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Activities on and near Signal Hill

Signal Hill is a well-known landmark in Cape Town, a place where many tourists as well as locals enjoy sundowners on a beautiful evening. Not only is it a wonderful place to watch the sunset, but the views all around are fantastic. As the sun sinks the cities lights start to shine, giving a different view of Cape Town at night. During the summer months Table Mountain is lit up putting a spot light on this beautiful iconic landmark. On one side of the Hill you can see the Harbour and Robben Island and on the other side, the city spread out and Table Mountain. There is a huge assortment of backpackers in Cape Town where you can find fantastic yet affordable accomodation.

You can find the now affluent suburb of Sea Point on the one side while the city bowl is enfolded on the other side of Signal Hill. The name represents what Signal Hill is famous for, the shooting of the noon day gun, every day it goes off at 12:00. Visit and learn all about the noon gun firing at the Lion’s Battery just a little ways form the Signal Hill lookout point. During Cape Town’s interesting History, Signal Hill was used for a similar purpose, to signal, with a flag, to the rest of Cape Town that there was a ship coming into the harbour. The beautiful Table Mountain National Park starts at Cape Point and extends all the way through to Signal Hill; here you will find the most diverse variety of indigenous plant life in the country.

Getting to the viewpoint on Signal Hill is easy; all you have to do is, from the city, take the Kloof Nek Road up and to turn right into Signal Hill Road. Anybody who wishes a little bit of exercise can also take a hike up Lion’s head from this point. One of the favourite activities for many is the popular walk up Lion’s Head when there is a full moon.

Signal Hill is a popular location for the launching of model aeroplanes as well as the adventure sport of paragliding. Gliding down from Signal Hill is an exciting experience, providing spectacular views of Table Bay, Robben Island and surrounding areas. Take one of the many tours on offer that include Signal Hill and the rest of Cape Town, let the guides share their knowledge with you. Learn and do things that you might not have done if you were sightseeing on your own, making the experience that much more interesting.

You will have plenty to do in places around Signal Hill, from visiting the city centre itself to doing some shopping at the V&A Waterfront. Traveling a bit further on you can enjoy some outdoor putt- putt in Mouille Point or visit the Green Point Lighthouse.  Don’t stop now, go a bit further to relax and have some fun on the beach. Camps Bay and Clifton have some of the best and beautiful beaches in the world. On your way back stop off at ‘Crumbs and Cream’ for an ice cream taste sensation to top off the day.

Don’t know where to stay in Cape Town? Why not try the Ashanti Guest House in Gardens. Not only is it central and affordable, they offer excellent service. Stay in a beautiful Victorian style building with its wrap around porch, which offers guests free Wi-Fi in each room. The Guest house is located close to a variety of restaurants found all along the well-known Kloof Road. Ashanti also have a Backpackers Lodge located in the same area just around the corner from their Guest House. Enjoy your stay in a Victorian Mansion with access to all their great facilities.