Lion's Head - Hiking to the summit

The smaller 'city mountain' (compared to Table Mountain) of Cape Town with its height of 669 m might seem smaller in size but guarantees a 360 degrees view of the City of Cape Town. It takes approximately 1.5 hours to the summit of Lion´s Head and especially the last third of the ascent is challenging. Because of its conical form the hiker has to surround the mountain several times and discovers each time a different perspective of the city and its suburbs.

On the relatively small platform of the summit one feels weightless. On a day with clear skies the hiker can see the cable car to Table Mountain and the mountain range of 'Twelve Apostles' in the south, the prison island of Robben Island in the west, the summit of Devil´s Peak in the east and finally Blouberg beach in the north.

The descent is lots faster than the ascent but not less demanding. For a day trip to Lion´s Head one needs an appropriate sun screen, slip-proofed hiking boots, a cap or hat as well as 1.5 l of still water and of course a camera to take pictures with.