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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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Lion's Head Sunrise/Sunset Hike from Cape Town
Lion's Head Sunrise/Sunset Hike from Cape Town
$57.00 per adult
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Amazing hike
Great, knowledge guide! Good hike, amazing experience. On time pick up from hotel and return. Can't complain
vithi_d, Jun 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Cape Town

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Must Do! Incredible experience
Gwyneth_A, May 2022
Hike Lion's Head sunset
We had an amazing time hiking Lion’s Head and watching the sunset. The views are just incredible! Our guide Patrick was very knowledgeable and guided us safety through the trail. It was a great way to start our trip in South Africa. Would highly recommend! You will not be disappointed :)
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Incredible!!
Shweta_B, May 2022
Lion's Head Sunrise/Sunset Hike from Cape Town
Tauriq (aka @thecapetownlocal) was incredible. I had the most incredible experience. He have us a bit of history into the city as we hiked up and was always very attentive and caring. I highly highly recommend doing this hike with his company. Lions head is incredible.
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Sunset hike
Angela_C, Jun 2022
Lion's Head Sunrise/Sunset Hike from Cape Town
Excellent hike. The views at the top were amazing and Tauriq was an excellent guide. He made us feel comfortable even at the steep rock scramble.
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Awesome trail run
Oluwaseun_O, Apr 2022
Run trail Lion's Head Signal Hill morning
I enjoyed the run and the stunning views. My trail runner guide was really friendly, and the trail was super easy.
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100% Phenomenal Experience!!!
Vitria_S, May 2022
Lion's Head Sunrise/Sunset Hike from Cape Town
Tauriq is the best guide/hike partner. Completely knowledgeable about the best way to climb Lion's Head. As a female solo traveler, I felt absolutely safe with Tauriq. He also went the extra mile and made sure I got some great Instagram pics. One of the best Viator experiences I've ever had. Thank you, Tauriq.
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Great hike with an experienced tour guide
Valria_S, Jan 2022
Lion's Head hike in the Afternoon
Barry was a friendly and experienced tour guide who was very patient with us. The hike is not too long but a bit technical and having a guide really helped us. The view from the top is absolutely amazing, it is definitely worth climbing up.
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Sunset hike up Lions Head
Priyanka_G, Dec 2021
Lion's Head hike for Sunset
I took a sunset hike up Lions Head to view the sunset from the mountain top. The sunset was mesmerising, terrain a bit challenging at times but the hike was worth the scramble. Sunset melted into the night on the way back and with a bit of moonlight and night lamp lighting the way, city lights to admire, cheerful hikers encouraging each other and expert guidance from my guide I would say that this was an evening well spent.
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A Breathtaking, exhilarating experience
Kerri_G, Dec 2021
Hike Lion's Head sunset
Our guide Patrick was unbelievable. He was so informative and patient. He helped us every step of the way. I felt very secure with him being there with us especially that this was our first hike up lions head.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Lion’s Head Sunset Hike
piarodriguez88, Sep 2019
Cape Town: 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!
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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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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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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to Lion's Head?
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