Lion's Head sunset hike from Cape Town
- Panoramic views of Cape Town
- Gorgeous sunset over the ocean
- Short hike with easy to moderate ascent
All about the trip
Of all hikes in Cape Town, Lions Head hike is definitely the most popular. Seated between Table Mountain and Signal Hill this sphinx-like peak provides 360-degree views of the city, Table Bay, and the Atlantic seaboard.
For a period of time, I lived below this giant and regarded it as my backyard jungle gym. With the summer sunsets after 8 o’clock, there is ample time to take a jog or walk up to the summit and watch the golden sunset.
On the full moon, this sunset hike is extremely popular with fitter locals and tourists alike, although it is pretty easy for the unfit to use as the start of their new adventure lifestyle. Do not forget your torch or headlamp as you navigate your way down, forming part of a string of Christmas lights spiraling the rocky footpath. Mind your step, especially if you are planning on summit “sundowners”.
A short hike, the ascent is around 45 minutes to an hour and the decent half of that for those wanting to challenge themselves. Relatively steep slopes, rock scrambles, and climbs will give you a good working over.
The route starts off easy but becomes a bit of a challenge for those afraid of heights and climbing as you near the steep cliffs. Halfway through there is a 90 degree climb up various chain ladders which can cause major traffic jams. There is an alternate route to the left of this ascent. If you are a seasoned hiker or climber you will find other routes up and down the left of the chains but consider it confidently driving in the yellow line.
International accents can be heard all along this route. I have met some interesting adventures. From British soldiers on R&R to wanderlust Hollanders on a month long journey of South Africa. I even had the pleasure of meeting a local man who was going up for the first time in his life despite living in the lights below for 50 years.
If you have ever been to the top of a high rise building like the Empire State, this is the equivalent. Gorgeous views but you may have to fight your way for a good vantage point. I still prefer finding a lower rock and lay there letting the 500-year-old sandstone soak up a long day’s sweat.
With so many people scaling the commercial giant, be sure to stay on the beaten path. An easy hike but responsible for many casualties over the years as people do not stick their limits and safety.
The windy conditions are ideal around Lions Head and there should be no excuse for Capetonians not to have walked this beast. Tourists will get a unique view of the city and its sites that rival the paragliders that soar below. Cape Town’s own skyscraper.
What is included in the price
- Experienced guide
- Bottled water and a snack
What is not included in the price
- Meals or refreshments other than specified
You must be physically-able to hike to do this activity.
Please dress according to local weather conditions.
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