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Lion's Head Sunrise/Sunset Hike from Cape Town

5 (313)
Cape Town, ZA

Lion's Head Sunrise/Sunset Hike from Cape Town

5 (313)
Cape Town, ZA
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Experience the breathtaking beauty of Cape Town's most Instagram-worthy hike with the Lion's Head Sunrise/Sunset Hike. As you ascend Lions Head, you'll be treated to stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Hottentots Holland mountains. Capture unforgettable photos and immerse yourself in the natural wonders of the landscape. During a sunset hike, you'll descend in the dark, guided by your provided flashlight. For a sunrise hike, you may begin in darkness, but the reward is a spectacular sunrise over the mountains. This hike is an adventure, with steep rocky terrain and the use of steel handles and chains to navigate certain sections. Join this age-old tradition loved by locals, especially during full moon nights when the city lights below and the stars above create a magical atmosphere. Fruit, headlamps/flashlights, and snacks are included, so all you need to bring is your sense of adventure.

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • 3 hours
  • Suitable for 1-8 Participants
  • Small Group Tour
  • Self Guided Experience
  • Hiking up Lions Head, Cape Town's most Instagram'able hike
  • Catching the sunset over the Atlantic Ocean
  • Experiencing the sunrise from the Hottentots Holland mountains
  • Amazing photo opportunities throughout the hike
  • Enjoying the beauty of the city lights and stars during the night sky
  • Snacks
  • Fruit
  • Headlamps/flashlights
  • Bottled water
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (if option not selected)

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Welcome to the Lion's Head Sunrise/Sunset Hike from Cape Town! This exhilarating activity will take you on a picturesque journey up Lions Head, offering breathtaking views of Cape Town and the surrounding landscapes. Whether you choose to catch the vibrant sunset over the Atlantic Ocean or witness the magical sunrise from the Hottentots Holland mountains, this hike promises to be an unforgettable experience.

What to expect?

During the Lion's Head Sunrise/Sunset Hike, you can anticipate a thrilling adventure filled with stunning photo opportunities. As you ascend the trail, you'll encounter rocky and narrow terrain, adding an element of excitement to the journey. At certain points, steel handles and chains will guide you up two pitches, making it a truly adventurous experience. If you opt for a sunset hike, you'll descend in the dark using provided flashlights. For a sunrise hike, you may even start your ascent in the dark, creating a magical atmosphere with the flickering lights illuminating the trail.

Who is this for?

The Lion's Head Sunrise/Sunset Hike is suitable for both locals and tourists seeking an incredible outdoor adventure. Whether you're an experienced hiker or a beginner, this activity offers a moderate challenge that can be enjoyed by individuals of various fitness levels. Nature lovers, photography enthusiasts, and adventure seekers will particularly appreciate the stunning landscapes and unique experiences this hike has to offer.

Why book this?

Embark on this hike to witness the unparalleled beauty of Cape Town from a breathtaking vantage point. The opportunity to capture stunning sunrise or sunset photos over the Atlantic Ocean or Hottentots Holland mountains is simply unparalleled. The sense of accomplishment and connection with nature that you'll feel after conquering the rocky terrain and using steel handles and chains adds an extra layer of excitement and adventure. This hike also provides a chance to immerse yourself in a local tradition, especially during full moon nights when the city lights below and the moon and stars above create a mesmerizing spectacle.

Good to know

Your safety and comfort are our top priorities. Fruit, headlamps/flashlights, and snacks are included in the hike, ensuring you have the necessary provisions for a memorable experience. Please note that hotel pickup and drop-off are not included unless specifically selected. We recommend bringing your own bottled water to stay hydrated throughout the hike. The start location is at 7 Signal Hill Road, Signal Hill, with ample parking available. Look out for the white mobile coffee caravan opposite the trailhead, which is often present in the afternoons.


Participants who have embarked on the Lion's Head Sunrise/Sunset Hike have raved about their experiences. Many have praised the awe-inspiring views and the sense of achievement gained from conquering the challenging terrain. Travelers have also expressed their appreciation for the knowledgeable and friendly guides who ensure a safe and enjoyable journey. The opportunity to witness the city lights below and the natural beauty of the night sky during full moon hikes has left visitors in awe. Overall, reviews indicate high satisfaction and a strong recommendation to others looking for an unforgettable hiking adventure in Cape Town.

How long before the event do I need to book?

  • You can book at any time before the event

Vouchers accepted in the following formats

  • Mobile

Is an adult required for the booking?

  • At least one adult or senior required per booking

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5 (313)


A great hike up to the peak with great views of the surroundings. Guide was very knowledgeable and provided additional background on elements around the hike


I was travelling in Cape Town by myself, and didn't feel comfortable hiking Lion's Head solo (which I'm glad I did not, even before it became extremely foggy). This hike was great. Tariq was a fantastic guide - gave great background and was very helpful while members of the group were nervous. I would absolutely go on another hike with Tariq.


Such a genuinely sweet guide! He made sure we were all safe. I had the best time! Would recommend a 100% when visiting Cape Town.


We really enjoyed our hike with Idress. It was fun, interesting and above all stunning. Idress was the perfect guide! We highly recommend doing it while staying in Capetown 😊


Went for the sunrise. It was just a perfect experience. The guide was extraordinary caring. And a very well unformed local. The tour as such is also very recommendable.

Bavik S

Best way to take a hike up Lion’s Head and view the sunset. Kurt is a knowledgeable guide and creates a real sense of adventure amounts the group. Highly recommended


Incredible guide! Kurt just made this experience unique and was very caring! We went up to Lions Head for the sunset and it was perfect! I truly recommend it to everyone :)


Everything was organised very smoothly and our guide Idrees was a really nice guy. I am not super fit but thanks to all the carefully selected break times a story telling, I managed to get to the top and back, no problem. The morning we went was very very windy, Idress did well to check in on all of us constantly and make sure we were comfortable. Once we got to the top the view was amazing. The sunrise and the clouds over table mountain - stupendous grandeur.


My tour guide Kurt did a great job showing us around and kept everyone safe during the hike . I would recommend this to anyone who loves hiking .


Exhilarating trip up Lions Head. The guides were awesome. It’s expensive for a family of 4 but absolutely worth it ! Our Guide, Kurt kept us safe snd on the right track and we felt in control all the time. Great facts, tips and conversation too. Thoroughly recommend this trip !
Collected by Evendo, Tripadvisor & Viator
2024-04-18 11:09