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Take a Hike

Updated: Sep 1, 2023


South Africa brings to mind safari tents, the Big Five and waking to the sounds of lions chuffing to greet the day. I always immediately think of the wine regions of Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Constantia. But in reality, there is a whole other world awaiting.

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My first experience with him was hiking through the mountains in Sundance, Utah when he climbed a rock face waterfall to put up a banner. And yes, there was still snow on the mountains. This time in Cape Town I opted for a sunrise hike. Get out of bed and see your world in a new light! How tough could it be, breakfast was waiting on top, and we had 2.5 hours to accomplish this short 3-mile climb before getting back to morning meetings!


Lion’s Head is a stunning and unique mountain located between Table Mountain and Signal Hill in the dramatic skyline of Cape Town and is part of Table Mountain National Park. This is just a hike, not like scaling the front side of Table Mountain. Towering over Cape Town and offering some very popular trails is one of Cape Town’s greatest icons – Lion’s Head. A hike up this mountain is an absolute must for visitors and locals alike, but there are a few things you need to know before you conquer the beast. Remember that phrase, it is a beast!


Because of its sweeping panoramic vistas of Table Mountain, the Twelve Apostles & the entire Atlantic Seaboard, Lion’s Head at 2,200 feet is an incredibly picturesque hike with epic views. Especially starting in the dark, the lights sparkling below and the horizon with a new ting of pink. It is perfectly situated for sunrise and sunset but remember either way it will be dark for a portion, so bring a headlamp. This trek is only rated moderate in difficulty, making it a great option. Or so I thought.


I had no idea that Bear Grylls, the well-known adventurer and motivational speaker, recently climbed Lion’s Head in Cape Town with a member of his team, Adam Hassan just two weeks before me. He said, “the climb up Lion’s Head serves as a reminder that life is a climb, and we must keep pushing forward, never giving up, even when faced with challenges.” With perseverance, composure, and a spirit of adventure, we can overcome any obstacle and reach the summit of our goals. So, let’s take inspiration from Bear Grylls’ climb and keep climbing, one step at a time, towards our own personal peaks.


I have to say it felt good to hear his voice in the video post sound a touch winded…. Because I was definitely winded, even taking a few more minutes rest to continue my climb. It was the rock scrambling that got me. Yelp! It reminded me that there is a lot more Stairmaster floors in my future if I want to face more mountains. I keep hearing Julie Andrews sing Climb Every Mountain in my head!



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