Meet the mountain that lets you have all the fun with zero stress. This mountain is located in Cape Town, right between Signal Hill and Table Mountain. Standing magnificently at about 700 meters above sea level, this destination is one of the many ones you must visit while in Cape Town. Impending above the town like a sentinel, the place is indeed an iconic piece of South Africa’s phenomenal topography. Standing atop of the Lion’s Head, you get panoramic views of Cape Town, the Atlantic Ocean as well as the Table Bay. Are you a hiking enthusiast? This is the ideal challenge you ought to tackle if you are ever going to tell tales of the mountains and summits you conquered.
Lion’s Head Hiking Trail
A hike up the mountain will take you roughly 2 to 3 hours depending on how fit you are. It not all that difficult, but the view from the summit is what will keep you going. The path is clearly marked, with ease of access on foot. The only challenging part would be the climbing chains that you have to take on while ascending the rock. As you ascend, the sceneries are definitely amazing; however, the view from the very top is more breathtaking. You cannot afford to back down midway. No matter what, treat yourself to a nice finish and view from way above. It will make you forget the entire hiking struggle; a way of rewarding you for the effort and sweat.
From this point, you are able to take nice pictures of Robben Island as well as the Cape Peninsula. If you are a sundowner, this spot at the summit will definitely melt your heart as you consume the world beneath in unexplainable awe.
The series of ladders and chains to help you maneuver the rocky fades which are quite steep are not so safe for the elderly and kids. Fret not, there is a friendlier route around the chains that happens to be a bit safer.
Full Moon Hikes
Lion’s Head happens to be one of those hiking destinations for full-moon hikes. It makes the cut and goes beyond to impress even further, offering nice panoramic views at dusk. This is an experience like none other, with the moon rising above the mountains while the sun sets over the sea’s horizon. Temperatures may drop after sunset, as such, be advised to carry some warm clothes.
For the full moon hike, you will need to pack up a torch or headlamp in addition to nice hiking shoes and food. A camera goes without saying. Photos along the trail, among the rocks and atop of the summit are a must have. These will most definitely be souvenirs to remind you of the wonderful experience that was.
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