I have the privilege of co-hosting #TravelChatSA every Wednesday evening from 7pm – 8pm on the Twittersphere where 4 questions are posted every 15 minutes with a bonus question. I was lucky enough to have #CPTBucketList as the topic, enthusiasts all over South Africa took part in the conversation with fantastic suggestions with what they would like to tick off their #CPTBucketList.
I knew that one of my first posts on #CPTBucketList would have to inspire my fellow Capetonians to climb Lions Head. When I saw that @CityOfCapeTown posted that there will be an InstaWalk on Monday, 16 June – I knew that it was the perfect opportunity!
A few brave members of Cape Town’s Instagramming community met at the foot of Lions Head on a cold, misty morning on Youth Day. Shortly after 7am we started the 2195 ft. journey, leading us 669 meters above sea level with the hopes seeing sunrise through the clouds at 7:49.
We made our way up the fairly steep dirt track; luckily we were still able to see the beautiful city lights through the thick mist. The track later turns into a narrow trail which circles around the mountainside before the rocky section which is a steeper climb to the top. Around half way up there is an option to climb the rock face using chains and handles or to take the contour route around. After 45 minutes of brisk walking and many #InstaMoments later we reached the top of Lions Head.
With smiles on our faces, we had reached the summit – it is hard for all Capetonians not to have a patriotic moment with having a 360 degree view of the entire peninsula, with views of Cape Town CBD, Table Bay and the Atlantic Seaboard horizon extending as far as the eye can see. Submerged in the mist, the sunrise made a late but an impressive appearance, peeking is way through the heavy clouds with the rays of sunrise cast over the Mother City.
In true Capetonian fashion, selfies were taken, friends were made and views were captured. My choice of weapon for mass production is without a doubt a GoPro, Hero 3. Watch the time-lapse taken below of the mist passing over clouded Table Mountain taken by Craig Rhodes-Harrison.
We then made our way down, caution had to be observed due to the slippery rocks but otherwise the descent was an easy 30 minutes to the bottom. Due to the fog bank clearing, we were able to see breathtaking views of the Twelve Apostles; Camps Bay; Sea Point and Robben Island.
I strongly encourage the people of Cape Town to get involved in the next #LionsHeadWalk hosted by @CityOfCapeTown. I urge you to add climbing Lions Head to your #CPTBucketList – you won’t be disappointed!