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Cape Town: Lion's Head Sunrise Hike

1. Cape Town: Lion's Head Sunrise Hike

Take part in a wonderful hike for families and couples and see Cape Town from 670 meters above sea level. Gaze in awe at the breathtaking landscape, and identify icons such as the adjacent Table Mountain and Robben Island out at sea. Look down on glorious beaches, including Camps Bay and Sea Point.  Lion’s Head is a free-standing peak located next to Table Mountain and offers 360-degree views. You are able to do a sunrise hike to the top, a day hike, or even a sunset hike, according to your preference. Brave an adventurous path using staples and chains or choose an easier route to avoid them. Whichever option you and your party feel most comfortable with, breathtaking panoramas are guaranteed.

Cape Town: Lion's Head Sunset Hike

2. Cape Town: Lion's Head Sunset Hike

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.

Cape of Good Hope: Sightseeing and African Penguins Tour

3. Cape of Good Hope: Sightseeing and African Penguins Tour

Marvel at the spectacular views from one of the world's most scenic drives, Chapman's Peak. Look out for African Penguins at Boulders Beach in Simonstown, as you enjoy the splendor of Victorian-era buildings. Get the camera at the ready as you stop at Maiden's Cove, famous for its incredible views of the Twelve Apostles, Camps Bay, and the twinkling Atlantic Ocean. Take an optional boat ride out to Seal Island, and enjoy the chance to hunt for souvenirs in the local market. Relax afterward over the best-roasted coffee in Cape Town, at Noordhoek Farm. Keep an eye out for wildlife at the World-Heritage-listed nature reserve of the Cape of Good Hope, known for its rich bio-diversity.

Cape Town: Lion's Head Sunrise or Sunset Hike

4. Cape Town: Lion's Head Sunrise or Sunset Hike

Meet your guide at the Lion's Head Hike - Starting Point. There is parking along Signal Hill Road if you arriving by car. Embark on the route to the summit, climbing 400 meters along the steep and rocky path. Keeping a slow and steady pace, take time to enjoy the views and photo opportunities en route. Enjoy views of the city and the Atlantic Ocean at the summit with snacks and coffee provided before heading back down the mountain to the meeting point.

Tsitsikamma Guided Hikes

5. Tsitsikamma Guided Hikes

Wander through the ancient Tsitsikamma forest as you travel back in time to when the forest was home to hunter gatherers and learn more about their daily existence beneath the canopy. As you hike beneath the treetops, discover how the forest lives and breathes to the sounds of birds like the Knysna Loerie and Green Hoophoes—you will be amazed. Hike the Tsitsikamma's indigenous forest and discover the secrets of the spectacular forest: choose your own adventure with a variety of routes to choose from. As you enter the forest you will encounter Hard Pear trees, Giant Yellow Woods and other interesting forest flora for an experience you'll never forget. The routes start at the Stormsriver Adventure Centre. The hikes are relatively easy and an average of 3 km/h can indicate the time needed to complete the various routes.

Cape Town: 3-Hour Lion's Head Sunset Hike

6. Cape Town: 3-Hour Lion's Head Sunset Hike

Of all the hikes in Cape Town, the climb up Lion’s Head is definitely the most popular. Situated between Table Mountain and Signal Hill, the peak provides 360-degree views of the city, Table Bay and the Atlantic seacoast. Taking in the sunset and the city lights from on high is a totally new way of enjoying Cape Town. You’ll make your way up to the peak on a spiral path. The ascent takes around an hour and there are gorgeous views all the way. Your passionate and knowledgeable guide will point out iconic landmarks and tell you about the history of the city. You will learn about the geology, fauna and flora of this world heritage site.  There are a number of ladders and chains that help you to the summit. If you are afraid of heights this may be daunting but if you are up for the challenge then your guide will help you all the way. At the summit you’ll be able to look down on Table Mountain and the city of Cape Town and enjoy the light and fantastic photographic opportunity. Walk back down as the sun sets and take in views of Table Mountain illuminated by a golden sky. If you’re lucky the moon might rise from the eastern mountains, further enhancing your views.  

