Lion’s Head (Cape Town)

  • Hiking Time: 1 to 2 hours (up and down)
  • Region: Table Mountain, Cape Town 
  • Fitness level: 1 to 2
  • Technical Difficulty: A

Cape Town by night from Lion’s Head. Picture copyright: Miriam Mannak

Lion’s Head is THE perfect walk for those who want to to squeeze in a short hike after or before work – with or without the children and the dog. To get to the foot of Lion’s Head from Cape Town city centre, you have to drive up towards Table Mountain in the direction of Camps Bay via Kloofnek Road. Take the Lion’s head / Signal Hill turn-off  at the lowest point between Table Mountain on the left and Lions Head on the right. Park your car at the parking at the foot of Lion’s Head. The trail starts a few hundred meters from there.
The best thing about the Lion’s Head hike is obviously the view over Cape Town, Table Mountain, the Atlantic and Camps Bay. Although the walk can be a bit step at times, there is nothing too hectic about this hike. Along the path you will find a series of chains and ladders to assist you as you scramble up a particularly steep section of rocky faces. When walking with very young children, take the alternative route that goes around the chain- section.

Lions Head is a very popular spot among hikers when it is Full Moon and not without reason as the views over Cape Town are simply fantastic. When you decide to walk when it is full moon, please do not forget a head-torch and warm clothing as it can be chilly up there – even on a balmy summer’s eve.