Lion’s head in Cape Town is a popular spiral hike on Table Mountain’s sister peak, and summits at 669m above Sea Level. Lions Head is surrounded by uninterrupted views throughout the hike. It is important to note that this route does not summit on Table Mountain itself.
Lions Head hike in Cape Town 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 not an easy hike and a relatively good fitness level is required.
The Lions Head hike 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 is getting harder as you reach the summit. The use of staples/chains and ladders assist hikers in certain sections along the route. The staples can be avoided by taking a slight detour around the corner of the path.
During the Lions Head hike, you’ll see varieties of Table Mountain’s unique fynbos and impressive rock formations throughout the hike. Large cape granite boulders are found on the lower slopes, and as we get higher we’ll hike over the sandstone cliffs. Lion’s head in Cape Town is home to the beautiful silver tree, they do not grow anywhere else in the world but on the few slopes of the Table Mountain range. Lion’s head is also home to the Dassie, Table mountain’s popular mammal, and there is a good chance of spotting one on the Lions Head hike if you keep an eye out for them.
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 Cape Town into a new perspective.
On the way back down we, take you a little off the trail to Wally’s Cave, a secret hidden cave on Lions Head that many travelers fail to find. 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.
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.
- We start our hikes at 06:30 – 07:30 am.
- Our guide will be at the meeting point waiting for you.
- The hike takes about 3 hours to complete.
- The hike finishes back at the start point.
Meeting and Parking
- We meet at the small wooden shed at the beginning of the jeep track.
- There is a parking area about 600 m from the start of Signal hill road.
Lion’s Head, Signal Hill road, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
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- Prices exclude cable car tickets down which can be bought at the top after the hike.
- Group hikes stay small and we only pair up if fitness levels and expectations match.
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