The Lion's Head Mountain Summit

The Lions Head hike of the most popular hiking trails (if not the most) in Cape Town. It is a landmark amongst locals, visitors and trail runners. If you don’t have the time or energy to hike up Table Mountain then I highly suggest trying Lion’s Head.

The trail goes all around the mountain like a screwtop so you get views in all directions. It’s a perfect walk for those who want to squeeze in a short hike before or after work for golden sunsets. The full moon hikes are extremely popular so take a torch light with and add at least another hour to your duration.

Lions Head Hike

Lions Head Hike Details

Time

± 2 Hours

Distance

± 5 KM

Difficulty

Moderate

Terrain

Single rocky track, steps, ladders and steep sections.

How to find Lions Head

Follow this route:

  • Park your car at Signal Hill Road (Lion’s Head Parking).
  • You will probably see the Vida e Caffe Truck at the starting point of the hike.
  • Follow the main route as suggested on the notice boards.

Walley’s Cave

 

 
 
 
 
 
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There are a few hidden caves on Lion’s Head. The most popular one is Wally’s Cave but unfortunately the route to this cave has been closed.

Other Caves on Lion's Head

 

 
 
 
 
 
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I found another cave facing Signal Hill but not sure what the name is. Please let me know in the comment section if you know.

  • Water– Take at least 2L with you.
  • Snacks – Fill your backpack with snacks and water especially if you want to have a picnic and enjoy the city view.
  • Hiking Shoes – Wear hiking boots or trainers with good grip as there is a bit of climbing and few steep paths.
  • Hat and Sunblock – The majority of the route is exposed to sun. Try to start the hike early to avoid the midday sun.
  • Camera or Smartphone – The scenery, flowers, dassies and city views are incredible so definitely worth it to capture the moments.
  • This hike is moderate and therefore children below the age of 12 can do it.
  • The hiking trail is pet-friendly.
  • There has been reports of muggings so be vigilant.
  • Don’t hike alone – Try to get a group of 3+ together.
  • If threatened, do not resist.
  • Table Mountain National Park: 0861 106 417
  • SAPS: 10111