The Mother City is quite beautiful by night, especially over a picnic on Lion’s Head under the full moon. This is one experience you won’t regret. It is an easy hike to the top and the 360 degree views are spectacular!
Length: 3 hours (hiking and picnic time)
Availability: Every full moon
Group size: 2 – 10
More information: Full moon dates
I met with a few of my school friends at the parking at the bottom of Leeukop at about 17:00. The path starts out with a wide gravel road which becomes a foot path after about 1km. The path then circles around Lion’s Head, past the Paragliding launch point, all the way to the top. At one point the path splits with the one option going straight to the peak with ladders and chains and the other following a circling route with less incline. Unfortunately I wasn’t allowed to go up with the chains as I did the outing with concerned teachers. It sucks, I know.
At the top some 45 minutes later there were already tens of people sitting around dangling they legs off the cliff and enjoying a glass of wine. I did some rock jumping and took some photos of the beacon and passing paragliders. Some moments later the sun started to set. On this specific day something very special happened: the sun went down at the exact same moment as the moon rose. On the way down, with only the moon to lighten the path, we stopped once or twice to admire the lights of Cape Town.
I would definitely come back; next time taking the ladders and drinking some red wine.
- Drive up the paved road about 200 to 300 meters and park. You’ll know you’re in the right place as there will be loads of people with backpacks on. There is also a little wooden hut .
- Wear some descent sports shoes or takkies and shorts.
- Take a torch or a headlamp with you, especially if you are scared of the dark. We did it without that, but the moon could have easily disappeared behind a cloud.
- I’d advise you to also take a warm top for when the sun sets and a possible night time nip kicks in.
- Walk down slowly and help each other . If you walk through a tricky section and the person behind you doesn’t have a torch, stop and shine the light in front of them until they are through it as well.
- Don’t forget your camera!
Click here for an interactive map and directions
- Pin B is at the parking with is about 300m up Signal Hill road.
- Zoom in to Lion’s Head to see the path spiraling around the peak.
- I prefer driving on the N1 (second option on Google Maps).
Experienced on 31 January 2010