Cape Town

Lion's Head Sunrise/Sunset Hike from Cape Town

Cape Town, South Africa

From USD 83.00

Price varies by group size

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 3 hours (approx.)
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Lion’s Head—located in Table Mountain National Park—is known for being a top hiking location that offers incredible views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Hottentots Holland Mountains. With this guided hike, you can safely explore this magnificent landscape without the worry of getting lost. Choose from a sunrise or a sunset hike, and enjoy plenty of photo stops along the way too.
  • Flexible choices: Pick from a sunrise or a sunset tour
  • Get insider tips on great landscape photography spots
  • A small-group tour means great access to your guide for questions
  • Stay fueled for your adventures: Fruit and snacks are provided

What's Included

  • Fruit
  • Snacks
  • Headlamps/flashlights
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (if option not selected)
  • Bottled water

Meeting And Pickup

You can head directly to the meeting point, or request pickup

Meeting point

  • Lion's Head Hike - Starting Point
    Signal Hill Rd, Signal Hill, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa

    The start location on google maps is at 7 Signal Hill Road, Signal Hill. As you turn onto Signal Hill Road, the parking area is about 500m up the road. There is a white mobile coffee caravan opposite the trail head (most times in the afternoon).

Pickup points

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Opening hours

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End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

Pickup details

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What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 20 hours of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Wear a descent pair of walking/hiking shoes
  • You need to have a basic level of fitness
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Minimum age is 8 years
  • Not recommended for participants with heart or other serious medical conditions
  • Operates in most weather conditions, please dress appropriately. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travellers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Featured review
Our hike up lion’s head was amazing. I did the sunrise. One of the best experiences I’ve ever had. The views were amazing and our guide, Tauriq, was fantastic. He took the time to make sure that everyone in our group made up and down safely. He also gave us the history of Cap Town. Highly recommend this hike. Please note that the hike has a few areas that can be strenuous. You need to pull yourself up using chains and ladders. Tauriq was great in helping everyone but be mindful of this. Other than that an incredible experience to see magnificent views.


