Cape Town: Lion's Head Sunset Hike

4.8 / 5

44 reviews

Activity provider: Cape Escape Tours

Cape Town: Lion's Head Sunset Hike

Activity provider: Cape Escape Tours
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From US$ 59.70 per person

Likely to sell out

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


  • 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.
  • 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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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

4.8 /5

based on 44 reviews

Review summary

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  • Transportation
  • Service
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Evening hike up lions head wouldn’t say is an easy hike but the views as you circle the city 360 down below is outstanding & learning as you go .. with a knowledgeable host the hike down in darkness is a challenge but manageable with headtourches but great evening spent

March 28, 2023

This is a must when you love hiking and do not have much time in Cape Town. I strongly recommend to hike Lion's Head Peak, the views are worth it, but I also recommend to have a guide. There were areas when I would have taken a wrong path, so I was really glad for having a guide with me.

March 28, 2023

Patrick was absolutely amazing, would highly recommend. The views were unreal, Patrick provided the group with in-depth information about Cape Town while providing a safe hike for the team. Can’t fault a thing. Thanks for one of the best sunsets of my life (: - Sophie New Zealand

March 28, 2023

Product ID: 239632