Cape Town: Lion’s Head Sunrise or Sunset Hike

7. Cape Town: Lion’s Head Sunrise or Sunset Hike

Meet your guide at Signal Hill Road. Once there, decide whether or not you want to go up the route that includes a short, difficult scramble up a rocky area with the assistance of fixed chains and steel steps, or to take an alternative route. Bear in mind that the former option will require you to have a fairly good head for heights and at least a moderate level of physical fitness.  Afterwards, begin the hike and enjoy the well-earned views of the beautiful Mother City and its surroundings. At the summit, enjoy 360-degree views of Robben Island, The Twelve Apostles, and the sparkling coastline along the Atlantic seaboard. Once you've admired the beauty of the landscape and taken your pictures, be escorted back to the meeting point where the tour ends.

Stellenbosch: Guided Vineyard Hike and Wine Tasting

8. Stellenbosch: Guided Vineyard Hike and Wine Tasting

Your guide will meet you at your hotel in Stellenbosch and transport will be provided to the starting point of the walk. The vineyard trail meanders through beautiful wine farms in the Banhoek Valley between Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. While walking through this beautiful landscape, you'll learn more about winemaking, the indigenous flora and fauna, and life on the estate in general. During the walk, visit two wine estates for tastings and a cellar tour before heading to the final stop for lunch. For lunch, taste the famous chef’s selection of cheeses, antipasti and charcuterie platters (vegetarian options are also available). Sample these local delicacies while enjoying amazing views of the mountains and vineyards of the Banhoek valley. Transportation back to your hotel will be provided. The distance covered is 7- 9 km (there are variations on the route) and the level of difficulty is moderate.

Table Mountain Hike with Local Tour Guide

9. Table Mountain Hike with Local Tour Guide

Get back to nature and marvel at the flora and fauna of Table Mountain on a half-day hike with a qualified mountain guide. Trek at your own pace and in complete safety as you learn the cultural history of Cape Town and its natural surroundings. India Venster Half-Day Hike: Get breathtaking views of the city and rock formations of the west coast, and look across at Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned. The hike will take 3-4 hours to reach the top. Platteklip Gorge Half-Day Hike: Hike one of the most popular paths for stunning views of Lions Head, Signal hill, Devils Peak, Robben Island and more. It is a strenuous, but safe, hike that takes 2 to 3 hours to reach the top. Lions Head Half-Day Hike: Join this great walk for families to get panoramic views from 670 meters above sea level. Look down as the stunning beaches of Camps Bay and Sea Point. Take the adventurous path using staples and chains or the easier route if you prefer.

Table Mountain: Platteklip Gorge Hike

10. Table Mountain: Platteklip Gorge Hike

Get back to nature on a challenging hike through the Platteklip Gorge, and be rewarded by spectacular views of Cape Town from the top of Table Mountain. Following pickup from your accommodation, you will be taken to the start of the hike. The Platteklip Gorge hike takes about 1.5 to 3 hours, depending on the group's level of fitness. Hike with an experienced guide who will point out landmarks such as Lion's Head and the flat-topped Signal Hill, known for the Noon Gun salute by the South African Navy. Take in panoramic views of Devil's Peak, and see Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was kept in a maximum-security prison for 18 years. Travel back down on the Table Mountain Cableway to complete your experience.

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What people are saying about Western Cape

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 221 reviews

Our guide Henk was fantastic! He was so knowledgeable about the local plants and birds. Our 10 year old son loved talking to him and finding his little secret spots with caves etc. We took the Kasteel route to the top which ended up being about 6km with a 1000 meter elevation gain over 5 hours. It was an amazing hike, but you need to be in good shape and ready to climb some rock stairs! Henk was kind enough to take some really great pictures of our family with his camera and forward them on to us. We now have net year's holiday card! We have hiked all over North America and Europe and this hike was one of our all time favorites. We were definitely happy to take the lovely cable car down at the end of the trip for the fantastic views and our tired legs.

Rafeeq was an excellent guide. Walking all the way up lion's head and watching the sunset was a great experience. He had a spear headtorch to facilitate the way down with a beautiful clear sky with stars overlooking the lights of cape town. Rafeeq has a beautiful way with people and will adapt to your needs he will happily show you more things even if this means a longer hike as he is keen to make the hike something you enjoy above all. He will not pressure you and has a very reassuring way of communicating which makes you feel safe at all time. I strongly advise you to do this hike.

Very long walk but excellent guide who made it seem easy. I certainly recommend it to anyone who wants to stretch their legs. Hope for a nice day as it makes all the difference. No animal life and very little bird life. It’s just a good hike in the forest.

Darren was a wonderful guide. The hike so worth the views!

Had a great sunrise hike with Fatima, excellent guide!