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10/10 recommend
Dawn_W, Apr 2023
As a group of 8 friends we booked the sunrise hike. Tauriq was very informative and a great guide overall. The views are amazing and the hike is an adventure! 10/10 recommend. Know going in that there are some more challenging sections of the trail but Tauriq was very patient and kind.
Wonderful hike with gorgeous views
Barbara_S, Apr 2023
It was a challenging hike, but the pace was slow enough that it was very manageable. Add a little excitement doing chains and ladders over one stretch of it. But the views were just stunning.
Favorite view of Cape Town
Josephine_F, Apr 2023
This hike was difficult for me. I am a little over weight and have a previous injury. Our guide was fantastic and kind and coached me along and didn't make me feel like a budren. Most spectacular views!!!
Breathtaking Sunset Hike
Jennifer_C, Apr 2023
Idris was an excellent guide and provided a great overview of the history of Cape Town. The sunset views are breathtaking.
Breathtaking view and over great experience
Douglas_S, Apr 2023
Our hike up lion’s head was amazing. I did the sunrise. One of the best experiences I’ve ever had. The views were amazing and our guide, Tauriq, was fantastic. He took the time to make sure that everyone in our group made up and down safely. He also gave us the history of Cap Town. Highly recommend this hike. Please note that the hike has a few areas that can be strenuous. You need to pull yourself up using chains and ladders. Tauriq was great in helping everyone but be mindful of this. Other than that an incredible experience to see magnificent views.
This was an amazing...
Antaneya_M, Mar 2023
This was an amazing experience if your looking for a good hike this is it our tour operator Tim was amazing and so patient I would definitely recommend this tour
Perfect - totally worth the early wake up
Annika_K, Mar 2023
This excursion was well worth the wake up at 3:45 am. Tauriq picked us up as promised and we had a really nice walk up the hill. He was patient and helpful and we learnt a lot about South Africa and Cape Town on the way. At the top we were served delicious cookies baked by Tauriq's wife. We warmly recommend this tour and Tauriq as a guide. This was a perfect start for our holidays! Thank you!
Sunrise hike was brilliant
Peter_B, Feb 2023
Really fun hike starting in the dark and seeing the sun come up. Amazing views of the coast, city and table mountain. And Tauriq was an excellent guide providing loads of interesting info throughout.
Amazing guided sunset adventure!
Lori_R, Feb 2023
Pretty much the best hike I’ve ever done. Tauriq was an incredible guide and I’m so glad we had him and our group for this journey. The staples/chains route was challenging with my fear of heights and Tauriq was patient and helpful the entire way. What a rewarding view at the end. Would definitely recommend this adventure!
Great views of Cape Town
Thomas_M, Feb 2023
Tauriq paced our climb well - we never felt rushed. He helped a few people in our party get through some technical areas of the climb that they did not think they could do. The weather conspired to hide the sunset from us, but it was a refreshing, enjoyable hike all the same.
Amazing views at sunrise!
Jared_S, Feb 2023
My wife and I did the Lion’s Head sunrise hike on our honeymoon in Cape Town. A perfect hike to schedule on our first day because of the time change! The hike itself is pretty easy for the first 2/3 then a bit more challenging near the top (some rock scrambling and fairly steep). The views from the summit are very much worth the hike, though! The sunrise hike starts early (around 4:30 AM) and headlamps were provided. Our guide was Tariq who was super friendly and extremely knowledgeable. He made the hike a lot of fun. This is a must-do if you are a hiker visiting Cape Town.
Fun scramble of a hike and a beautiful sunset
Adrienne_M, Jan 2023
Tauriq lead us on a sunset hike. He set a nice pace with plenty of stops for water and rest. I appreciated getting the broader information he offered about Cape Town in general and some of the impacts of apartheid. The scramble to the summit was so much fun and his spot to watch the sunset took us away from the crowds. It was a wonderful experience.
Amazing Experience with Views!
Amy_C, Jan 2023
It’s an early morning… but oh so worth it! Terak was amazing! Beautiful views all the way from start to finish… I’m sore today. The hike does have ladders to climb which I could only do one as it was to high/scary for me… my adult kids did it and loved it!
Worst experience ever
Ramy_E, Jan 2023
I spent 8 days in capetown. Experienced a lot of activities . But this one was the worst ever !!! No organization at all. The guide wasn’t helpful ( Tauriq). I don’t recommend.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
I'm sorry to hear that it was the worst experience ever. You did NOT attend the experience. You arrived late and at the incorrect start location. Refund was even provided out of good will. Sorry that it had to end this way.
Remarkable views
Jervin_P, Jan 2023
I was a bit nervous planing to hike up at 4am in order to see the sunrise. But with the help of our guide, he made it very pleasant and came prepared. Along the way we stopped a couple of times and gave us a brief history lesson on Cape Town while we caught our breath. At the top he was also able to get the shots we wanted. Defiantly a must do while you’re in Cape Town
Exhilarating Lion’s Head 🦁 👌
RichardT_S, Jan 2023
Gr8 experience,made better with our top guide Tariq who made you feel safe & at ease with his vast knowledge of the mountain ..a very early start,but brilliant all the same..a must do when visiting Cape Town
Must Do in Cape Town!
Anshu_K, Jan 2023
We did the sunset hike with Tariq in CPT and it was an absolutely amazing experience. He is very knowledgeable and passionate about what he does and it really reflects in how he handled the entire experience! He talks about the history of South Africa and his and his family's experiences which is very informative. As an added bonus he also takes awesome pics :) Def. recommend this experience!
100% do not miss this whilst in Cape Town
Jordan_G, Dec 2022
We absolutely LOVED our hike up Lions Head and couldn’t have done it without our awesome guide Tariq. He was so knowledgeable and told us all about the history of Cape Town whilst climbing up. He knew all the best spots to take us and even gave us apples and cookies 😂 next time we’re in Cape Town we’re booking another hike with tariq for sure.
Great hike with a great guide
Rebecca_P, Dec 2022
Tauriq was a great guide with lots of knowledge of SA and its history. Thoroughly recommend this trip.
Wonderful hike, phenomenal views, go early
Juliana_O, Dec 2022
Hike was great. Views were phenomenal. Expect to climb rocks and scale walls. It does require some prep before attempting.

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