About Lion's Head

Indeed, a magnificent adventure close to the town. Lions Head stands 669 meters above sea level. Like the table mountain, it also has a flat top. Its rise captures the mind-blowing views of Cape Town from above. It is a good place to kick off your hiking expeditions. The hike is relatively short, lasting around two to three hours. The trail winds its way around the mountain and offers astounding views along the way, but you will need to get to the summit for the best possible view ever! The route is clearly marked and is easy to climb. There is a little rock scrambling close to the summit. The trail has metal ladders and climbing chains required to ascend the rock at one point. You can try this if you are the adventurous type. Thankfully, there is also a roundabout footpath that you can use instead. The Lion's head is the most popular spot among hikers, with an easy climb, amazing workout, and jaw-dropping scenic views. Definitely, this should go in your bucket list.

Must See

  • It's a moderate hiking adventure in the middle of the city.
  • The views of the city at the sunset from the hilltop is mind blowing.

How to reach

It is 4.5 Km from the city center. 

You can reach by bus or taxi. The bus fare is R 300. A taxi will cost R 100.


  • The parking spaces down below may get occupied pretty soon as the day gets more hectic.
  • Hiking is definitely not for the faint-hearted.
  • Do not sign up if you have heart problems or other health conditions.
  • Wear clothing in layers to take off when you get hotter during the hike up Lion’s Head.
  • Closed shoes that cover both the toes and ankles are recommended, running shoes also work.
  • It is not a pet-friendly place.
  • Kids can accompany adults but you should avoid rocky areas and steep climbs.
  • Visit before 6:00 a.m. or after 4:00 p.m. depending on the season, to enjoy the sunrise or sunset.
  • Lion's Head is open on all days, including public holidays.
  • Sign up with a tour guide to take you through the best routes if you are a first timer.

Visit Time

Sunday: 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Monday: 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Thursday: 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Friday: 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Saturday: 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

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The fee ranges from R 800 to R 1150.00. If you are booking with a tour group, it will include everything to hike up the Lion’s Head mountain, including transportation and refreshments.

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Time you can spend

3-5 hours


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