Cape Town: Lion's Head

Cape Town: Lion’s Head

Lion’s Head is a mountain in Cape Town situated between Table Mountain and Signal Head, and stands at 669 metres. It’s a fun walk, but probably not ideal for those scared of heights. Unlike Australia, Workplace Health and Safety don’t suffocate everything in South Africa, so steel barricades don’t guard pathways that line the edge of steep cliffs, and falling off is actually possible. The walk up takes just under an hour, but a few of the boys I was with were a bit acrophobic and didn’t continue the last 20 minutes or so, where you need to climb up a few slopes using chains and then scramble over some rocks (pussies).  The 360° view from the top of Lion’s Head is phenomenal and definitely worth the hike. Apparently the walk is most popular on a full moon, where you can see the milky orb rising over the water and lighting up the city. I highly advise taking a torch for the way back though, otherwise watching the moon rise may be the last thing you ever do.

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