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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.


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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 near the airport, 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.

    South Beach Camps Bay Boutique Hotel ¥13,360
    South Beach Camps Bay Boutique Hotel

    South Beach Camps Bay Boutique Hotel

    6 Link Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape
       
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Camps Bay, this luxury aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Clifton Bay Beach and Camps Bay Beach. Kloof Street and Lions Head are also within 3 mi (5 km).

      President Hotel ¥4,168
      President Hotel

      President Hotel

      4 Alexander Road, Bantry Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        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 Pavillion and Milton Beach are also within 15 minutes.

        Welgelegen Boutique Guest House ¥10,955
        Welgelegen Boutique Guest House

        Welgelegen Boutique Guest House

        6 Stephen Street, Cape Town, Western Cape
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Cape Town City Centre, this boutique hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cape Town Medi Clinic and Kloof Street. Long Street and Greenmarket Square are also within 2 mi (3 km). Cape Town Station is 29 minutes by foot.

          21 Nettleton ¥67,599
          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 3 mi (5 km) of Kloof Street and Lions Head. Cape Town Stadium and Table Mountain are also within 6 mi (10 km).

            Cape View Clifton ¥13,225
            Cape View Clifton

            Cape View Clifton

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

              Situated in the mountains, this luxury bed & breakfast is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Clifton Bay Beach and within 3 mi (5 km) of Camps Bay Beach and Kloof Street. Lions Head is 3 mi (4.8 km) away.

              Nettleton 7
              Nettleton 7

              Nettleton 7

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

                Situated near the beach, this apartment building is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Clifton Bay Beach and within 3 mi (5 km) of Camps Bay Beach and Kloof Street. Lions Head and Signal Hill are also within 3 mi (5 km).

                Arcadia 19a
                Arcadia 19a

                Arcadia 19a

                19a Arcadia Road, Fresnaye, Cape Town, Western Cape
                   
                  4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated near the beach, this luxury villa is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Sea Point Swimming Pool and within 3 mi (5 km) of Signal Hill and Lions Head. Camps Bay Beach and Kloof Street are also within 3 mi (5 km).