Lions Head hike Overview

Discover the Cape Town on a 3-hour Lions Head hike, the Twelve Apostles viewing point, and the Robben Island over-looking place. Navigate the vast complex of the Lions Head trail, hiking paths, and chain with a guide, who will bring the ancient mountains to life. Skip all the entrance lines to explore trails such as the Spiral Route of the Lions Head hiking trail and the Lion’s Mane; step inside the caves of Lions Head hike to admire ‘The Table Top’ by picture taking’; and hear little-known tales about Lions Head Table Mountain. Choose from several departure times, from sunrise to Lions Head sunset hike experience and upgrade to a small-group tour with four people or less.

See priceless views from the mountain with skip-the-line entry to the Lions Head hike and Chains route or Spiral route. Go on an exciting journey through centuries of mountaineering, admiring views from Table Mountain to the Cape of Good Hope, and Cape Point.

  • Enjoy a skip-the-line Lions Head hike tour including the Twelve Apostles viewing point, Robben Island look up and the flat top summit viewing desk towards Table Mountain
  • See captivating sites like the Atlantic Ocean, Camps Bay and Clifton 4th beaches
  • Hike Lion’s Head Cape Town to see Table Mountain The New Seven Wonder of Nature
  • Explore 669 meters above Cape Town on a fully guided hike up Lions Head and see where to start Lion’s Head hike.
  • Choose from four different times, from Lions Head sunset hike to sunrise and upgrade to a small-group tour (maximum 4)
  • Select your entrance to explore Lion Head mountain by a guide at your preferred time
  • Marvel at the sunrise or sunset views “Wonderful” in the best photoshoot locations
  • Get escorted above the Lion-shaped mountain through the fastest track available and then enjoy at your own pace

What To Expect on a Lions Head Hike

Lion’s Head tours with skip-the-line access are sought-after, so even the fast-track lines are long via the Chains. Lions Head Cape Town experience includes admission through a special entrance, so there are no lines whatsoever. Follow your guide directly inside the mountain passes of hiking networks that is the Lion’s Head mountain.

About Lions Head Hike

  • Duration 3 hours
    Skip the line
  • Printed or mobile voucher accepted
  • Instant confirmation
  • Live guide
  • Easy cancellation
    Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Lion’s Head hike, Signal Hill Road, Cape Town, 8001
DEPARTURE TIME Please arrive by 15 minutes before scheduled pickup or tour time.
RETURN TIME Approximately 3 hours from the starting time of the hike.
WEAR Comfortable athletic clothing, hiking boots if available, hat, jacket and sunscreen.
Professional instructor Meals / drinks
1 hour of free time Transportation
Hiking equipment
Instructor gratuity


Booking and upgrade to tour

Lion’s Head tours with skip-the-line access are sought-after, so even the fast-track lines are long at times of the year. Lions Head Cape Town experience includes admission through a special entrance, so there are no lines whatsoever. Follow your guide directly inside of the Lion’s Head trail of private networks that is the guided tour booking experience.

Pickup and transportation to the foot of the mountain

Walk through the gates of the trail and start climbing Lions Head as you listen to tales of historically rich landmarks and sites in Cape Town. Gaze at the views such as the city center, Table Mountain and yet fascinating Atlantic Ocean beaches, and admire the Twelve Apostles and Robben Island of the Cape seafront. Stop for photos in front of the sitting bench at the starting point of the Lion’s Head hiking trail.

Lion's Head trail walking

Lion’s Head walks are a series of peak leading paths that highlight the talent of the Mother City herself. Pass through the Chains or the Spiral Route, and then step inside the walkway via the Lion’s Mane top the top — the Lion’s back is a place of great heights and a highlight of any Lion’s Head trip. Stand beneath Table Mountain’s New Seven Wonder of Nature, which cloaks the views, and admire the beaches around Cape Town, his colorful tour that adorns a journey of a lifetime.

Summiting the Lion-shaped mountain

After your Lion’s Head visit, continue to the top of the mountain, the symbolic stone of the Lion’s Head hike overlooking the beaches is waiting for Insta photos. Learn about its history of the Cape and see more Table Mouintain views including Hout Bay, a place where they have the freshest fish markets in Cape Town (and possibly South Africa too). Gaze at the road to Boulders Beach and Cape Point by looking towards the Atlantic Sea, and then say goodbye to your guide after heading down the mountain together.

