19 September 2010 by Roy Barford

Climbing Lion’s Head

Image courtesy Robert Cox

Lion’s Head, the pointy-shaped peak adjacent to Table Mountain in Cape Town, has become one of the most popular short hikes in South Africa. Fitness freaks can be up and down within an hour, while those in search of a leisurely stroll can take their time and enjoy the scenery.

During a recent ascent of this popular landmark, I encountered an American couple in their seventies who had completed the climb with ease, saying that they really enjoyed the panoramic views, as well as all of the friendly hikers they had met along the route.

At the top, 669 metres above sea level, I met a rather large woman who said she had just completed one of the most rewarding adventures of her life. A broad smile light up her face as she looked out across the Atlantic Ocean and then down toward the buildings of the Mother City. Her delight alone made this particular hike worth my while.

The gentle climb takes explorers along a very manageable dirt path that spirals around Lion’s Head, offering views of Table Mountain, Camps Bay and the Twelve Apostles, as well as the cityscape.

The gentle climb takes explorers along a very manageable dirt path that spirals around Lion’s Head, offering views of Table Mountain, Camps Bay and the Twelve Apostles, as well as the cityscape.

Toward the top, explorers will need to make use of ladders and handles; the inclines here are steep but short and fairly straightforward.

Moonlight hikes up Lion’s Head also take place during the full moon.

For the more adventurous, paragliding off Lion’s Head is well worth considering. For around R1 200, you can experience a tandem jump from approximately 450 metres above sea level.

Tour operators to consider are Cape Xtreme Adventure Tours, contactable at +27 (0)21 422 4198 and Downhill Adventures, who can be reached at +27 (0)21 422 0388.

For more information about hiking up Lion’s Head, phone the South African National Parks on +27 (0)21 701 8692.

Category: Adventure

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