Don’t limit your challenges, challenge your limits.
These words could not have been more true to myself when I decided to hike Lions Head. For the first time ever. EVER.
It’ slightly embarrassing to admit that I have living in Cape Town for more than twenty years but never got over my dislike for hiking, to challenge myself enough to actually reach the top of lions head.
Sure, it’s not a major hike for most active hikers, but for me it went down in my record book of something awesome that I finally accomplished. Almost like that time I finally qualified for my PADI open water diving certificate in the Philippines. Talk about face your fears!
Since returning home from my month long South East Asia backpacking trip, I decided that I need to:
- Do more of what I love right here in South Africa
- See more of Cape Town while I am still here
- Stop limiting myself based on what I think I don’t like
I decided on the spur of the moment to just hike up Lions Head to finally see the stunning view from the top of the mountain that I enviously look at on friends’ Facebook posts. I mean, I knew it would be a bit of a challenge, but that what I aimed to do right? Challenge myself.
I managed to rope my brother in to do it with me, and a good friend decided to jump on the adventure bandwagon on join me too. No backing out now!
Before I even started with the hike, I warned both my brother and friend who are very fit to take it easy and let me walk at a granny pace if need be. They were super patient with me, and the banter along the way made it so much easier to get through the challenging parts of the hike. Spoiler alert for people with acrophobia: there are parts in the hike right at the very top where you need to walk up ladders and climb along metal staples bolted into rock faces. Scary stuff!
As you can only imagine, the view along the way was absolutely magical, and totally worth the hike. The hike only gets better as you go up, and now I can totally understand why people are addicted to hiking. I might even get myself onto the hiking train too, and possibly even buy myself a pair of trail shoes? Who knows, but let’s not push it too far right now, right? Haha.
For anyone visiting Cape Town, hiking Lions Head is an absolute must and the views are spectacular. Even if you can’t make it all the way to the very top (where the ladders and staples are), you can enjoy equally postcard perfect views from lower parts of the mountain.