Next we drove through Hout Bay to the Bay Market which has arts and crafts and lots of eateries. We went over to the fisherman wharf side later and found a fish restaurant for lunch and enjoyed the beach view while eating.We continued to enjoy the views north along the coast as we approached the south side of Table Mountain and Lions Head. We went to the Lions Head and Signal Hill road where we got our first view of Cape Town and a proper view of Table Mountain as well. We then drove on up to Signal Hill for wider views of the area. The picture here shows a panorama of Cape Town and Table Mountain from the road. Gina and I were itching to hike to the top of Lions Head (our trail is from lower center going up to the right). A 2+ hour walk up and back with some climbing required. Paul and Karen both have trouble with climbing, so they kindly offered to wait for us in the car. Lions Head is almost as tall as Table Mountain, but with spectacular views of the city and coastline as well as Table Mountain. Gina later said the views were better than Table Mountain. We took the trail from the ridge towards Signal Hill and through the NW side of Lions Head which recently had a fire. We took a lot of photos on the way up.
After a short break on the shady side, we began the final stage which involved some climbing – but they have ladders, handles and chains available for safety. We were pretty tired by the time we reached the very top, but were so excited by the views we were distracted. I immediately climbed a pedestal rock that is the highest point and took the first of several 360 panoramas from there. The photo below is one of the better wide-angle panoramas. We spent a while taking photos in every direction and enjoying the views. But, soon left to begin the hike down to return to our spouses.
After our faster walk back downhill, we started in the car back towards Simons Town. We took a slightly more direct path back with fewer scenic views and were back in time for happy hour at the yacht club. A fantastic day!
Check out a small sample of the many awesome photos we took during the day. Later I will post links to the six 360 panoramas. It took two days to process the photos, which is why this post didn’t go out sooner. You can definitey see why Cape Town is a very popular place to visit!
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