Lion’s Head is one of Cape Town most popular hikes that lies in the heart if the Mother City. Lion’s Head also makes up Cape Town’s famous skyline that creates that perfect picturesque balance. I did the hike for the first time last year in May 2016 with two friends.
How to get there
Lion’s Head’s base is accessible by car as you drive through Tamboerskloof and is adjacent from the entry to the Table Mountain cable car access point. There is plenty of parking available at the base. If you don’t have a car, you can rent a cab or use Uber.
This is an easy to intermediate hike, it really depends on your fitness level. I did it for the first time and had no problems. Kids can do it too, as I saw whole families do the hike and no special hiking gear is really required.
The overall hike takes around 2 hours. I heard a lot about the ladders and chains section that sounded rather ominous, however it was simply installed metals rungs to make the climb convenient and was no problem at all.
You’ll just starting walking up a steep gravel path and then wind your way around the base. You’ll eventually climb up the ladder to start the incline to the next level.
We decided to take a rest at the middle bend just to take in the amazing views of the city bowl and the west coast. The views here are amazing. The early morning light are great for those perfect photo opportunities.
To the top
We climbed up many rocky paths and up some rocks. It was an overcast day and it had been raining the day before, and this made the soil a bit slippery, but it wasn’t too perilous.
Reaching the top made this hike totally worth it. The views offer a panoramic view of the city. I had to go to the famous rock that lies a bit off from the main area.
After that we headed down to the Waterfront to get some lunch. I definitely recommend this easy hike for outdoor enthusiasts visiting Cape Town! I’m definitely keen to do it again.
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