Lion's Head
Lion's Head
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Lion's Head in Cape Town is a peak situated at 669 meters above sea level. The hike up Lions Head takes approximately 90 minutes at a moderate pace. Lions Head trail is steep but do-able, while the 5.5km trail packs a punch (Both ways). The views from Lions head are amazing. Take a look around you and see the beauty. Lions Head hike is the preferred route for mountain enthusiasts, the easiest of the routes in Cape Town.
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  • vaucouleur
    Oslo, Norway12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Recommended trip in Cape Town
    Fantastic mountain for people with average to good ability. Note that the path is fairly easy for the first few parts, but you will hit points that require climbing up ladders and steep paths. A very rewarding experience. We walked up in 55 minutes, with stops for photos. Awesome trip. Recommend strongly if you are willing to do a short steep hike.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 July 2023
  • Carmen Santiago
    Mountain View, California164 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tough climb at the top, spectacular views!
    If you run marathons, this is an easy hike. For all other humans, it can get streneous. As you get closer to the top it is really tough with your knees taking the brunt of the large rocks. You will also climb four very steep ladders, right against the cliff's face which can feel scary. The hike is full of spectacular 360 degree views of Cape Town. Table mountain looms in most views, you'll see Para gliders jumping off both mountains framing your pictures. In July when we are visiting, the mountainside is covered in yellow flowers. We had a bit of rain, and we're treated to double rainbows pretty much the whole time.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 23 July 2023
  • Dedgar2014
    Darien, Connecticut130 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Counter clockwise Hike at Lion's Head
    We did the counter clockwise hike so that we would hike all the way around Lion's Head. We started out as a group of six. As we got closer to the top my daughter and I turned around. The top part of the climb consists of very steep ladders against the cliff face. The group of four that went to the top consisted of three marathoners and one in very good shape. All said the last part of the climb was challenging mentally and physically and very rewarding. Highly recommend Hike even if you do not make it all the way to the top. All views were beautiful.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 26 July 2023
  • Diane B
    Barrington, Illinois17 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Take the ladders. The alternative was scary
    We recently climbed Lion's Head. I sent my family ahead since I wanted to take my time and not feel pressured. I am a 60 year old woman and consider myself agile. I would not recommend going alone for risk of injuries etc. My biggest concern was when there was a sign that said you can take the ladders or go this other way (recommended route). I chose to skip the two ladders even though I was not afraid. I did this because I was alone and it wasn't very crowded at all so I thought I should take the "preferred" route. I assumed it would be easier. I must have lost the path because it seemded to dead end and I had to climb very steep rocks. No one was in site and I felt lost and started to panic. Fortunately I found the path and a nice family sat with me as I tried to gain my composer. I was terrified. I should have taken the ladders and recommend the ladders for sure. The hike itself was steep with big bolders. The beginning is deceiving since it is just a gravel like path. That's why I send my family ahead. Don't do it alone and take the ladders when there is an option!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 18 August 2023
  • Kardoesie
    Johannesburg, South Africa4,101 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely @ Lion's Head
    Besides the main climb up Lion’s Head, there are several other paths on the lower slopes that offer rewarding views and slightly easier walks for those that wants to walk more and climb less. Irrespective of the chosen route: Watch the weather. Take a warm jacket and water. Note that it takes as long up as it takes to climb down. Go with a friend. Stick to the paths. Leave your valuables at home, not in your car. Give right of way to the climbers going up. Smile and greet others. ideal for outdoor enthusiasts!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 8 September 2023
  • Jodes64
    Binfield, United Kingdom16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sunset!
    We took the opportunity to hike Lions Head on a clear afternoon/evening for sunset. The hike up gives great views of Table Mountain and we saw a beautiful sunset over Camps Bay. However, please be careful doing this hike at sunset as it get dark quickly…
