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View over Sea Point

This is not one of the eas­i­est hikes in and around Cape Town, but undoubt­edly one of the short walks with the best views by far, and all of this is still for free! You are rewarded with views of the city bowl, Table Moun­tain and the Lim­iet Berge (Limit Moun­tains) in the West, and as you round the fist turn you have spec­tac­u­lar views of Camps Bay and the Twelve Apostles.

This must surely be a tourists heaven, but sadly I am always amazed at how few Capeto­ni­ans have taken time out to do this stun­ning walk.

Park your car under the tall Blue gum trees on your right hand side of Sig­nal Hill road. Oppo­site the road you will see a fairly steep gravel road with a boom across it. Fol­low the road all the way, it even­tu­ally tapers down to a path. I don’t think that one can get lost on this moun­tain, but there are big drops where one could get seri­ously hurt.

For the per­son with aver­age fit­ness one should be able to reach the sum­mit within an hour, but give
your­self a lot more time to sit and enjoy the views and take heaps of pho­tos. There is a short piece where one has to use chains to get to the next level, but I would not call this stren­u­ous, but still care must be taken. There is a slightly longer route round the chains for those that feel that they are not up to it.

This is also an extremely pop­u­lar route at full moon. Peo­ple usu­ally leave before sun­set, and enjoy the sun­set over the Atlantic, and then watch the moon rise over the moun­tains in the east. Make sure you have pic­nic good­ies with you and a warm jacket and torch that will last all the way down. The last time I was up Lions Head at night, was on the day before full moon, and at the sum­mit I counted more than 100 peo­ple, and the peo­ple were still com­ing up non stop. I was also sur­prised at how many peo­ple walked with­out lights. Peo­ple think that the full moon is enough light, but in real­ity the moon still casts shad­ows behind rocks and bushes and this makes your foot­ing dif­fi­cult at times. Once you round the moun­tain on your way down there is also no moon light, as you are walk­ing in the shadow of the mountain.

Don’t for­get to take pics from sig­nal Hill over­look­ing the new sta­dium and Sea Point, a lit­tle fur­ther down the road.


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Lions Head, Cape Town
Con­tact Details
Tel no No book­ing G.P.S. 33.936513,18.394797
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Hike Details
Near­est Town Cape Town Max Per­sons I have counted more than a 100 peo­ple at the summit
Dis­tance from Town 5 km, 9 mins Overnight Shel­ter N/​A
Map to start of hike View Map Brochure
No of days One Day, +- 3 hours(up and down) Trail Type Cir­cu­lar
Tips and things to do

These tips will prob­a­bly apply to many camp sites, but this is what we thought should not be forgotten

1. If you are going to do this walk at night, make sure that you have a head­light with you.
2. Make sure that you have a warm jacket with you, as even a slight wind can make it very nippy.

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