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Explore Lion’s Head

The Majestic Views of Lion’s Head. Experience Cape Town from a Bird’s eye view.

Lion’s Head is the most popular hiking trail in Cape Town and is for sure a bucket list experience. The hike to the top and back down and can take about 2 hours, making it the perfect morning or afternoon activity.

Whether you’re an experienced hiker or a beginner, the hike to the top of Lion’s Head is an experience you’ll never forget.


About Lion’s Head

Lion’s Head is a majestic mountain located in the heart of Cape Town, South Africa, between Signal Hill and Table Mountain. This iconic peak is known for its dramatic shape, which resembles a lion’s head, and for its breathtaking views of the sparkling blue ocean, green mountains, and the bustling city below.

Standing at an elevation of 669 meters its is one of the most popular attractions in Cape Town, for both tourists and local residents.

Hiking Lion’s Head

The 5km trail is well-maintained and marked, with steps and handrails in place to make the ascent easier. The hike up usually takes about an hour, depending on your fitness level and the pace at which you hike. The hike back down takes about an hour and is a bit easier than the ascent.

The hike up can be steep and rocky in places. It is important to wear a pair of sturdy shoes with good traction. Lion’s Head is exposed to the elements, so it’s important to dress appropriately for the weather conditions. Bring a hat and sunscreen  for sunny days, and a waterproof jacket for rainy or windy conditions. Don’t forget your water.

Lion’s Head FAQ

How far is it to the top of Lion’s Head in Cape Town?

The total hike is 5km or 3.1 miles.

Can beginners hike up Lion’s Head?

Yes, the hike up is moderately easy for beginners.

Do you have to pay a entrance fee to hike Lion’s Head?

There are no entrance fees.

Lion’s Head from Leeuwenzee

Head west on Leeuwen Rd toward Hout St. Turn right onto Hout St. Turn left onto Buitengracht St. Turn right onto Kloof Nek Rd. Turn left onto Signal Hill Rd. Continue straight until you reach Lion’s Head.

Distance from Leeuwenzee

6 Kilometers

Travel Time

+- 15 Minutes via Uber

Official Website

Cape Town Tourism

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Contact us

Tel: (+27) 82 303 7872

Our location

199 High Level Road, Sea Point
Cape Town