COVID-19 alert: Travel requirements are changing rapidly, including need for pre-travel COVID-19 testing and quarantine on arrival.

Lions Head
Vacation Travel Guide

Look down on the city and the Atlantic Ocean from the top of one of the mountains that tower over Cape Town.

Go hiking on Lion's Head, a towering peak that forms part of the scenic backdrop to Cape Town. It sits to the right of Table Mountain when looking at it from the city and is part of the Table Mountain range. Unsurprisingly, the views from its slopes and summit are spectacular and well worth the climb to enjoy them.

Lion's Head rises 2,195 feet (669 meters) above sea level. It was named during the 17th century by Dutch settlers who saw that this mountain, Signal Hill, and the space between the peaks resemble a crouching lion.

The walk up to the summit from the base takes a person of average fitness between 1 and 2 hours. Use the well-marked trail, along which are chains and ladders to help you get up some of the steeper parts. If you have young children in your party, use the alternative route that avoids the chain section.

Once you reach the summit enjoy the panoramic views. Look out over Table Bay and the city on one side and the Atlantic shoreline on the other. For an equally thrilling experience, embark on a torchlight hike up Lion's Head during a full moon.

In addition to hiking the mountain is also a well-known spot for hangliding, paragliding and microlight flights.

To get to Lion’s Head from the city center, follow signs to Lion's Head and Signal Hill. Park in the free parking bays near the start of the hiking trail. There is no water along the route so bring some with you, as well as sunscreen if you are hiking during the day.

Lion’s Head is part of the Table Mountain National Park, where you can also enjoy forest walks, see a land-based colony of African penguins and hike up other peaks, including Table Mountain.

Top things to do in Lions Head

Top Hotels Close to Lions Head

President Hotel
President Hotel
4 out of 5
4 Alexander Road, Bantry Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape
The price is ¥6,228 per night from Mar 4 to Mar 5

Located in Sea Point, this beach hotel is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Sea Point Swimming Pool and within 3 mi (5 km) of Camps Bay Beach and Cape Town Stadium. Sea Point ...

4/5Very Good! (388 reviews)
L'excellence

"tout était excellent, la vue sur piscine et mer, l'appartement, la literie, la cuisinette, salon et tv. Rien à redire. La pizza et les cocktails étaient merveilleux. Pleins de restos et magasins accessibles à pieds. Le boardwalk avec sa plage, divin. Nous y reviendrons, c'est sûr."…"

Reviewed on Nov 23, 2020

President Hotel
Taj Cape Town
Taj Cape Town
5 out of 5
1 Wale Street, corner St Georges Mall, Cape Town, Western Cape
The price is ¥11,046 per night from Mar 3 to Mar 4

This family-friendly Cape Town hotel is located near the airport, just steps from St. Georges Mall and Long Street. Kloof Street and Castle of Good Hope are ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (997 reviews)

"One of the best five star hotels in the World, who looked after us like family at one the the greatest crises the World has ever experienced"…"

Reviewed on Mar 31, 2020

Taj Cape Town
21 Nettleton
21 Nettleton
5 out of 5
19 Nettleton Road, Clifton, Cape Town, Western Cape
The price is ¥752,338 per night from Mar 2 to Mar 3

Situated on the waterfront, this luxury hotel is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Clifton Bay Beach and within 3 mi (5 km) of Kloof Street and Lions Head. Cape Town Stadium ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (7 reviews)

"Wonderful haven of peace, tranquility and excellent 6 star service. We will be back with certainty !!!"…"

Reviewed on Feb 14, 2020

21 Nettleton
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Lions Head

Lions Head

Best Lodging Options Near Lions Head

President Hotel
President Hotel
4 out of 5
4 Alexander Road, Bantry Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape
The price is ¥6,228 per night from Mar 4 to Mar 5
President Hotel
Taj Cape Town
Taj Cape Town
5 out of 5
1 Wale Street, corner St Georges Mall, Cape Town, Western Cape
The price is ¥11,046 per night from Mar 3 to Mar 4
Taj Cape Town
21 Nettleton
21 Nettleton
5 out of 5
19 Nettleton Road, Clifton, Cape Town, Western Cape
The price is ¥752,338 per night from Mar 2 to Mar 3
21 Nettleton
Atlantic Affair Boutique Hotel
Atlantic Affair Boutique Hotel
4 out of 5
9 Clarens Road, Sea Point, Cape Town, Western Cape
The price is ¥6,925 per night from Mar 2 to Mar 3
Atlantic Affair Boutique Hotel
Nettleton 7
Nettleton 7
4 out of 5
7 Nettleton Road, Cape Town, Western Cape
Nettleton 7
Cape View Clifton
Cape View Clifton
4.5 out of 5
232 Kloof Road, Clifton, Cape Town, Western Cape
Cape View Clifton
Villa Seeleeu at Western Cape
Villa Seeleeu at Western Cape
Cape Town, Western Cape (province)
Villa Seeleeu at Western Cape
Arcadia 19a
Arcadia 19a
4.5 out of 5
19a Arcadia Road, Fresnaye, Cape Town, Western Cape
Arcadia 19a
32 top road fresnaye
32 top road fresnaye
3 out of 5
32 Top Rd, Cape Town, Western Cape
32 top road fresnaye
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.