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Cape Town: Lion's Head Sunrise or Sunset Hike

1. Cape Town: Lion's Head Sunrise or Sunset Hike

Meet your guide at the Lion's Head Hike - Starting Point. There is parking along Signal Hill Road if you arriving by car. Embark on the route to the summit, climbing 400 meters along the steep and rocky path. Keeping a slow and steady pace, take time to enjoy the views and photo opportunities en route. Enjoy views of the city and the Atlantic Ocean at the summit with snacks and coffee provided before heading back down the mountain to the meeting point.

Cape Town: 12-Minute Scenic Helicopter Tour

2. Cape Town: 12-Minute Scenic Helicopter Tour

Take off from the V&A Waterfront for a scenic helicopter flight along the Atlantic Coast. Fly over Cape Town Stadium and Lion’s Head, a mountain forming part of the dramatic backdrop to the city.  Fly over the neighborhoods of Clifton and Camps Bay and admire their beautiful dwellings, cliffs, and beaches. Finish your flight with a panoramic view of Table Mountain, South Africa’s most iconic mountain landmark.   Your pilot is also a trained guide, who’ll communicate with you through high-quality Bose headphones, making your flight informative and fun. Fly in an R44, Airbus H120 or Airbus H130, all eco-friendly helicopters built for the best views.

Cape Town: Table Mountain Tandem Paragliding Flight

3. Cape Town: Table Mountain Tandem Paragliding Flight

When you arrive at the meeting point you will be welcomed by a manager and the rest of the team who will check that you have suitable clothing for the flight. You will then be assigned to a pilot and fitted into your harness and helmet. Your pilot will brief you about the takeoff, as this varies depending on the conditions. Sometimes you will need to run a bit before flying, but this is easy and your well-trained and experienced assistants will ensure a smooth takeoff. After the initial buzz of the takeoff, you can settle comfortably into the harness and enjoy the ride. It really is like flying like a bird: come see for yourself. Your crew is world-class, using state of the art equipment and flying a place they know very well. This is the safest form of paragliding you can get. Your local provider’s impeccable safety record over many years of flying speaks for itself.

Cape Town: Lion's Head Sunset Hike

4. Cape Town: Lion's Head Sunset Hike

Your Lion's Head trail experience begins on a gravel track through spectacular groves of silver leaf trees. You will start off by following a path which reveals ever-changing views as it spirals around Lion's Head. Very soon the breathtaking vista of the Atlantic coastline and the magnificent apostles of Table Mountain will come into view. Soon the gravel track narrows to a path, from where you will pass the first paragliding launch pad. You will then continue along the stepped path with views over the very popular Camps Bay Beach and Clifton beaches. Following a further 30 minutes of hiking, you will come to a split keep on the upward-tending path. From here you will continue with views of Seapoint on your left, and following a further 10 minutes you will see the city of Cape Town sprawled beneath you and the front of Table Mountain rearing up high above. You will then continue steeply upwards to the first ladder, before traversing left along a shelf with a chain handrail. Next, you will continue with the path until you reach a fork, where you will have the choice to either veer left to circumnavigate two rock pitches, or to turn right and climb the rock pitches. If you are not into vertical rock steps simply continue left, from where you can carry on with the path past some huge stone pine trees to gain the crest of the southeast ridge. From here you will follow the obvious well-worn path via some scrambling and a ladder to the 669-meter summit.

Cape Town: Lion's Head Sunrise Hike

5. Cape Town: Lion's Head Sunrise Hike

Take part in a wonderful hike for families and couples and see Cape Town from 670 meters above sea level. Gaze in awe at the breathtaking landscape, and identify icons such as the adjacent Table Mountain and Robben Island out at sea. Look down on glorious beaches, including Camps Bay and Sea Point.  Lion’s Head is a free-standing peak located next to Table Mountain and offers 360-degree views. You are able to do a sunrise hike to the top, a day hike, or even a sunset hike, according to your preference. Brave an adventurous path using staples and chains or choose an easier route to avoid them. Whichever option you and your party feel most comfortable with, breathtaking panoramas are guaranteed.

Cape Town: 3-Hour Lion's Head Sunset Hike

6. Cape Town: 3-Hour Lion's Head Sunset Hike

Of all the hikes in Cape Town, the climb up Lion’s Head is definitely the most popular. Situated between Table Mountain and Signal Hill, the peak provides 360-degree views of the city, Table Bay and the Atlantic seacoast. Taking in the sunset and the city lights from on high is a totally new way of enjoying Cape Town. You’ll make your way up to the peak on a spiral path. The ascent takes around an hour and there are gorgeous views all the way. Your passionate and knowledgeable guide will point out iconic landmarks and tell you about the history of the city. You will learn about the geology, fauna and flora of this world heritage site.  There are a number of ladders and chains that help you to the summit. If you are afraid of heights this may be daunting but if you are up for the challenge then your guide will help you all the way. At the summit you’ll be able to look down on Table Mountain and the city of Cape Town and enjoy the light and fantastic photographic opportunity. Walk back down as the sun sets and take in views of Table Mountain illuminated by a golden sky. If you’re lucky the moon might rise from the eastern mountains, further enhancing your views.  

