Where to Go Hiking in Cape Town

There is no shortage of hiking trails and mountains in Cape Town, South Africa but make sure you know the basics before you embark on your voyage.

The walking and hiking trail options in Cape Town are virtually endless, from Table Mountain to Lion’s Head, Signal Hill to Kirstenbosch. Just make sure you do your research, carry water, and have a reliable map—and whatever you do, please don’t wear sandals. In the summertime, it’s best to schedule your hike in the early morning to avoid high temperatures and hordes of people (probably in sandals). Here’s what you should know about some of the city’s best hiking spots.

Lion’s Head is one of Cape Town’s most popular mountains to climb. Unlike Table Mountain, the top can’t be reached by cable car. While it isn’t a particularly strenuous hike, the climb to the top can be steep, with the use of chains at the end to help you ascend. But once you reach the summit, you’ll find the astounding views an apt reward. If you’re after something a little less challenging, head to the trail available at the base of the mountain. It’s a much quieter option with fewer people—extra reason to take a map.

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