Signal Hill

Signal Hill, which connects Kloof Nek to Lionís Head, in the distinctive shape of a lionís rump, is one of the most famous spots in Cape Town for sundowners

Western Cape Tourist AttractionsThe Signal Hill

Signal Hill, which connects Kloof Nek to Lionís Head, in the distinctive shape of a lionís rump, is one of the most famous spots in Cape Town for sundowners.

Where? Signal Hill separates the City Bowl from the suburb of Sea Point

When? Daylight hours.

How? Call +27 (0)21 487-6800

Overnight? See Sea Point accommodation, in Atlantic Seaboard

Views from the 350m high summit are nothing short of spectacular, particularly at night, and picnic dinners with accompanying drinks is something of a capital pastime.

In the evenings Signal Hill is a little like Ďlovers laneí - popular with couples who are up there to enjoy the lights and the romance of the Table Mountain backdrop, particularly during summer when Table Mountain is lit at night.

Signal Hill separates the City Bowl from the suburb of Sea Point, and its name is indicative of its function as the site for the noon gun, which is fired every day, a little lower than the viewpoint on Signal Hill, at Lion Battery.

Table Mountain National Park stretches all the way from Cape Point to Signal Hill - in a sense it marks the boundary of the park and, in the past, flags were hoisted here to let Capetonians know that a ship was approaching the harbour.

South Africaís Astronomical Observatory makes its crescent moon observations from here, as itís an excellent place for spotting the most difficult crescents.

Reaching the viewpoint is as easy as driving up Kloof Nek Road from the city and then taking a right at the top of the hill. A couple of kramats, or sacred shrines, lie on Signal Hill and, during the day, this is a popular launch site for model aeroplanes and paragliders.

From Signal Hill you can also go on and walk up Lionís Head, a popular mountain walk that is particularly beautiful to do when there is a full moon.

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Did you know?

At noon every day a gun is fired from Signal Hill, which forms the body of Lionís Head mountain (just next to it). Signal Hill provides some incredible views out over the harbour, city and the Atlantic Ocean.

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