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 September 2023
  • eker135
    Aberdeen, United Kingdom84 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Out of this world views!
    Out of this world views. Make sure to take plenty of water on a warm day and have decent walking shoes or boots with grip on them. The path gets narrow as you go up and includes ladders. If you're not good with heights or used to hill walking I would recommend avoiding it. But if you make it to the top it is well worth it! The views are absolutely stunning. A must do for keen hikers!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 October 2023
  • TravelingFamilyTrip
    Chicago, Illinois209 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great moderately difficult hike with great views.
    We did a sunrise hike up Lion's Head and had a great time. The hike is a little more difficult than we guessed. It wasn't terrible but our legs were feeling it afterwards. The ladders & all were actually easier than making your way up the boulders nearer the top. You are rewarded with stunning views of the city, ocean shore, and Table Mountain. Be aware of your timing if you want to see the sunrise. We got there later than planned, but it worked out as we saw the sunrise at the beginning of our hike rather than the summit. But if we'd left a little later, we'd have totally missed out on the sunrise as you're walking on the back (shady, west) side of the peak for a while. You are advised to hike in groups due to recent robberies on the trail. We didn't have any problems but saw some news articles just after our hike. But other than that, you don't need to have a guide, it's a pretty straightforward trail and Uber to & from the trailhead was easy.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 2 November 2023
  • Tour63909705662
    2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonder not.
    Amazing, brilliant atmosphere with an appeal that seize never to be erased in one's mind. Nature's best outdoors exploring. All you have to do is to take a short left to this wonder. That's not all, it's I. Capetown and there is more to feed your eyes and cherish!❤️
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled on business
    Written 5 November 2023
  • SAGraham
    Johannesburg, South Africa71 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A hike not a walk
    It is important to know that this is not a gentle walk it is a hike. It is just over 5.5kms round trip and takes about 3 hours. The walk is mainly in the sun so going early makes sense. The first path is an uphill on a jeep track. That then becomes a trail with steps created to make it easier to navigate. The last section involves climbing over and up rocks. While it isn’t too difficult it does require a fair amount of effort. Also there are sections that have steep declines next to the path that may be nerve wracking for people scared of heights. There are two different paths you can take to the top. The one involves ladders and chains. The recommended route still has two ladders you must climb but there aren’t any chains so it is easier. The views from the top are incredible and well worth the effort. Because this is a hike make sure you dress appropriately and have good shoes to wear and a hat. Also ensure you carry sufficient water. Finally Cape Town weather changes quickly so ensure you have something warm and something to keep you dry When you start the hike take a picture of the Emergancy numbers in case something goes wrong.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 23 December 2023
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Beautiful Journeys679
Johannesburg, South Africa5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
What an incredible hike with the most phenomenal 360 degree views over Cape Town and the Atlantic Ocean. Def not for the faint hearted or those who have a fear of heights. 3 of us set off on this challenging hike and only two of us reached the peak.
Took about 2.5 - 3hours.
I enjoyed the more daring trail with ladders (option of easy or difficult)
Def a must do activity!
Written 9 April 2024
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Jenny1985
45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Go early before it gets too hot! You need a decent level of fitness as there’s quite a bit of scrambling. Even the longer route has 2 ladders the 2nd of which I found quite scary! If you have a fear of height you may find it a challenge. I came back the ladder/staple route which was much shorter/easier once you get past the ladders. Take plenty water!
Written 22 March 2024
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Pioneer742615
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Me and my partner visited CPT and booked this trip not knowing much about hiking… what can I say. It was absolutely fantastic. Our tour guide Kurt was extremely knowledgeable and kept us safe the entire way up the mountain.

