Hiking excursion up Lion's Head in Cape Town

Hiking excursion up Lion's Head in Cape Town

Activity Snapshot

  • Sensation Level: Chill
  • Spoken languages: Afrikaans, English
  • Fitness level: Occasionally sporty
  • Minimum age: minimum 10 y/o
  • Duration: 3 hrs
  • Cancellation policy: 
    flexible 1) Cancellation 4 days or more prior to the agreed activity starting date
    → You are automatically refunded for the full activity price

    2) Cancellation between 48 and 96 hours prior to the agreed activity starting date
    → You are entitled to a 50% refund

    3) 48 hours or later are what we call last-minute cancellations
    → No refund will be made
  • Meeting point:
    You will be picked up at your accommodation within the Cape Town area, if you're not located within Cape Town please make your way to Lion's Head car park
  • Opening seasons:

Activity description

Enjoy a 360° panoramic view from the top that includes Table Mountain, the City Bowl, Table Bay, The Atlantic Seaboard and Robben Island in the distance. It is one of the most climbed peaks in South Africa and in the world!

When you face Table Mountain, Lions Head is the small peak on the right and Devils Peak is the larger peak on the left.

Start on a steep gravel service road that changes into a mountain path after about 20 minute walk. A spiral path winds its way around the 'Lion's Head' gaining height at a gentle pace.

On the rock face, chain handrails, metal handles and ladders are in place to assist you as you scramble up this particularly steep section.

There is a route for the adventurous and an alternate route for the not so adventurous. You'll make your way back using the same route.

Altitude start: 290m (951ft)
Highest point reached: 699m (2293ft) above sea level
Distance: about 2.3km up
Rating: Moderate easy with exposed summit ridge scramble.
Time: 3-4 hours round trip depending on your pace

Activity requirements

Please avoid cotton as it soaks up moisture, clings to the skin when wet, doesn’t insulate and takes longer to dry. You end up feeling uncomfortable, with a wet and sweaty layer of clothing.

Special terms

Advice on what to wear:
The weather on the mountains can change unexpectedly and sudden drops in temperature are common. On a hot day the correct clothing can help prevent heat exhaustion and sunburn. Wearing the wrong clothes on your hiking/walking tour could spoil your tour.

Examples and good choices of clothing:

1st layer: A sleeveless or short sleeve T-shirt/top of light-weight moisture wicking fabric.
2nd layer: A long sleeve shirt with a collar (for protection against sunburn) from light weight moisture wicking fabric. When the temperature increases you can take the shirt off. When it gets cold or sun protection is needed you can put the shirt back on.
3rd layer: A body warmer is a practical choice for the tour (a sleeveless vest that zips up in front, designed to offer warmth and protection to your core, also known as a gilet). Choose one that is light, folds up small and can serve as a wind breaker and can add extra warmth when needed.
4th layer is for protection against rain and cold: Bring light weight jacket that is completely windproof, waterproof, breathable and can keep you warm and dry, preferably with a hood.

Trousers: Full length zip-off pants. Protects the skin form insects, thorn and blister bushes (similar to poison Ivy) and sunburn. The pants could be converted into shorts at any stage and vice versa.

Hands: Gloves for the cold. If no gloves are available bring an extra pair of socks to put over your hands.

Feet: The correct footwear is most important

Socks: Breathable, wick moisture away from the skin and are quick drying.

Shoes: Everyone’s feet are different. Make your footwear choices according to what is right for you. Good choices are: hiking boots, low-cut hiking shoes or trail running shoes.

Head: Wide brimmed hats have excellent coverage. A cap or visor with a bandana for neck protection is also a good combination. Sunglasses, a beanie or buff in backpack in the event of weather changes.

Backpack: 25 – 30 litres for carrying personal items and your snack/lunch pack. If you do not have a day pack please notify us in advance.

Sun block: – at least factor 30; the sunburn danger in Cape Town is high, even on a cloudy day.

Personal first aid e.g. personal medication. sticking plaster, headache tablets. If you have health problem asthma, diabetes or heart problems please inform the guide in advance. If you start getting a blister on your feet on the hike inform the guide so that it can be treated immediately.

  • Bottled water
  • Expert guide
Do not forget to bring
  • Comfortable clothes adapted to the weather conditions
  • Sunscreen and sunglasses
  • Snacks
  • Closed shoes adapted to hiking
Meeting point
You will be picked up at your accommodation within the Cape Town area, if you're not located within Cape Town please make your way to Lion's Head car park Get directions


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