Four interesting facts about Lion’s Head

Nestled between Table Mountain and Signal Hill, Lion’s head is a popular attraction for travellers visiting Cape Town.

Peaking at 669 metres above sea level, hiking Lion’s Head will provide you with spectacular views of the city, the Atlantic Seaboard and even Robben Island. If you’re interested in summitting this mountain, here are some interesting facts to know before you start your journey.

Travelling in and around Cape Town is best when you have your own wheels, if you need some – car hire Cape Town is your best option if you plan on exploring Lion’s Head and the other plethora of activities at your disposal in the Mother City.

You can paraglide off Lion’s Head


Tired of hiking? Paragliding down Lion’s Head will save you some much-needed energy and an adrenaline rush. The Spiral Route Path up to passes a jump site 20 minutes into the walk. The first paraglide off Lion’s Head was done in 1987.

Lion’s once roamed on Lion’s Head


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During the 1600’s, there are written records that state that lion and leopard were once found on Lion’s Head, however, the last lion on Lion’s Head was shot in 1802 and the last leopard was killed in the 1820’s.

It once snowed on Lion’s Head


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During the winter of 1878, the records show that a blanket of snow fell on Lion’s Head.

It was once known as ‘King James His Mount’


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In an attempt from the English to ward of the Dutch’s interest in occupying Table Bay, they named Lion’s Head ‘King James His Mount’. This never played much of a factor to the Dutch, as they later coined it Leeuwen Kop.