Lions Head | Cape Town South Africa

Hiking Lions Head - Cape Town South Africa Hiking Lions Head

Cape Town South Africa


RATING: Easy Hiking
SEASON: Any, hot in the summer
GEAR: Standard Hiking Gear
WATER: None.
Table Mountain and Hout Bay

Table Mountain and Hout Bay

It's tough to find a better hike to recommend around Cape Town than Lions Head. The hike is close to the city, has amazing views, and just a bit of spice making this one you will likely enjoy and remember. I enjoyed hiking up Table Mountain as well, but would rate Lions Head as being even better plus it offers excellent views of Table Mountain.

The hike is a casual amble until near the summit where a junction allows for an easier and longer route, or a more spicy fun route using fixed chains and steps to climb straight up. For most, I would recommend going up the cables, and coming down the longer route simply because it is fun to experience both routes!

Cape Town and Table Mountain in the background from the summit.

Cape Town and Table Mountain in the background from the summit.

Getting There

From Cape Town, travel south-west on Kloof Nek Rd/M62 to the pass with Table Mountain on the left and Lions Head on the right. Turn right here at the junction with Signal Hill Road. Follow Signal Hill Road 1km where the signed trailhead is on the left.

Cape Town from the summit.

Cape Town from the summit.


From the trailhead, follow the road as it winds its way north and east around Lions Head. When the road ends, the trail begins and continues contouring around Lions Head. On the south side of Lions Head is a sign indicating the route gets a bit more difficult. This is a good spot to stop and take in the views of Signal Hill just to the south, Cape Town and the ocean beyond.

From the south side, the trail continues contouring around the peak, now heading north with Table Mountain in the distance. The trail soon comes to a junction. Right is recommended, and requires using fixed steps and chains to climb up to the ridge. Left offers fewer obstacles and an easier path to the same spot on the ridge. I'd recommend going up the chains and returning via the longer/easier route.

From the ridge, the trail climbs steeply to the summit and amazing views all around. Return the same way.


Printable Maps:

34H 259205mE 6241769mN

S33° 56' 13" E18° 23' 41"

End of Road

34H 258596mE 6241647mN

S33° 56' 17" E18° 23' 17"


34H 258753mE 6242098mN

S33° 56' 02" E18° 23' 24"


34H 258786mE 6241873mN

S33° 56' 10" E18° 23' 25"


34H 258674mE 6241978mN

S33° 56' 06" E18° 23' 21"


Want to make a comment? Login and let yourself be heard.