Cape Town, South Africa

Lion’s Head Perimeter

Lion’s Head lies between Table Mountain and Signal Hill. Lion’s Head peak forms part of a dramatic backdrop to the city of Cape Town and is part of the Table Mountain National Park. There is a loop at the base of Lion’s Head that makes for a great run! Find parking along the side of Signal Hill road near the hut at the start of the jeep track, which is only a couple of miles from the city center.

From here, you should see a set of stairs heading up the slope at the right-hand corner of the hut; this is the start of your route. This path winds around the mountain offering 360 degree views of the city bowl, Atlantic seaboard, Table Mountains, Devils Peak, Lion’s Head (of course) and Robben Island. Eventually, the path connects with Kloof Road, where you can run back up to the parking lot. Time this run during sunrise to get beautiful views over the Hottentots Holland or sunset to get views over the Atlantic on the ocean side of the mountain. Note: Several folks we talked to said it is not recommended to run this alone, especially women! Stay safe by running in groups.


  • 3.1 mile loop
  • 500 feet
  • Signal Hill Road