Lions Head Full Moon Hike – Cape Town

The Full Moon Hike up Lion’s Head in Cape Town

The Mother City is quite beautiful by night, especially over a picnic on Lion’s Head under the full moon


 At 669 metres above sea level it’s just about high enough to see some incredible views of Robben Island (where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years), the Atlantic Seaboard and a windy stretch of beach known as Blouberg on the other side of the bay. During the 17th century the British tried to call Lion’s Head the Sugar Loaf Mountain. Just like the one in Brazil. The Dutch, however, felt that the mountain’s shape resembled a crouching lion and eventually settled on Leeuwen Kop (Lion’s Head).

The hour-long climb to the top is a popular Capetonian tradition during full moon and a must to do in your lifetime. We suggest you pack your  trusty walking boots, a camera and a backpack containing beverages such as a bottle of wine (you never know when you might need it) .We suggest you se off around  16:00 – giving you ample time to reach the summit before sunset. 

As you sit  dangling your feet over the edge of the mountain whilst tucking into a picnic take in the incredible view and pat yourself on the back as you have reached the top of the mountain. Aside from the fact that you have  impressed yourself by scaling Lion’s Head the panoramic views of the Mother City and its surrounding coastline are magnificent. As you sip on your well-deserved glass of red whilst the sun sets over the distant Hottentots Holland mountains to the East in red and gold hues remember you still have a climb back down the mountain to embark on.  

Once the sun sets  it will  start to get dark soon so begin our descent cautiously shimmieng down on your rear end. Dont forget to  stop briefly at the point overlooking Camps Bay to marvel at shimmering city lights.

Remember timing is everything , The idea is to watch the full moon rising over a picnic and then follow the same path down by the light of the moon.

Hiking Lion’s Head at full moon is something that you have to do at least once. Whether or not you actually see the moon, the hike to the summit boasts spectacular views and there are routes to suit all levels of fitness. Once at the top the atmosphere is bustling as hikers eagerly await the sunset and the rise of the full moon. If by chance you ever forget it’s a great way of reminding yourself why you chose to live in the Mother City.

See you at the top!

1 thought on “Lions Head Full Moon Hike – Cape Town

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    sar - 02/08/2012

    This sounds AMAZING! can anybody tell me whether its still a good idea to do this when it isn’t full moon?

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