Lion's Head is a mountain in Cape Town, South Africa, between Table Mountain and Signal Hill. Lion's Head peaks at 669 metres (2,195 ft) above sea level. The peak forms part of a dramatic backdrop to the city of Cape Town on one side, continuing around the other side to the more affluent suburbs of Fresnaye, Bantry bay, Clifton and Camps bay.
The suburbs of the city surround the peak and Signal Hill on almost all sides, but strict management by city authorities has kept development of housing off the higher ground.
The area is significant to the Cape Malay community, who historically lived in the Bo-Kaap quarter close to Lion's Head.
There are a number of historic graves and shrines of Malay leaders on the lower slopes and on Signal Hill.
New 7 Wonders of Nature
Table Mountain might be one of the "New 7 Wonders of Nature", but its wonders are not new to Capetonians, who have been enjoying the majestic mountain’s unique beauty for centuries.
The mountain took the accolade for many reasons other than its iconic beauty. More than 1500 plant species, and numerous fauna species, are contained in the unique Table Mountain National Park. Its forested lower slopes with clear mountain streams and scenic paths offer an instant escape from city life:
Tranquil walking trails, adventure play in nature for kids, cycling routes in conservancy areas such as Tokai Forest, and leafy picnic areas in Newlands Forest.
A trip up Table Mountain is a must-do for every visitor to Cape Town. Views at the top are superb, and you can also follow one of the marked one-hour walking routes on the “table top”, before heading to Table Mountain Café for a buffet breakfast or snack lunch.