Lion’s Head

Lion's Head


We call it Lion’s Head, because when looking at the peak, Signal Hill depicts the lion’s rump and the peak looks like the head of a lion with a mane. During the 17th century, the English called it Sugar Loaf Hill.

It is no wonder that everyone wants to climb this iconic peak. After all, the Lion’s Head hike rewards you with a 360° view over the city bowl and Atlantic Seaboard.

The route starts with a steep jeep track and ends with some scrambling to the top. During the circular, spiral hike to the top, one marvels at the scenery from the Twelve Apostles, views over Camp’s Bay and the Altantic Seaboard, Sea-point, the City Bowl, Table Bay and towards Table Mountain.

Lion’s Head is the regular fitness trail for many locals. Furthermore, hundreds of people hike up during full moon to watch the sun set in the Atlantic. A few minutes after sunset, the moon rises on the other side of the peak, over the Winelands. Just look up at the peak at night and look for the trail of lights coming down.

If you want to climb this popular peak, but also want to escape from the masses this alternative trail is for you.

Just a few know that there is a completely different trail to the top and we can take you there!

With Silver treas, a cave and chains to negotiate, the alternative trail offers a big variety. Most importantly, you must be prepared to do a bit of scrambling to the top. Wood Buttress is a route to the top of Table Mountain with a similar difficulty rating.


It takes a bit longer to hike this remote trail than up the “high-way”. Therefore you can estimate +/-4.5 hours for a round trip including enough stops and a good rest on top.

Although Lion’s Head is much lower than Table Mountain, at only 669 m, it is very steep. You do need to be reasonably fit to hike this trail, as the elevation gain is 367 m.


1 Person – R2 400

2-4 Persons – R1 500 pp

5 Persons – R1 400 pp

*Max 8 persons.


Lion's Head