Lions head is a popular spiral hike on Table Mountains sister peak and summits at 669m above sea Level. Lions Head is surrounded by uninterrupted views throughout the hike.
Lions Head is a great alternate hike to a Table Mountain summit and is still part of the Table Mountain national Park. It is a shorter hike and you don’t have to work as hard to get to the top, but this is by no means an easy hike and a relatively good fitness level is required.
The Lions Head hiking route starts off on a jeep track and soon leads into a rocky single path and some stone steps. There are some steep sections and it gets harder as you reach the summit. The use of staples/chains and ladders aid hikers in certain sections along the route. The staples can be avoided by a taking a slight detour around the corner.
During the hike you’ll see varieties of Table Mountain’s unique fynbos and impressive rock formations throughout. Large cape granite boulders are found on the lower slopes and as we get higher we’ll hike over the sandstone cliffs. Lions head is home to the beautiful silver tree, they do not grow anywhere else in the world but on few slopes of the Table Mountain range. Lions head is also home to the Dassie, Table mountains popular mammal and there is a good chance of spotting one on Lions Head if you keep an eye out.
Once at the top of Lions Head we’ll take some well deserved time to relax and enjoy the panoramic 360 degree views of the City of Cape Town, Table Mountain, Robben Island and the white sandy beaches and suburbs of the prestige Atlantic Seaboard. The views from the summit are mind blowing and a great way to put the surroundings into perspective.
On the way back down we take you a little off track to Wally’s Cave, a secret hidden cave on Lions Head that many travelers fail to find and that’s because it’s not that easy to get there if you don’t know where you going. Wally’s cave is renowned as a spectacular photo location known for capturing a picturesque shot of the iconic Table Mountain through this little hidden cave.
Best Time to hike
This is a very popular hike among locals and travelers and depending on the time of day, this route can get crowded especially on weekends and school holidays in the summer months. Hiking early in the morning is recommended to beat the crowds and the summer heat.
Meeting and Parking:
Meet at the small wooden shed at the beginning of the jeep track, opposite a parking area about 600m from the start of Signal hill road.
Lion’s Head, Signal Hill road, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa