Lion’s Head

lions head

It really does look like a Lion’s Head but only from a certain angle (not this one) and with some imagination.

You could say that Lion’s Head is the mountain of my youth. I used to live just beneath it and looked at it every day. In my angst-ridden teens it was probably all day.

But I have never climbed to the top. I’ve meandered on the lower sections but not very high up. This is shameful. This week I shared on Facebook the most amazing photo, taken by one Brendon Wainwright, taken from inside a cave facing Table Mountain. I didn’t even know there was such a cave – apparently it’s more of an over-hang, according to my friend Frank Gaude, who is an excellent mountain guide. Look at Frank’s Facebook page, he’s also a better photographer than I am.

To cut a long story short, Frank is urging me to go to the cave and has offered to take me. I’m not too sure about this because I’ll huff and puff and embarrass myself. So I promised to think about it and psych myself up. It has, after all, been too long since I did a decent hike. This is part of ‘psyching myself up.’

The photos below are from previous hikes. Here’s the pic I shared on Facebook. Try to ignore the douchebag comments from idiots who insist it’s fake because they haven’t seen it. It’s called Wally’s Cave and I don’t know who Wally is but I will try to find out.

Heather Elephants Eye

This is a cave above Tokai known as Elephant’s Eye. Yes, we like to name our stuff after animals. I did this lovely walk with Heather a few years back and that’s her silhouetted in the cave entrance.

Get jump Noordhoek Peak

This is another friend of mine, Gaetan aka Frenchy, doing some stuntwork on Noordhoek Peak, a walk inside Silvermine (where no silver has ever been found). Silvermine has great hikes and I’m proud to say I’ve done them all.

Hout Bay

This is Hout Bay from the top of Noordhoek Peak. The winding road is Chapman’s Peak Drive, one of the most beautiful coastal drives in the world. I drive it all the time with clients so now I can predict the exact moments when they will gasp in surprised pleasure as we round a bend.

UPDATE: Wally seems to have been quite a man. Read about him here. Thanks for giving me the link, Frank! See? Frank knows stuff.

About Francoise Armour

I run a small touring company (Tours du Cap) at the bottom of Africa, to show visitors the beauty and vibrant culture of the country I have lived in since my parents brought me here from France as a child. I enjoy taking photos and wish I had learnt to do it properly. I enjoy writing but don't do enough of it. I enjoy walking in the mountains that surround me and I marvel over the views and the flowers and the amazing rock formations. I have a small, cute, clever, black dog of indeterminable breed, named Vida, who reminds me regularly that walking and getting out is not only for when tourists want it.

5 responses to “Lion’s Head

  1. Pingback: Goodbye to a hiking inspiration | A pic a day from the Cape

  2. Dave D'Aguiar

    I started an open group on Facebook, look for “Friends of Wally’s Cave on Lion’s Head. Please join and post a pic. Regards Dave

  3. Philippe

    When you decide o do it let me know please as I would really like to do it with you.

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