Secret Cape Town

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Between Table Mountain and Signal Hill is a mountain called Lion’s Head, which resembles a proud lion overlooking the city of Cape Town. It is part of the Table Mountain National Park and considered one of the most popular hiking destinations in Cape Town. It offers stunning views of Camps Bay, the Atlantic, Table Mountain, Twelve Apostles, Sea Point, Signal Hill and the City Bowl.

Lion’s Head peaks at 669 meters above sea level and it’s about an hour and a half of relatively easy hiking to the top. The hike starts at the car park on Signal Hill Road. Follow the trail which circles around the mountain to get to the top. The hike is easy up until the point just before you reach the summit. To reach the summit, a fair amount of climbing is required. Luckily a series of chains and steel ladders were installed to assist you with the ascend and descend. Along the way you will also see epic paragliding launch sites.

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The name was given to it by the Dutch in the 17th century, they called it Leeuwen Kop (Lion’s Head). Signal Hill used to be called Leeuwen Staart (Lion’s Tail) – the two together reminded the first Dutch settlers of a crouching lion.

Hike up in the morning for a breathtaking sunrise or in the afternoon to experience a world famous Cape Town sunset. If you feel really brave, try the full moon hike and witness the amazing view of the sun setting over the sea and the moon rising over the mountains. Without a doubt, Lion’s Head is a big favourite of both locals and tourists who love a good hike and stunning panoramic views. Remember to bring your camera  for an unforgettable photo!