Breathing taking views we will never forget.

One of our favourite memories of our trip here and high recommend to anyone thinking of doing this hike to go with Kurt!

Great for older families, couples and single travellers who want to push themselves out their comfort zone.

Thank you once again Kurt for this experience!
Written 21 February 2024
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Amanda B
Nashville, TN1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
Beautiful hike, but fearsome trail. Saw a lot of families struggling at the top and think it’s important for hikers to know this is not a kid friendly trail! Lots of cliffs and narrow pass throughs
Written 26 December 2023
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SAGraham
Johannesburg, South Africa71 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
It is important to know that this is not a gentle walk it is a hike. It is just over 5.5kms round trip and takes about 3 hours.
The walk is mainly in the sun so going early makes sense.
The first path is an uphill on a jeep track. That then becomes a trail with steps created to make it easier to navigate. The last section involves climbing over and up rocks. While it isn’t too difficult it does require a fair amount of effort. Also there are sections that have steep declines next to the path that may be nerve wracking for people scared of heights.
There are two different paths you can take to the top. The one involves ladders and chains. The recommended route still has two ladders you must climb but there aren’t any chains so it is easier.
The views from the top are incredible and well worth the effort.
Because this is a hike make sure you dress appropriately and have good shoes to wear and a hat. Also ensure you carry sufficient water. Finally Cape Town weather changes quickly so ensure you have something warm and something to keep you dry
When you start the hike take a picture of the Emergancy numbers in case something goes wrong.
Written 23 December 2023
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Rebekah F
29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
I am not a hiker by any means and have some small problems with my knees, but I'm so glad I did this climb. I feel the plus points could also be someone's down points - it's around 1hr 20 if you chose the end path that takes more of a scrambling/ladder route (yes ladders 2000ft in the air), this for me was a bonus as I find just walking up hill monotonous and climbing really fun - however for someone else this could be quite scary.

The route starts with a 20 minute walk up a gravelly hill, 20 minutes up make shift steps and then it builds into fairly big boulders which become steep enough for metal stair ladders for around 20 minutes (some of this can be avoided if you turn left after the first ladder and walk around and up) and a final bit of scrambling to reach the top for around 20 minutes.

Towards the top it gets fairly sandy, I did this in flat running trainers and I was convinced they wouldn't be good enough, but I was fine. I'd highly recommend using your bottom and arms to get back down the initial bit as we saw one person slip!

The views, watching paragliders and feeling epic about yourself are totally worth it if you're a bit of a beginner!
Written 23 November 2023
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Tour63909705662
2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Business
Amazing, brilliant atmosphere with an appeal that seize never to be erased in one's mind. Nature's best outdoors exploring. All you have to do is to take a short left to this wonder. That's not all, it's I. Capetown and there is more to feed your eyes and cherish!❤️
Written 6 November 2023
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TravelingFamilyTrip
Chicago, IL209 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
We did a sunrise hike up Lion's Head and had a great time. The hike is a little more difficult than we guessed. It wasn't terrible but our legs were feeling it afterwards. The ladders & all were actually easier than making your way up the boulders nearer the top. You are rewarded with stunning views of the city, ocean shore, and Table Mountain.

Be aware of your timing if you want to see the sunrise. We got there later than planned, but it worked out as we saw the sunrise at the beginning of our hike rather than the summit. But if we'd left a little later, we'd have totally missed out on the sunrise as you're walking on the back (shady, west) side of the peak for a while.

You are advised to hike in groups due to recent robberies on the trail. We didn't have any problems but saw some news articles just after our hike. But other than that, you don't need to have a guide, it's a pretty straightforward trail and Uber to & from the trailhead was easy.
Written 2 November 2023
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the_globetrotters
Norwich, UK319 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
The hike is not too bad and there are sections requiring a little scramble but the views are amazing. Make sure you stop to take the views in.
Also keep your valuables hidden and cameras tucked away. A lot of crime happens on this mountain but it can be avoided with some common sense and ensuring you stay alert and travel in groups. Check the weather forecast and if visiting check certain Facebook pages to see if there are any security issues
Written 26 October 2023
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eker135
Aberdeen, UK84 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Out of this world views. Make sure to take plenty of water on a warm day and have decent walking shoes or boots with grip on them. The path gets narrow as you go up and includes ladders. If you're not good with heights or used to hill walking I would recommend avoiding it. But if you make it to the top it is well worth it! The views are absolutely stunning. A must do for keen hikers!
Written 19 October 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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