Lion's Head
Lion's Head
4.5
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Lion's Head in Cape Town is a peak situated at 669 meters above sea level. The hike up Lions Head takes approximately 90 minutes at a moderate pace. Lions Head trail is steep but do-able, while the 5.5km trail packs a punch (Both ways). The views from Lions head are amazing. Take a look around you and see the beauty. Lions Head hike is the preferred route for mountain enthusiasts, the easiest of the routes in Cape Town.
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1-2 hours
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Dawie G
155 contributions
Jan. 2023 • Solo
This is a must do hike to the top if you are in Cape Town. It is tough and not for the faint-hearted. The views from the top and on the way up are excellent. Take your time and spend some time at the top. We'll worth the effort.
Written February 2, 2023
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Anne
Oslo, Norway9 contributions
Dec. 2022 • Couples
Beautiful hike, would recommend staring early in the morning. Less people and cooler climate. Bring head torch, water, snack. Amazing to see sunrise and view! Breathtaking.
Also sunset makes a beautiful hike. You can easily arrange for a guide to join you, using app "get your guide."
Not to expensive and also a good opportunity of you are not comfortable doing hiking on your own.
A must if you are in Cape Town and enjoy nature, views and walks.
Several routes will take you to the top, so having a guide will make it easier finding best paths. Enjoy!
Written January 5, 2023
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Harald Gracholski
Cologne, Germany6,884 contributions
Feb. 2022
No travel guide will make you leave Cape Town without having visited the Lion's head, particularly during sunset hours. As the view indeed is spectacular is this a valid suggestion, but keep in mind that it is far from an insiders tipp. The hill gets overcrowded with legions of cars parked around the edges of the road, almost reaching half the mountain down. Therefore make sure to plan enough time, despite the heads proximity to the city, to ensure a hassle free experience. Also keep in mind that hiking back in the dark if arriving without car, is not necessarily the safest idea, so have a plan and do some realisitic expectation management, otherwise it really is a majestic sight.
Written November 28, 2022
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Anna W
Toronto, Canada3 contributions
Oct. 2022
Lion's head is the KING of the mountains. Table Mountain was nice but Lion's Head was a whole another level. I did a guided hiking tour with the company Hike Lions Head. CO . ZA without spaces. They have qualified guides and their website is informative too.
Written October 6, 2022
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James F
46 contributions
Aug. 2022
Climbed it with my nearly 8 year old son (c. 1.4m tall, so big for his age). Set off around 9.30am, mid-August weekday, plenty of climbers already on the mountain but not too busy. Bit concerned might be too much for the lad when needed a break 5 minutes in, but once we were on the more step-like section (first bit is a path on a decent incline), I (35yo indolent office worker) was the one having to keep up with him. Got lucky with the weather, and views from the top were stunning. Took an hour to get up (via staples/chains), with a couple of short breaks in there and usual pauses to let people past/down. Half hour at the top, and an hour or so back down (not via staples).
Parents worried about 8+ year olds getting up- probably be more concerned about keeping up with them on the way back down. Definitely worth it, massive highlight of the trip, particularly as the cable car was shut for Table Mountain.
Written September 23, 2022
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Jurgen B
Brussels, Belgium2,715 contributions
Aug. 2022
not an easy climb (if you want to go to the top) and we were so stupid as to go on a Saturday morning when it was full of (young) people, and the climb has lots of bottlenecks.... but OMG did we love every bit of it!
Written August 19, 2022
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Kellie F
Barnsley, UK16 contributions
Aug. 2022
A nice and relatively easy hike that leads to some amazing views of cape town. In winter, it was cold, especially given its so windy, so take layers!
Written August 8, 2022
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Tlatsi
Pretoria, South Africa2 contributions
Jun. 2022 • Friends
Not your average hike. A lot of rock climbing but worth the challenge because you get spectacular views on the top and honestly throughout the hike
Written July 1, 2022
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ashvparker
Cape Town, South Africa6 contributions
Apr. 2022
Of course Lion's head is free, other than the energy required to get up. However if you are looking for a hike, Lion's head is by far the easiest hike the gives the best of the Cape Town mountain views. Great to do for sunset and easy to get down under moonlight.
Written April 19, 2022
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michaelamitchell
Brackenfell, South Africa5 contributions
May 2021
this is actually a review for December 2019
I went with a few others & as hard as the beginning part was, I really enjoyed it. has beautiful views & not that bad for someone who's afraid of heights hahaha
Written April 10, 2022
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