This is not one of the easiest hikes in and around Cape Town, but undoubtedly one of the short walks with the best views by far, and all of this is still for free! You are rewarded with views of the city bowl, Table Mountain and the Limiet Berge (Limit Mountains) in the West, and as you round the fist turn you have spectacular views of Camps Bay and the Twelve Apostles.
This must surely be a tourists heaven, but sadly I am always amazed at how few Capetonians have taken time out to do this stunning walk.
Park your car under the tall Blue gum trees on your right hand side of Signal Hill road. Opposite the road you will see a fairly steep gravel road with a boom across it. Follow the road all the way, it eventually tapers down to a path. I don’t think that one can get lost on this mountain, but there are big drops where one could get seriously hurt.
For the person with average fitness one should be able to reach the summit within an hour, but give
yourself a lot more time to sit and enjoy the views and take heaps of photos. There is a short piece where one has to use chains to get to the next level, but I would not call this strenuous, but still care must be taken. There is a slightly longer route round the chains for those that feel that they are not up to it.
This is also an extremely popular route at full moon. People usually leave before sunset, and enjoy the sunset over the Atlantic, and then watch the moon rise over the mountains in the east. Make sure you have picnic goodies with you and a warm jacket and torch that will last all the way down. The last time I was up Lions Head at night, was on the day before full moon, and at the summit I counted more than 100 people, and the people were still coming up non stop. I was also surprised at how many people walked without lights. People think that the full moon is enough light, but in reality the moon still casts shadows behind rocks and bushes and this makes your footing difficult at times. Once you round the mountain on your way down there is also no moon light, as you are walking in the shadow of the mountain.
Don’t forget to take pics from signal Hill overlooking the new stadium and Sea Point, a little further down the road.
|Lions Head, Cape Town|
|Tel no||No booking||G.P.S.||–33.936513,18.394797|
|Cell no||Still for free|
|Nearest Town||Cape Town||Max Persons||I have counted more than a 100 people at the summit|
|Distance from Town||5 km, 9 mins||Overnight Shelter||N/A|
|Map to start of hike||View Map||Brochure|
|No of days||One Day, +- 3 hours(up and down)||Trail Type||Circular|
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