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Lion's Head

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.

Want to make your time spent at Lions Head even more unforgettable? Don't forget to try one or two of these activities:

Want to experience this popular attraction is an unique and memorable way? Then you can't miss a 3 Hour Lions Head Sunset Hike.

If you're looking for more options, take a look at our Cape Town things to do page.


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Taj Cape Town ¥18,777
Taj Cape Town

Taj Cape Town

1 Wale Street, corner St Georges Mall, Cape Town, Western Cape
     
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    This family-friendly Cape Town hotel is located near the airport, steps from St. Georges Mall, Greenmarket Square, and Long Street. South African National Gallery and Kloof Street are also within 10 minutes. Cape Town Station is 9 minutes by foot.

    Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel ¥26,737
    Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel

    Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel

    76 Orange Street, Cape Town, Western Cape
       
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      This family-friendly Cape Town hotel is located in the mountains, within a 15-minute walk of Company's Garden and South African Jewish Museum. Greenmarket Square and Iziko Social History Resource Centre are also within 1 mi (2 km). Cape Town Station is 25 minutes by foot.

      Hilton Cape Town City Centre ¥12,221
      Hilton Cape Town City Centre

      Hilton Cape Town City Centre

      126 Buitengracht Street, Cape Town, Western Cape
         
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        This family-friendly Cape Town hotel is located by the ocean, just steps from Bo Kaap Museum and Long Street. Greenmarket Square and Kloof Street are also within 10 minutes. Cape Town Station is 14 minutes by foot.

        21 Nettleton ¥73,640
        21 Nettleton

        21 Nettleton

        19 Nettleton Road, Clifton, Cape Town, Western Cape
           
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated on the waterfront, this luxury hotel is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Clifton Bay Beach and within 6 mi (10 km) of Lions Head and Cape Town Stadium. Kloof Street and V&A Waterfront are also within 6 mi (10 km).

          Cape View Clifton ¥15,461
          Cape View Clifton

          Cape View Clifton

          232 Kloof Road, Clifton, Cape Town, Western Cape
             
            4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated near the beach, this luxury bed & breakfast is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Clifton Bay Beach and within 3 mi (5 km) of Camps Bay Beach and Kloof Street. Sea Point Swimming Pool and Sea Point Pavillion are also within 2 mi (3 km).

            32 top road fresnaye ¥8,487
            32 top road fresnaye

            32 top road fresnaye

            32 Top Rd, Cape Town, Western Cape
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Bantry Bay, this guesthouse is within 3 mi (5 km) of Sea Point Swimming Pool, Cape Town Stadium, and Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. Signal Hill and Lions Head are also within 3 mi (5 km).

              Sea Lion
              Sea Lion

              Sea Lion

              20 Top Road, Clifton, Cape Town, Western Cape
                 
                4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Bantry Bay, this luxury villa is within 3 mi (5 km) of Sea Point Swimming Pool, Cape Town Stadium, and Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. Signal Hill and Lions Head are also within 3 mi (5 km).

                Nettleton 7
                Nettleton 7

                Nettleton 7

                7 Nettleton Road, Cape Town, Western Cape
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Cape Town, this apartment building is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Clifton Bay Beach and 1.8 mi (3 km) from Camps Bay Beach. Sea Point Swimming Pool and Sea Point Pavillion are also within 2 mi (3 km).