Lion’s Head Full Moon Hike {What You Need To Know}

I have to be honest, the thought of climbing a mountain or doing any uphill activity is not the first thing that comes to mind when I am thinking about ways to spend my evening.

However, for the very first time in January 2017 we did the Full Moon Lion’s Head Hike in Cape Town.

It was a clear evening, with no wind and by the looks of things half of Cape Town had the same idea (well great minds think alike they say)

At 18:00 we started the journey and it took us about an hour to get to the top. Now let me be honest, this hike is tough, but it can be done by anyone who has a bit of an adventurous streak and is moderately fit.


The first part is uphill gravel which is in itself a bit of a challenge (the spectacular views does make up for the effort), however once you reach the rocky part you are in for some climbing and hanging on iron chains and bars…


I think the moment you reach the chains and iron bar section you think to yourself..(what have I gotten myself into) and it is also this bit of the hike that freaks people out since you have to  hoist yourself up vertically (about 3-4m or so from the ledge) on about 4 or 5 iron bars that is bolted into the rock.

There is an option to take an alternative route than the chains and bars section so rest assured you will be able to get to the top without feeling like Cliffhanger.

Lions head climb

Once I reached the top, I felt like Sylvester Stallone in a scene from Rocky (the one where he runs up the stairs) I wanted to  high five myself and every other person around us.


The 360 views from the top is magical to say the least and especially on a clear evening with the full moon rising over the mountains. It is a scene you will never forget.

This hike comes highly recommended and I am sure we will attempt this again soon.

Before embarking on a Full Moon Lions Head Hike – Here is 10 Handy Tips:


  1. Pack enough water – it gets hot and it is always great to be hydrated
  2. Pack a snack or something like an energy bar to keep your blood sugar levels stable.
  3. Take a hoody or warm clothing as the moment the sun sets, the mountain chill sets in.
  4. Take you camera with, there is more than enough photo opportunities to document your hike
  5. Allow enough time to get off the mountain after sunset. This is a very popular hike and there is a lot of people going up and down the mountain. It will take you about 90min+ to get down on a busy hike.
  6. Take a headlamp or flashlight as it is really dark once you are descending the mountain.
  7.  Do not attempt this hike if you are under the influence of alcohol.
  8. Be Patient – don’t try rushing or pushing past people coming up or down.
  9. Wear appropriate clothing – This is not a hike to be done in slops or in clothes that restrict movement.
  10. Always respect nature and the beautiful fauna and flora of Cape Town.


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