Walk or Climb to the top of Table Mountain ( 3-4-6 hours depends on the route)
Climb or walk to the top of Table Mountain, Cape Town’s famous icon. The views from the top are simply stunning and make it all worth while. Towering 1088 meters over Cape Town, and around 500 million years in the making, Table Mountain is a playground for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts alike. Once an island, now boasting more plant species per square kilometer than a tropical jungle, this flat-topped monolith begs exploration. Trails run the length and breadth of the mountain, offering exceptional hiking for all levels of experience and fitness. Whether you’re looking for adventure or solitude, nature or views, a hike up Table Mountain is not to be missed .There are some 350 recognised paths to the summit, some undemanding and some are extremely difficult. It is not advisable to climb the mountain without someone experienced who knows the route well.
Lion’s Head hike / climb to the top ( 3-4 hours)
To the right of Table Mountain, Kloof Nek is linked to the aptly named Lion’s Head. The spiral walk up Lion’s Head passes through silver trees and spring flowers, and provides a 360º view of the Cape Peninsula as you go round the mountain. The walk is not terribly challenging, and is a popular family outing. At the top, you are rewarded with a breathtaking panoramic view, and birds scramble for the crumbs left behind by numerous picnic baskets.
Lion’s Head in turn is connected by a lion’s body to the rump known as Signal Hill. Signal Hill derives its name from the time when it was used as a semaphore post for communication with ships at sea. It is from here that the noon cannon is still fired every day. After dark, the hill is a popular scene for couples who enjoy the romantic sight of the sparkle of the city lights with the backdrop of a floodlit Table Mountain.
The panoramic views from the top of Lion’s Head make the walk so worthwhile. The view encompasses the harbour, the Twelve Apostles mountain range, Camps Bay, Table Mountain, Devil’s Peak, Signal Hill and the Cape Flats. It’s an adventurous walk but it is well worth while. It takes about three hours including time to stop and take in the views and perhaps to stop for a picnic.