Return to your hotel and/or accommodation

Keep in mind that Lion’s Head hike and the walking tour might be unavailable on weather-dependent days due to the rain or gale force winds. As an alternative, you’ll be offered an extended itinerary within the Lion’s Head hike, which still includes the walking and informative tour and mountain guiding safety. If you want to make sure that Lion’s Head Pickup and Drop off are included in your Hike Cape Town tour, don’t select hotels outside of Cape Town as your travel date accommodation.
Pickup Times
Sunrise 5:00
Morning 7:00
Afternoon 10,11,12
Sunset 17:00
*hotel drop-off included
** Group Hike
Lions Head Hike

Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 24 reviews
October 1, 2018

Fast track is great, because hiking ques is rather big. The Lion’s Head gudes were great and the tour full of many things to see. The mountain is amazing. And also the Twelve Apostles viewing of Cape Town was breathtaking!

reviewed by Sofia – Greece, Oct 2018

October 3, 2018

Excellent service,great friendly guides

reviewed by Wendy – United Kingdom, Oct 2018

October 5, 2018

Everything about this process was fantastic. Meeting the rep on the steps outside the hotel. Very friendly guides. No queues, so easy. Thanks

reviewed by Alison and Jack – Cyprus, Oct 2018

October 6, 2018

Very easy and fast entrance to Lion’s Head… brilliant.

reviewed by Benjamin – United Kingdom, Oct 2018

October 9, 2018


reviewed by Alicia – United States, Oct 2018

October 9, 2018

Would recommend it to everyone, we were a bit early but they asked if we wanted to join the earlier group and had no problem getting in skipped the line and had a wonderful time!

reviewed by Tiaanl – South Africa, Oct 2018

October 12, 2018

Easy and convienent Fast track into Lion’s Head and Twelve Apostles viewing to explore at own pace

reviewed by Samantha – United Kingdom, Oct 2018

November 1, 2018

perfect way to skip the 3 hour line !!!

reviewed by Alexander – Austria, Nov 2018

November 1, 2018

This was a small tour, 5 people, so it was easy to stay together. Our guide was excellent and very entertaining, his knowledge on the various mountains was amazing. A skip the line tour of Lion’s Head is worth every cent, and having a great guide made the 3.5 hours extremely interesting.

Paula , Nov 2018

November 2, 2018

It was really fast tract! It was cool hike!

reviewed by ej – United States, Nov 2018

November 2, 2018

Nathan was a delight. She was engaging, informative and delivered in a spirited and delightful manner.

John R, Nov 2018

November 3, 2018

Last minute booking and worth it visit

reviewed by Rochelle – Philippines, Nov 2018

November 5, 2018

Guide highly recommended.

reviewed by Dennis – United States, Nov 2018

November 7, 2018

I loved not having to wait on lines.

reviewed by Gloria – United States, Nov 2018

November 7, 2018


reviewed by Gary – United Kingdom, Nov 2018

November 8, 2018

Very organized and a great way to get to Lion’s Head hike

reviewed by Robin – United States, Nov 2018

November 8, 2018

Guide was amazing !!!

reviewed by Robbie – United States, Nov 2018

November 9, 2018

Wonderful and efficient service. Amazing experience, no hindered by continuous queues.

reviewed by Susan – Italy, Nov 2018

November 9, 2018

Great time. Great experience.

reviewed by torrie – United States, Nov 2018

November 9, 2018

defiantly worth buying this. saved hours of waiting around. would tell anyone too book this way

reviewed by Karla – United Kingdom, Nov 2018

November 10, 2018

Wonderfull! Saved a lot of time by skipping the line…

reviewed by Filip – Belgium, Nov 2018

November 10, 2018

A first class visit. Our appointed tour guide was very knowledgeable and helped to provide excellent historical insight. The skip the line booking was well worth the money paid to capture wonderful memories of our visit to Cape Town. Thank you.

Carl, Nov 2018

November 13, 2018

Perfect solution for long queues. We were ahead of our schedule and could even end 1 hour early. I would definitely recommend it.

reviewed by Sari – Netherlands, Nov 2018

November 14, 2018

Really good way to go to Lion’s Head without making the lines, you can easily find the people from “” and then the process to go up the Lion’s Head mountain is really fast, they distribute the water and snacks and the you are free to go up at a group at the pace of the guide and order that you want.

reviewed by Mari Carmen – Mexico, Nov 2018

Leave a Review