal Hill. This is the oldest tradition in Cape Town.

Geological marvel

Lion's Head is one of the few places in the world where you can see three different rock units, the story started about 560 million years ago to today's formation a bullet-hard sandstone, with very steep terrain and vertical cliffs. Lion's Head is situated within the Cape Floral Kingdom, the smallest Kingdom in the world!

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  • Breathtaking 360-degree view
  • Lion’s Head summit – 669 meters
  • Unabated views Cape Town and surrounding.
  • Sunset
Hiking up Lion's Head

Cape Town

Clear sky
  • Clear sky
  • Temperature: 9 °C
  • Wind: Variable, 5.6 km/h
  • Pressure: 1023 hPa
  • Rel. Humidity: 76 %
  • Visibility: 10 km
Reported on:
Thu, 06/30/2022 - 05:00
Tour Code: 
Hiking Tour
Hiking Tour
Hike Duration: 
5 km
Rocky path and many uneven steps.
Evening hike under the moon
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