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I did the table mountain sunrise hike and the lions head sunset hike. Nathan was on time, courteous and the conversations with him made the hike infinitely more enjoyable. Thank you for making my whirlwind day in Cape Town so wonderful!
The views are simply stunning from this mountain and make no mistake the climb up isn't a joke.
The trail going up Lion’s head is a screwtop meaning you will be circling the mountain getting to the top. I'm an experienced hiker yet take your...More
I did this hike with my sister-in-law who is a local. We started in the dark, which allowed us to see the sunrise on our way up, which was amazing! The hike itself was a little strenuous, but even some very ill-prepared people were making...More
I did this hike in March 2018 at 5am in the morning. It was still dark out. I thought I was crazy. But, it turned out to be on one the most picturesque hikes I have ever been on. They didn't tell us that it...More
Going up is not an easy hike but managable. The climbing part can be left out as there is an alternative route. In total it takes around 2,5 hours to go up and down. The hike is worth it as the view is stunning!
The hike up Lion's Head goes around the entire mountain as you ascend, so you get a full 360-degree view of the city. The top of the mountain (unlike Table Mountain) is also quite small, providing views in every direction.
BE WARNED - if you...More
A good little hike that takes little more than an hour and a half up and down if you're in reasonable physical condition, however, the traffic jams and crowds can slow you down on weekends or days when there's good weather. Also, a head for...More
Technically, no closing time. As mentioned above it is a mountain which you can hike at your own risk. If going at sunrise or sunset, remember it's dark before the sun comes up, as well as after it goes down. (Surprising I... More
Technically, no closing time. As mentioned above it is a mountain which you can hike at your own risk. If going at sunrise or sunset, remember it's dark before the sun comes up, as well as after it goes down. (Surprising I know!) So bring a torch! It is stunning at sunrise though, would highly recommend beating the sunset crowds and waking up early.
As far as timing goes, it depends upon your level of fitness honestly. I think a reasonably fit person can make it up in 45 minutes, barring in mind that's stopping for maybe 2 five minute water breaks on the way up, not really stopping for the views too much. I would at least spend ten minutes at the top enjoying the views, having a snack, and taking a rest! anywhere from 10-30 minutes depending on what you want out of the hike. Although going down is "easier" it's still time consuming in the initial descent scrambling down all the rock. In total, I would recommend 2-3 hours.
There is a part where you need to climb a steel ladder and some steep parts the child probably needs help with, but we have seen little children hiking it as well with the help of their parents if they are brave and sporty... More
There is a part where you need to climb a steel ladder and some steep parts the child probably needs help with, but we have seen little children hiking it as well with the help of their parents if they are brave and sporty enough