Taming Lion’s Head in Cape Town

Lion's Head Cape Town

“This must be one of the most beautiful views in the world,” I suggested to my brother, Steve. I stood precariously on a precipice taking in the iconic view of Table Bay and the Mother City – Cape Town, South Africa. I walked just a few steps to the other side of the abyss and found another stunning view of the Atlantic coastline.

Lion’s Head is part of the Table Mountain range, rising to 2,195 feet above sea level. Named by 17th century Dutch settlers, Lion’s Head and the adjacent mountain at Signal Hill, which is sometimes called “the Lion’s Rump,” form a crouching feline.

A couple of the guidebooks said it would take one hour to hike to the top. Well, maybe – and I do mean maybe – if you are an athletic, avid hiker. I am relatively fit, but it took me around three hours to reach the top. Perhaps the hot sun slowed me down… Yes, that’s my excuse, and I’m sticking with it.


The majority of the walk is challenging but doable and very enjoyable if you pace yourself; and the reward at the top is worth the effort.


The ascent starts with a gravel path at Signal Hill Road, at the base of the Forestry Road. It looked so innocent. I thought this would be the easiest part. I was wrong. While the path is wide and flat, the ascent was steeper than it looks and sweat was inevitable. Luckily there are benches build in along the way, to give some people a break for their lungs and quads.

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Read how Patti Tamed Lion’s Head in Cape Town, South Africa. (WaveJourney)


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