Lion's Head
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The Pride of Cape Town
This is the view that you'll be treated to while climbing to the summit of Lion's Head in Cape Town, South Africa. The ever-stunning Table Mountain is just to the left of this perspective and as you head up the climb, you'll soon be facing Robben Island in the distance with all of Cape Town down below. Strict management by city authorities has kept development of housing off the higher ground of Signal Hill, leaving the great open spaces and hiking trails protected. The Lion's Head hiking trail is eight miles round-trip and takes about three to four hours to complete (depending on your pace). Since it's a winding path which travels around the mountain, you have the unique opportunity to view every side of Cape Town, from above. If you happen to be in town during the full moon, be sure to start hiking mid-afternoon and bring your headlamp and a packed dinner. You'll meet many a local honoring their monthly tradition of hiking up, eating their picnic dinner during sunset, and hiking back down in the full moonlight glow.
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Climb Lion's Head in the moonlight
Lion's Head is a mountain in Cape Town between Table Mountain and Signal Hill. Lion's Head peaks at 669 metres (2,195 ft) above sea level. The peak forms part of a dramatic backdrop to the city of Cape Town. It can be climbed during the day- it is a busy and popular climb or once a month under the full moon and starlight for some extra magic. It starts off relatively steep as the path winds around the mountain- it is not a straight ascent. It is a walk that turns into a hike that turns into a challenging climb but the views are gorgeous and you can stop and turn around at any time, so even people with moderate fitness can manage the walk part (locals often take their dogs with!) It's free and fun and gives you a wonderful perspective of the city glittering below either lit up by the sunshine or the moonlight. If climbing in summer please remember that the African sun gets very hot, very quickly so you should start your climb by 7am. Remember to take with water, sunscreen and a hat as there is nowhere close by to purchase these items. At night you will need a warm jacket and torch and good climbing shoes. The very fit can summit in 45 minutes but the average person may take between 75- 90 mins however it is best to go at your own pace and enjoy the spectacular view.
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Full Moon hike up Lion´s Head
Capetonians are pretty outdoorsy people and the full moon hike up Lion´s Head is a big summer-time tradition for a lot of locals. Pack a picnic dinner and start the hike about an hour or so before sunset (depending on your fitness levels and how fast you can climb!) and the aim is to reach the top of the mountain in time to watch the sun set in the west, followed shortly by the full moon´s ascent in the east. The 360 degree veiws from the top are breathtaking, but even if you don´t make it all the way to the summit there are many places where you can stop and watch the moon rising over the lights of Cape Town. Pack a flashlight to make the walk back down a bit easier, but the moon is usually bright enough that you wouldn´t need it.
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Lion's Head the easy way
Guided hikes up the peak, while not necessary, are offered in town for a very reasonable price. Sorry, no details available (it was two years ago for me). They leave downtown by vehicle for the parking lot at the base of the mountain, then follow the rocky, winding, spectacular trail up to the summit in time for sunset. A headlamp will help for the descent as it does get dark. Highly recommended either on your own or by tour. Hiking shoes recommended. Not for the mobility challenged.

Lion's Head the easy way
Guided hikes up the peak, while not necessary, are offered in town for a very reasonable price. Sorry, no details available (it was two years ago for me). They leave downtown by vehicle for the parking lot at the base of the mountain, then follow the rocky, winding, spectacular trail up to the summit in time for sunset. A headlamp will help for the descent as it does get dark. Highly recommended either on your own or by tour. Hiking shoes recommended. Not for the mobility challenged.

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