Lion’s Head is one of the most distinctive natural monuments in and around Cape Town. It is part of the Table Mountain National Park and visible from many parts of the city. Together with Signal Hill (which was originally named Lion’s Tail by the dutch settlers), it forms the mountain range which faces the city in the southwest. While during daytime, it is a popular destination for hiking and walking, it is a fabolous background for pictures during nighttime.
The City Bowl of Cape Town is formed by Table Mountain and its outlying peaks - Devil's Peak to the east, Lions Head/Signal Hill to the west. Lions Head is so-called because the shape is said to resemble a reclining male lion looking towards Table Mountain - Signal Hill is also known as the Lions Rump. At 669 meters high, Lions Head offers an interesting hiking option in addition to the Table. The trail gains around 400 meters as it winds upward around the peak starting up from a car park along Signal Hill Road just up from the Kloof Nek intersection - there is a guard to watch over your car there. Beginning as a fire road, the way climbs slowly at first, giving you grand views towards Table Mountain and the Atlantic Seaboard by Camps Bay. Next, Clifton comes into view and then Sea Point/Green Point as the trail winds to the northern slopes. When you finally reach the eastern side, as you spiral up the peak, you go up the first of two short ladders before you are presented with two options - the first is a bit longer but safer as it continues to circle to gain the southern summit ridge; the second option wastes no time and goes straight up the east side, gaining height over a couple short cliffs with the aid of a steel chain that you ascend hand-over-hand. Make sure your hands are not sweating too badly when you use the chain! The chain route is definitely more adventurous but is not for children or those with a fear of heights. As both tracks reunite, you have a little more scrambling before you come out onto the small summit plain. Savor the views! Figure on 1-2 hours to climb the Head. Best climbed in the early morning and never in inclement weather.
Lion’s head is very noticeable and you won’t miss it! The hiking trails are fun, with great views of Camps Bay and Clifton. I just love the natural landmarks in the city of Cape Town…so gorgeous!
Besides the Table Mountain, there are other mountains in Cape Town. One of them is called Lion's Head (the name comes from the belief that the last Cape lion was shot there in 1923) and it is another great place for a walk/hike. The hike to the top provides a 360 degree view of the Cape Town and Peninsula as you you walk up in spirals.
This Mountain is next to Table Mountain and is also visible throughout the city.
There are 2 theories to the name; 1 is that it vaguely resembles a lion's head or 2. that the last lion in the area was killed on this mountain.
You have to climb Lion's Head. To the top you can see all Cape town, It's amazing. Beautiful landscape and it's not too difficult. Approximately 2 hours.
Vous devez grimper Lion's Head. Au sommet vous pouvez voir tout CapeTown, c'est merveilleux! Très beau paysages et l'acsension n'est pas trop difficile. Environ 2 heures
Another great view of Lions head os from the top of Signal hill. The hiking trails up Lions Head can be found about halfway up the road on Signal Hill.