Compared to Table Mountain hike, Lion’s head is the perfect hike as it is one of the activities in Cape Town that doesn’t require much time… But the con is that sometimes you can’t admire the view because of the crowd! But guess what? Little Lion’s head was discovered and it is as spectacular as its big bro but less crowded! Wayne Reiche, South African BMX pioneer, shared the location and his beautiful pictures with us!

Start of the hike © Wayne Reiche

How can you get there?

To get to the foot of Lion’s Head little bro, take MyCiti bus number 108 or 109 and get off at “Mount Rhodes” bus stop. Then you will have to walk down Mount Rhodes drive and turn into Valley View Road which is a dead-end road. On your right hand side, there will be a gate and an intercommuniation system on which you have to press to be given access to the hike.

There are many paths you can take. This hike is not too hard as the path is quite straightforward but once you are about half-way you will have to climb boulders to make it to the top…

Once at the top, you can enjoy a 360 degrees view over Chapman’s Peak drive, Hout Bay, Judas Peak, Sandy Bay and Llandudno all by yourself (if you’re lucky enough).

Looking across Hout Bay toward Chapman’s Peak© Wayne Reiche

In a nutshell:

  • Hiking time: 1 to 2 hours (round trip)
  • Region: Llandudno
  • Cost: Free


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