Adventure

Cape Town: Lion's Head Sunset Hike

4.9 / 5

35 reviews

Activity provider: Cape Escape Tours

Cape Town: Lion's Head Sunset Hike

Activity provider: Cape Escape Tours

From US$ 59.82 per person

Experience the sunset from the top of Lion's Head. This is sure to be a rewarding hike with ever-changing views, as well as some fun and challenging rock pitches.

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Duration 3.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English, French
Small group
Limited to 5 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • Enjoy a 360-degree view of Cape Town from the summit of Lion's Head
  • Conquer one of the three iconic peaks that frame the city of Cape Town
  • Marvel at the vivid colors as the sun sets to the west over the Atlantic Ocean
  • Learn about area's fauna, flora, history and geology as you hike with a guide
  • See the moon rising in the east after climbing to the summit of Lion's Head
Full description
Your Lion's Head trail experience begins on a gravel track through spectacular groves of silver leaf trees. You will start off by following a path which reveals ever-changing views as it spirals around Lion's Head. Very soon the breathtaking vista of the Atlantic coastline and the magnificent apostles of Table Mountain will come into view. Soon the gravel track narrows to a path, from where you will pass the first paragliding launch pad. You will then continue along the stepped path with views over the very popular Camps Bay Beach and Clifton beaches. Following a further 30 minutes of hiking, you will come to a split keep on the upward-tending path. From here you will continue with views of Seapoint on your left, and following a further 10 minutes you will see the city of Cape Town sprawled beneath you and the front of Table Mountain rearing up high above. You will then continue steeply upwards to the first ladder, before traversing left along a shelf with a chain handrail. Next, you will continue with the path until you reach a fork, where you will have the choice to either veer left to circumnavigate two rock pitches, or to turn right and climb the rock pitches. If you are not into vertical rock steps simply continue left, from where you can carry on with the path past some huge stone pine trees to gain the crest of the southeast ridge. From here you will follow the obvious well-worn path via some scrambling and a ladder to the 669-meter summit.
Includes
  • Guide
  • Headlamp
  • Snack
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • Children under 12 years
  • Pregnant women
  • People with back problems
  • People afraid of heights
  • People with low level of fitness

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Participants

Date

Meeting point

Meet at Kloof Nek parking lot. The tour guide will be waiting at the bus stop, next to the public toilet.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Warm clothing
  • Hiking shoes
  • Water

Not allowed

  • Oversize luggage
  • Smoking
  • Drones
  • Open-toed shoes

Know before you go

  • This hiking tour is not recommended for people suffering health issues
  • This tour is weather dependent
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 35 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.9/5
  • Transportation
    4.9/5
  • Value for money
    4.6/5
  • Service
    4.7/5

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A great experience. Took the more challenging route and it was quite hard going up through the chains and staples but our guide Frank got us all up there! Nice sunset but was also hoping to see the moon rise and sadly I don’t think you can as it would need to be very dark. Came down in dark with head torches so that was pretty cool!

December 24, 2022

Great experience and such an amzing Guide with a lot of knowledge about Cape Town and the area. He was super nice and even drove us back to the hotel. Would definitely recommend it especially at nighttime. We went down and it was completely dark, bit the guide gave us headlamps.

October 5, 2022

Rafeeq was an amazing guide - very patient and made sure we all made it up to the top (even when I told him I didn’t think I could go any further). He was very knowledgeable and friendly and I really enjoyed the tour with him! Definitely wear walking or hiking trainers on this tour - I found my trainers to be much too slippery.

September 29, 2022

Product ID: 239632