lions head and signal hill

Signal Hill

Secret Cape Town - Signal Hill

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Situated next to Lion’s Head is the 300-meter-high, flat-topped hill called Signal Hill. What makes Signal Hill one of the best places to visit in Cape is the fact that it offers magnificent views of the Atlantic Ocean, Robben Island, Table Bay, the Harbor and the City Bowl. It is also a great place to watch a beautiful Cape Town sunset while enjoying the best views of the city.

Being positioned high above the peninsula, it is a popular lookout point and signal flags were used to communicate weather warnings to ships below. Flags were also hoisted to let the people know that a ship was approaching the harbour. In distress ships could also use flags to signal for help, hence the name, Signal Hill.

Signal Hill forms part of the Table Mountain National Park and is sometimes called the Lion’s Rump which, together with Lion’s Head, resembles a sleeping lion. This renowned hill is also a popular launch site for model airplanes and para-gliders. Aside from a spacious viewing area, it also has picnic tables and a large parking area.

Signal Hill is also home to the famous Noon Gun. It is located at Lion’s Battery on the lower slopes of Signal Hill. This old-fashioned canon has been fired every day at 12:00 noon since 4 August 1902. Accordingly, its initial purpose was to allow ships in port to check the accuracy of their marine chronometers.