Lion's Head Hike with Guide

  • About 4 hours


Lions Head being its own peak is a popular route for sunrise or sunset hikes. Definitely one of the shortest hikes in the nature reserve offering spectacular views, and giving a full hiking experience. If you have limited time or are just in for a shorter hike Lions head is a great peak to summit.

Difficulty: easy to moderate India Venster Hike Duration: 3.5 up and down Hike Distance: 5,5 kilometers (3,4 miles).
Elevation Gain: 669 meters (2,195 feet).

You'll need a sense of adventure and a willingness to have fun which is all hiking is about really.


Quick route description

There are a few different ways to start our Lions Head hike depending on where you will find parking. From the main start we will have quick elevation going up the jeep track until the pathway becomes a single track to the back of Lions Head. The further down start will have a more gradual single track to begin with, and then a quick and steep incline to the main route, following in almost a spiral around the Lions Head to when we will reach one of the two options again.

The quickest route is a more adventurous climb with some stapel ladders on the way up. The easier alternative is available if heights are not for you, and will take a little bit longer. Both routes will then link up again for the final incline to the top of the peak where you will be presented with spectacular views to all sides and a different perspective of Table Mountain.

Good to know

  • We operate seven days a week, year-round, subject to availability
  • An average fitness is required


  • Guided hike


  • Beverages & snacks


  • Hiking will make you peckish so bringing a snack for the way up is always a good idea


  • Well supportive closed-toe walking shoes with good grip are a must
  • Cape town does experience very hot days in the summer and a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, and water will be needed.
  • A long sleeve button-up shirt with a collar provides great sun coverage.

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January, 2023

I have had a great experience! The leadership was amazing, I was able to experience the wonders of nature in Cape Town through Cape Mountain Guides. I would recommend anyone coming from Europe or America that wants to experience great guiding to come to Cape Mountain Guides.

January, 2023

What a great adventure company! Cape Mountain Guides has a great selection of adventure options from hiking to cycling in the vineyards. Dohann, one of the guides, is really knowledgable about the mountains and has some real interesting facts about plants and animals. He will adapt the guide to cater for the group's needs to make sure everyone is enjoying themselves. Would really recommend to anyone who wants an awesome adventure!

January, 2023

We had an awesome time hiking up skeleton gorge. Profesional and knowledgeable guides giving us an unforgettable experience of table mountain and the beautiful kirstenbosch botanical gardens.

January, 2023

Two awesome guided hikes with Cape Mountain Guides in Jonkershoek Swartboskloof and Jonkershoek 'Tweede Waterval' (Stellenbosch). Also shared interesting info on the surrounding areas. Felt safe with clear guidance.

January, 2023

What a memorable day hiking! When my children were small we could watch snow only from the side of the road, and I longed to go into the mountains where there are less people. Dohann made it possible. A magical experience on the Perdekop hiking trail in Mont Rochelle Nature Reseve, thank you Dohann

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The guest can cancel free of charge until 7 days before arrival. The guest will be charged the total price if they cancel in the 7 days before arrival.

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