Cape Town: Sea Kayaking Guided Adventure from V&A Waterfront

7. Cape Town: Sea Kayaking Guided Adventure from V&A Waterfront

See Cape Town from another perspective on an afternoon kayaking trip in the port of Cape Town. Follow your guide in the water as they show you different kayaking techniques. Take in the city views and sea life. Start by meeting your kayaking guide at the Victoria Warf Waterfront in Cape Town's port. Get fitted for a life vest before you climb into the 2-person kayak. Once in the water, you'll be able to discover ocean life such as dolphins, sunfish, seals, and jellyfish. Then, admire stunning views of Table Mountain, Lions Head, Green Point Lighthouse, and the city stadiums. Paddle around the coastline for 60 minutes with your guide. Finally, return back to the Victoria Warf Waterfront and say goodbye to your guide.

Cape Point Full-Day Tour From Cape Town

8. Cape Point Full-Day Tour From Cape Town

Cape Point is located just 60 kilometers from Cape Town in a nature reserve within Table Mountain National Park. It is the most southwestern tip of the African continent, and popularly referred to as the mythical meeting place of the Atlantic and Indian oceans. Discovered in 1488 by Bartholomeu Dias, Cape Point has long been an important navigational landmark. The 9-hour tour begins in Cape Town and the drive takes you along the scenic Atlantic coast with the stunning backdrop of Table Mountain, Lion's Head and the 12 Apostles mountains. After a short stop at Clifton Beach your drive continues past Camps Bay and then on spectacular Chapman's Peak Drive to the quaint fishing village of Hout Bay. Visit Hout Bay to explore an arts and crafts market and if you like, choose the optional boat ride to Seal Island. Drive past the suburb of Noordhoek, known for its picturesque shoreline and long, wide sandy beach, and then the charming villages of Kommetjie and Scarborough, as you make your way to Table Mountain National Park. As you drive through Table Mountain National Park to Cape Point, be on the lookout for Chacma baboons, ostrich and antelope. When you reach Cape Point you can walk up to the historic lighthouse (or take a 3-minute funicular ride) for magnificent, panoramic ocean views. Next is a short ride to the official southwestern-most point on the tip of Africa, at the Cape of Good Hope. Be sure to get a photo at the famous sign! Begin the journey back to Cape Town with a drive along the eastern side of the Cape Peninsula, stopping to visit the penguin colony at Boulder's Beach in Simon's Town. Pass the coastal town of Fish Hoek and the popular surfing site of Muizenburg, with a short stop to see the world-famous Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. At the end of the day you’ll be dropped off at your Cape Town hotel. Please note that the private tour option excludes entrance to Cape Point.

Cape Town: Private Full-Day Table Mountain and City Tour

9. Cape Town: Private Full-Day Table Mountain and City Tour

Join this tour for a day filled with the city's biggest highlights. Travel by cable car to top of Table Mountain. Descend through Malay Quarter, also known as Bo-Kaap. Visit the Bo-Kaap Museum and see the beautiful colorful houses. Explore the city center, Company Gardens, and Green Market Square. Visit the Castle of Good Hope, the oldest colonial building in South Africa. To finish the day, we take a bike ride along the Sea Point Promenade to the V and A Waterfront for a late lunch, shopping, or for drop-off at your hotel.

Cape Town: Lion's Head and Signal Hill Morning Trail Run

10. Cape Town: Lion's Head and Signal Hill Morning Trail Run

Embark on a trail run around Lion's Head and Signal Hill and experience the beautiful Cape Flora. Much of this rich, natural heritage cannot be seen anywhere else on earth. Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of nature as you take to the trails. Take in fascinating sunrise views over the Hottentots Holland mountain as well as Table Mountain. Begin your approximately 10-kilometer run at the base of Lion's Head climbing gradually along the spine of the mountain all the way to the first stop at Signal Hill viewpoint. From here, enjoy the breathtaking views of the Atlantic coastline, Robben Island, and the magnificent twelve apostles mountain range. From Signal Hill the route goes around the East side of the mountain with a gentle downslope before crossing over to the west side of Lion's Head. The path winds around the base of the mountain offering panoramic views and overlooking some of the most expensive area of Cape Town city bowl as well as its beaches.

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What people are saying about Lion's Head

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 377 reviews

Irene was our guide for the sunrise Lions Head hiking tour and she was brilliant from start to finish! She was so welcoming, knowledgeable about the wildlife and city whilst we hiked and really encouraging when there were steeper/ challenging climbs towards the top. I would highly recommend having Irene as your guide for this trip if you end up booking!

Wonderful activity, this was the highlight of my trip. Not scary as it may look, the guides are so friendly you’ll definitely love it.

Really nice hike, the guide was super nice and was adapting to my pace. No need to mention that i felt safe all along the way

Awesome outing for the family, my youngest being 12. First time kayaking - great guides. Got to see dolphins too.

Wonderful morning on the trails. Safe, fun and beautiful!