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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  • The walking and hiking tour is very great I have but little muscle soreness the next day the climb at the end but was it worth definitely it should ca 1 h plan for the high
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  • This short hike provides views over the whole of Cape Town from all angles. Watching sunset from the top is nothing short of a fairytale. Be sure to take some water and something warm for the top! Hig...  more »
  • drive up here for a magical view of table mountain and the whole of cape town stretching below you .... plus you can watch the paragliders !!!  more »
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  • Highly recommended moderate hike. All fitness levels. There's a short ladder to get to the peak. The ocean views are incredible from here. Also ideal for a moonlight hike.
  • My first time visiting this spectacular views and surroundings. Even got to see green point stadium from a different view. Really something to do and if you fit is to try out the hiking trails. Saw a few paragliding guys going down at Lions Head at Fly Sky guys. Beautiful day today, clear skies, little bit of a breeze and very hot today. Truly a awesome summer day
  • Great place to hike a bit. It was only a bit exhausting because i really don:t have any training. Just be sure to take enough water and good shoes. The last part where there are even rings in the stones is the best part and watching the sunset there is unbelievable. Just take a light with you cause it gets really dark really fast. The view over the city lights at nights is astonishing. Enjoy!
  • Simply the most convenient hike in Cape Town. It is a 45-60 minute hike depending on your fitness level and amount of breaks you take. Pretty much doable for everyone who is (still) fit. Stunning views off the top and best when done for sunrise. There is an option with ladders and chains to climb and a longer walk around that part to the top. Definetely worth it but can get very crowded with waiting times at the chains and ladders. As usual: bring sufficient water and snacks and a jacket for possible weather conditions that may change quick.
  • Great fun! Takes about a hour to climb and 45min to get down. Put comfortable shoes on for hiking and bring enough water. The view is amazing.
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