Lion’s Head full moon hike.
You have by now hopefully read our Blog about Table Mountain? If not, take some time and read it now. I will wait. It is a great prequel to our Lion’s Head full moon hike blog you are about to read.
When we ventured up Table Mountain we took the easy route. We hardly walked to the cable car and I even wore a dress. Lion’s Head full moon hike is totally different.
Quick list of things to pack:
- Durable walking shoes. You will need to climb and need good grip!
- Water. There are no little shops on your way up to buy water and no where to refill. Plan ahead!
- Energy bar. Maybe, not essential but tasty.
- Sun screen. It would be tough to have to hike while you feel your skin reddening more and more. You don’t need this in your life.
- Torches. For if you decide to go later at night. The moon is bright enough to guide you, but lamps will be safer for those nooks and crannies out of the moons reach.
- Light Jacket. The wind gets very cold and very strong. In the height of summer it is not needed, but our hike in March had a few cold drafts chill us.
- Anything else you think you might need. For example, having a Picnic up on the mountain.
However, do remember it is a hike and if you pack so much, it is so much weight you will have to carry too.
Lastly, before I get to the description of our hike, I would like to recommend Uber here. There is parking, but on a busy day you might have to park far away from the hike’s start. Lion’s Head full moon hike is very busy. Uber is cheap and you can split the costs with your fellow hikers.
Lion’s Head: a different experience.
We did not take the easy way out. In fact, we even did a 5km fun run, and then a wine tasting, before we decided to hike up to see the full moon on Lion’s Head. South Africa has fun runs all over the place that start at 8am every Saturday. Crazy fit people. The full moon hike up Lion’s Head is one of the most popular times for tourists and locals alike. This is because the moon illuminates your walk and you can’t help but feel ethereal. I mean, when the moon is the light that guides you, it’s pretty epic, right?
We decided to head up a little earlier so to miss the traffic (as suggested by locals). This did not mean we would miss the sunset and full moon. It meant that we would see the sunset as we hike back down, and see the moon sparkle over the sea. This was such good advice. As we made our decent we had to wait for a stream of people to climb up first. Human traffic, just as bad as car traffic.
I will have to admit, this hike was not a glamorous hike, like one from Lady Gaga. In my defence we first walked down to the closest toilets and back up again, which was a hike in itself. Not to mention everything else we did during this day. It is great to pack your day full of adventure and activities. But a fun run, wine tasting and hike in one day, woah! In hindsight, we could have made better life decisions. That being said, this hike was wonderful!
At one point I had to sit down and take a breather. Sun beating down on my face and wishing I had an ice cold drink, I mastered up the courage to hike on. This as well as having Niklas with me, who constantly gave me motivation and asking if he could take pictures of me being so exhausted. Luckily the only pictures that will make it on this post will be ones of how gorgeous the scenery was.
Most of the hike involves walking, however, there are parts where you will need to climb over rocks, and nearing the top there are ladders too. For this reason I mentioned packing torches. Better safe than sorry. All over Lion’s Head there are places to take a break. Natural rock formations perfect to perch and regain your strength. These I tested out as you previously read.
Reaching the (almost) peak.
And let me tell you! It was so stunning when we reached the (almost) peak of Lion’s Head. Full disclosure here, we did not make it to the tip top of the mountain. It involved a lot of climbing and fear of heights is a real problem. At the top you see an amazing panorama landscape of the city and of the sea. Then a humbling feeling engulfs you as you take in something as gorgeous as that view. You feel privileged that you were able to climb the mountain. Although you thought some uncanny things while it seemed like an never ending climb.
The arrival back to our car.
Firstly: Thank you to my sister who lent us her car for the week end!
On our arrival, we knew we had two delicious drinks awaiting us, one a Cream Soda and another a Fanta. Great local flavours! We shared these drinks as we looked over the city from our parking spot. Nothing is better than an ice cold beverage to reward you after an intense workout!