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Lion's Head

Lion's Head

Table Mountain National Park, Cape Town

The Basics

The steep spiraling hike up Lion’s Head is a challenging yet popular mission among locals and tourists alike. You can join a tour that climbs the peak for sunset or stop by on a cycling tour of the city. To see Lion’s Head set against its surroundings, hop on a helicopter tour of Cape Town and the Atlantic Coast. Thrill seekers can also take in the views on a paragliding adventure that takes off from the mountain.

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Cape Town: Lion's Head Sunset Hike
Cape Town: Lion's Head Sunset Hike
$66.68 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Lion’s Head Sunset Hike
We were a group of 9 (of different levels of fitness) who did the hike with Stuart. He was a very accommodating tour guide and even provided transportation for us to and fro our hotel. He is very friendly, funny and extremely knowledgeable in the flora and fauna of the mountain, culture and history of South Africa. He made the hike a lot more fun and manageable for us. Would definitely hike with him again if we do get to go back. Highly recommended!
piarodriguez88, Sep 2019

Recent reviews from experiences in Cape Town

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Great experience
Yawen_D, Mar 2020
Hike Lion's Head sunset
Perfect weather for a perfect hike along the lion's head trail to catch the sunset! Would do it again.
star-5
Taming the Lion (Lion's Head Hike)
Kevin_V, Feb 2020
Lion's Head Hike - Private Tour
Extremely happy I booked Matt for this hike. Extremely professional service from pick-up to drop off. I had thought about just doing the hike by myself, but glad I didn't. As not only did Matt provide some information on the mountain and Cape Town in general, but he also was very helpful in navigating some of the more tricky parts of Lion's Head. An absolute must book in my opinion.
star-5
Great hike!
Esther_P, Oct 2019
Hike Lion's Head sunset
Had an amazing time hiking to top of Lions head with Patrick. I’m very happy I booked this tour. Patrick is very knowledgeable and helped me go through the more technical parts of the trail. Would definitely recommend. The views from the top are amazing. Thank you Patrick !
star-5
Amazing. Do it!
Maria_K, Apr 2021
⭐ Lion's Head Sunrise/Sunset Hike from Cape Town
Tauriq was an amazing guide. He is very knowledgeable about the hiking trails. He made this hike enjoyable. Definitely a must do!
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Reaching the top
Buyisiwe_M, Oct 2020
Lion's Head Hike for Sunrise
Barry was very patient with my teenage daughter...and got us to the top of the mountain with relative ease and in good time, despite the very challenging climb.
star-5
Barry's a great guide!
Ivan_T, Mar 2020
Lion's Head Hike for Sunrise
Barry was a great guide! Knowledgeable, easy going and fun. The trail was busy but manageable. Would do it again.
star-5
Amazing Views
Valerie_O, Sep 2019
Lion's Head hike for Sunset
This hike (climb) is challenging. The last half of the hike is actually a climb similar to rock climbing. You should be in decent physical condition as you will be required to climb using chains and ladders and pulling yourself up with your hands. The view at the top was spectacular. The descent was also challenging which was compounded by darkness after the sunset. Our tour guide’s assistant was amazing and made us feel safe throughout the hike.
star-5
Wonderful Hike to Start Your Day!
AliaWorldTraveler, Aug 2018
Lion's Head hike for Morning
Such and amazing hike with incredible views!!! Nathan was a great guide!! Don’t miss your chance to experience such a wonderful hike with a local. Highly recommended!!
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Lion's Head Sunrise Hike…
Veronica_H, Sep 2018
Lion's Head hike for Sunset
I booked the Sunrise Lion’s Head Hike from Viator, before I arrived to Cape Town, South Africa. Nathan, the Hike guide, picked me up at the Hilton in Cape Town at 5:20 am.A couple from another Hotel was not ready, Nathan gave them the opportunity to dress and come with us by taking me to pick up a coffee. When we returned to their Hotel, they failed to be ready for the Sunrise Hike. Although Nathan was disappointed, I chose to believe that I would benefit from their absence.Lion’s Head Hike was challenging to me because I am learning not to fear heights. The strenuous climb does not bother me but looking down to see how high I am standing can rattle my nerves. Nathan assured me with a calmness and confidence, like a father telling his nervous child that he or she can do it.I grabbed large metal staples attached to boulders to lift myself up and climb on them like a step ladder, crawled or sat down to maneuver my body on difficult boulders. When we reached the summit, I was amazed with my willingness to follow his guidance even though I was scared. Thank you, Nathan, you are an excellent guide and motivator, I wish you success in your job/ business. I tipped Nathan well to make up for the loss of the other two guests.
star-5
Best hike ever!
Arika_B, Mar 2020
⭐ Lion's Head Sunrise/Sunset Hike from Cape Town
I was very hesitant about going on this hike as I have never really hiked before and I had concerns about hiking so early in the morning in the dark. However our tour guide Tauriq was very helpful and comforting. The hike itself was a bit physically challenging but in a good way. I do suggest wearing proper hiking shoes. The group I went with were friendly and helpful. It was as if we were a team. Tauriq gave us historical and informational tidbits along the way, which were very much appreciated. The views once we arrived to the top were spectacular and just need to be seen in person. All in all, I definitely recommend this hike with Tauriq as a must do when visiting Cape Town.
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Do this tour!!!
RichGirl, Mar 2020
Lion's Head Hike for Sunrise
Barry was on time for our 515am pickup. He provided us with lights, backpacks, water and snacks. He was most informative about the area as he is a local. He made sure we maintained a good pace during the hike so that we made it to the top just in time to see that beautiful sunrise!! The views were well worth it!!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Reaching the peak of Lion’s Head is a must for outdoor adventurers and photographers.
  • The hike up Lion’s Head includes steep sections with ladders that are not suitable for children or elderly.
  • Unlike the neighboring Table Mountain, there is no cable car to the top of Lion’s Head.
  • Lion’s Head is less crowded than Table Mountain and provides unmatched views of the famous rock formation across the city.
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How to Get There

The Lion’s Head trail head is about 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) from downtown Cape Town off of Signal Hill Road at the base of Forestry Road. If you don’t have a personal car you can reach the mountain by taxi, on foot (if you want to extend the hike), or on a guided tour that provides roundtrip transportation.

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When to Get There

Visit Lion’s Head on a clear day for panoramic views of the city and at sunset for the best photographs from the peak. To avoid the crowds but still see the city blanketed in golden light, make the hike at sunrise instead of sunset.

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Wildcard

Hiking up Lion’s Head The hike up Lion’s Head is strenuous and it takes about an hour for a fit hiker to walk from the base to the peak. The trail is well marked and includes sections with ladders and chains to aid in climbing up the steepest portions. If you choose to make the climb you will be rewarded with panoramic views from numerous overlooks along the way as you wind your way to the top.

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