About Lion’s Head

Lion’s Head is a mountain located in Cape Town, between Signal Hill and Table Mountain and is also part of the Table Mountain National Park. The peak is known as Lion’s Head and Signal Hill was called Lion’s Tail by the Dutch, as the shape of the two together resembles a crouching lion. Lion’s Head peaks at 669 metres above sea-level. With spectacular views over the city and the Atlantic Ocean, Lion’s Head is a very popular destination, especially during full moon.  If you are hiking Lion’s Head, you will find a series of ladders and chains to assist you. It is also a popular spot for paragliding. Hiking Lion’s Head is an amazing thing to do in Cape Town, especially at sunrise and sunset. What’s even better is that it’s only an hour-long walk to the top.


On every side of the peak you can see suburbs of the city. There are no houses at higher ground, because authorities kept companies from building houses here. This way, it remains a natural field and one of Cape Town’s most beautiful sights. From the top of Lion’s Head, you have a breath-taking view overlooking the city of Cape Town. You can also see the Atlantic Seaboard, Robben Island, and more.

Flora and Fauna

When you start hiking up Lion’s Head, you will notice that the environment is covered in fynbos. Fynbos is a natural heathland vegetation adapted to grow in poor soil and wild weather. The upper part of the peak is made of sandstone, Precambrian rocks, and Cape granite.

Things to do in Cape Town

Hiking Lion’s Head is a lot of fun. Beside this, there are lots of other hiking trails to be found, such as:

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