Lion's Head in Cape Town

Lion’s Head Cape Town : 7 Things You Need To Know

When it comes to photo spots in cities around the world, few will top Lion’s Head in Cape Town for sheer dramatics.

In a world where Instagram is king this, is the one photo you’ll want to get to light up your feed. We wanted to answer all the important questions you might have about Lion’s Head before you make the big climb…

1. What’s so special about Lion’s Head?

Lion’s Head is known for its views of both the city and the Atlantic Seaboard, and is one of the most impressive places in Cape Town.

It stretches up 669m and has incredible views of Cape Town, Table Mountain, Camps Bay and Clifton.


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2. How do I get there?

From the Cape Town CBD drive up Kloof Nek towards Table Mountain. At the top of Kloof Nek you’ll see Camp’s Bay ahead, Table Mountain on your left and Signal Hill on your right.

Turn right toward Signal Hill and park your car where indicated. You’ll be able to access the trail up Lion’s Head from there.

3. How much does it cost?

The entire National Park where Lion’s Head is located is free to the public!

4. How long will it take?

If you’re of average fitness, the walk will take between 90 minutes to 2 hours. If you’re rushing and super fit you can easily do it in 60 minutes.

There are some very steep passages towards the top that are harder to navigate, so it is not suitable for young children, the elderly, or anyone with limited mobility.

5. When is the best time to go?

Making the effort to go early morning – to avoid the heat – is advisable. You’ll also want to check the weather forecast for fog and cloud cover as the views are the main reason for taking on the trek.

6. Where I will I get the best photos?


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7. Any Insider Tips?

  • There are steep rock climbing parts towards the top, including a chain ladder. You can avoid them by using the longer, more gradual path
  • The trek is closed until the end of February 2019 for maintenance
  • The trek is especially popular on full moon
  • Bring warm weather clothes as it can get colder at the top in spring and autumn.


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