Lion's Head.

Posted on Mon January 21, 2019.

Lion's Head.

Lion's Head.

A “must” to hike when in Cape Town

There are a few reasons I say this is an essential hike. The first is that you have views in all directions: the city bowl, the Twelve Apostles, the ocean, as well as towards Table Mountain. I think it is the complete package as far as views go in Cape Town. Secondly: It is a relatively easy hike. Third: You can do it all in about 2 hours.  Fourth: you don’t necessarily need a guide. You can take a taxi or Uber to the Lion’s Head parking lot and the trail is right there. Enjoy !!

In the 17th century the peak was known as Leeuwen Kop (Lion's Head) by the Dutch, and Signal Hill was known as Leeuwen Staart (Lion's Tail), as the shape resembles a crouching lion or a sphinx. The English in the 17th Century called the peak Sugar Loaf.

Lion's Head is a mountain in Cape Town, South Africa, between Table Mountain and Signal Hill. Lion's Head peaks at 669 metres above sea level. The peak forms part of a dramatic backdrop to the city of Cape Town and is part of the Table Mountain National Park. 

Elevation: 669 m

Prominence: 420 m

Did you know: While Table Mountain is the Cape Town "darling," Lion's Head is actually an incredible way to get 360-degree views of the city.thewanderlostway.com