Lion's Head

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Lion's Head
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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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Robert O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands2,767 contributions
Lion's Head by fair means
Nov 2021
I took me two hours to get from Adderley station in downtown Cape Town, to the summit of Lion's Head. One hour to the saddle at Kloof Nek and another hour from there. It is a relatively short hike compared to Table mountain and much less exhausting. The views are as spectaculair.

Only the last part of this hike involves some scrambling over rocks, but there are ladders, chains and staples. I went last Wednesday afternoon. There were many people, but no line ups anywhere. The summit area is rather flat and spacious.

Instead of hiking up from the city center, take a MyCiti bus 106 or 107 to the saddle at Kloof Nek 1. Then follow the road towards Signal Hill. On your lefthand side you will see a trail going up. Alternatively by car drive to the parking lot on the same road and start from there. The latter option is best for people who are not very fit.
Written 13 November 2021
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Miggels
19 contributions
Incredible!
Nov 2021 • Family
I have wanted to do this hike for a while and finally got the chance. It was a lot tougher than expected. We were caught in the rain at the top and coming down was very scary on the wet rocks. Taking a rain jacket would be a good idea! The chain ladders and staples going up are easy but a little scary on the way down. Having said that, my 10 year old managed to do the hike. The views all along the route were amazing. You get such varying views on the route.
Definitely something to add to your bucket list of things to do.
Written 11 November 2021
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Traveling One
Greenville, SC732 contributions
Amazing!
Oct 2021 • Couples
We started the hike 2 hours before sunset and I will say that’s the perfect time to hike. The first part of the hike was shaded and the second part got quiet hot in the direct sun. Fortunately later in day the sun is not as strong.. so it didn’t bother us too much.

The hike itself was easy until you get towards the top of which is required scrambling among rocks. I would definitely wear proper hiking shoes! We took the “long” route on the way up and the shorter route on the way down that involved chains/ladders. No lie I was terrified going down but felt accomplished doing it! Hindsight, it wasn’t that bad. But if you’re inexperienced it can be frightening.

We went during a weekday but it was a full moon and it was PACKED. Very very busy. We went down right after sunset and people were coming up like crazy. It made the way down very long. I would definitely avoid hiking this during a full moon or leave right after sunset like we did. There was a huge bottleneck and you have to make a point to bypass the slow hikers or you’ll be waiting forever to get down. We took headlamps for the hike down and are glad we did! Despite a full moon it was cloudy so it was difficult to see

Overall we enjoyed this hike and recommend it!
Written 26 October 2021
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Tripp S
Charlottesville, VA74 contributions
Hard hike with areas of climbing with chins and hand holds...
Jul 2021
Not for the weak, but the views at the top are amazing and the experience is worth the climb. This is not an easy quick walk, but involves some rock scramble and some effort.
Written 20 July 2021
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BERNARD S
3 contributions
Must do to believe
Apr 2021
Words can not suitably describe the constantly changing landscape as it reveals itself to you as you put one foot in front of the other. Took me 3 x longer than average time to walk it since I was consumed with oohing and aahing almost at every step. If you happen to have a drone camera, it would allow for images that will leave your friends gasping at the images, for all the right reasons.
Written 30 June 2021
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Aden T
Ontario, Canada6 contributions
Windy but beautiful scenery
Jan 2021
Our day at lions head were quite a windy experience. Very beautiful views but weather can be set down on a cold windy day. Good comfortable shoes and a warm jacket should be on the prepared list. We trained to come here before hand as we heard it can be quite steep. Not sure at all as we never made it to the top as the wind made it almost impossible.
Written 30 June 2021
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Maimoon A
7 contributions
Nice Hike with Friends
Dec 2020 • Friends
Cape Town is amazing place to enjoy the scenery and go for a good hike. Every year when I go down to Cape Town it’s a must, no need for guides really. Drive up to lions head early morning and enjoy the hike up, simple for beginners and beautiful scenery as you walk around lion head to go to the top.

Also nice place for a beautiful sunset over the water 👌🏼
Written 7 June 2021
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ecsonza
Cape Town, South Africa1,487 contributions
Lions Head Lower Loop Hike
Apr 2021 • Friends
Lions Head lower loop is a great hike for the hiker who doesn't enjoy heights.
You can sy this huge from both directions, but anti-clockwise is better. It is also used by trail runners and a lot of dogs. Best to go early morning for a cooler hike.
The trails do get very busy and parking is, a, mission. We started our hike where the Vida E, coffee Caffe cart is stationed. There is a bit of shade and parts of the path is pretty rocky with some loose sand so wear good walking shoes. Stunning views of Sea point and Camps Bay and the Twelve Apostles. On a clear day you can see the cable car going up Table Mountain. There are some benches for you to rest and take on the beautiful views. You should be moderatly fit to do this hike. Walking back to to the car park is pretty steep.

Written 17 April 2021
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Nazlie D
Cape Town Central, South Africa271 contributions
Lower Loop Hike
Mar 2021 • Friends
We were 3 ladies that did this 5 kilometer hike around the lower loop of LionsHead.
This route can be done in both directions, but anti-clockwise is better. It is also used by trail runners and a lot of dogs.

Parking is almost impossible and it is better to take an Uber to be dropped off or if you are patient to wait a few moments in front of the start (Vida Caffe cart) for an available space.
If you park anywhere else, please exercise caution as there are a lot of chancers on the readjust waiting for a chance to snatch stuff.

The hike itself is safe as the traffic is constant and a lot.

The start is right next to the coffee cart and for a while the path is uncovered. Once you get past the fork, and start descending into the road next to Highlevel road, it has a lot of shade. A lot of vantage points for photography and stunning views of Sea point and Camps bay.

The distance is a good workout and can be done by people of any fitness level. Also child friend although this morning , I didn’t see any kids.
Written 29 March 2021
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Soehail Braakman
London, UK655 contributions
A whole climbe/take drinks
Mar 2021
Great hike even for beginners. I love the fact that you can choose between the more advanced (with the ladders/high runs) or to go around the mountain which is perfect. I think that you must do this when you are in CPT especially because of the great views! Just before sunset it’s the best, but please be careful and take someone with you (for security on route) and four hikers is the best number but since this is so popular I think its good. No drink facilities/toilets on the hike so be prepared and prep!
Written 28 March 2021
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