Believe it not I only moved to Cape Town upon laying my eyes on a picture of UCT with the mountain in the background. I immediately imagined myself in nature and taking in the views while zoning out and contemplating the purpose of life (apperently I do that often). Long story short, I love hiking and thinking. Since I am no longer part of the UCT hiking and ski society, finding a consistent weekend hiking buddy has been a 6 year old mammoth task. After begging and making sure he was fed, I finally managed to get my husband (Tebogo) to wake up early enough on a weekend.
So with our backpack filled with water, energy drinks, biltong, dried fruit, snack bars and SPF 50 sunscreen we were ready to spend our Sunday with our family member (my new surname Tawana means lion cub).
At first glance, Lion’s Head looks steep and challenging. But it’s a really average hike with steep trails followed by semi flat surfaces which Mother Nature seems to have perfectly designed to suit all hiking levels. One of the slightly challenging parts is the close proximity of the walking trail to the edge of the mountain. I am not phased by it but if you are scared of heights, you may want to look down and straight ahead. Another not so nice part is the chains section. They are positioned on the much steeper (half way) mark . Again, not a big deal but let’s just be honest, one misstep on the already slippery rocks and you are in for the worst.
With that said, I would urge anybody and everybody to go up Lion’s Head at least once in their lifetime if not annually. It has the most spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean, 12 Apostles, Chapman’s Peak, Table Mountain, Robben Island, Signal Hill and most of all the city landscape.Every turn is basically a picture perfect moment with aerial views of nearby Camps Bay beach to the left.
In the middle is Signal Hill, which offers picturesque sunset watching spots often populated by tourists, friends and lovers.
And finally to the right, is one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Table Mountain.
Another awesome activity to do which requires an initial yet easy walk up the mountain is the paragliding spot. Paragliding is often controlled by the ever changing Cape wind and takes you along Signal Hill and all the way down to Sea Point or Camps Bay beach. I’m an adrenaline junky so you’ll definitely see me paragliding soon.
Once at the top, you’ll find breath taking (literally and figuratively) Instagram photo spots overlooking the Atlantic Seaboard and city of Cape Town. As if you you were not already sold on this hike, Capetonians are really sweet people who do not usually hog photography spots so you will definitely get your perfect pic..