Lion’s Head: Last Day In South Africa

Lion's Head Hike: Cape Town, South Africa

View of Table Mountain from the top of Lion’s Head
It’s hard to believe that a little more than a year ago I was settling into my new South African home. While I’ve recapped almost all of my time there, there are still two posts that I want to share: my last day in South Africa and our concerns about safety. The latter post requires a lot of thought and care so I plan on taking my time writing it.

Lion’s Head Hike

We woke up early on our last day in Cape Town. Our bags were packed and the apartment/cottage/shack/room was cleaned. We called a taxi and headed up to Lion’s Head before it got too hot. Lion’s Head is a big peak in Cape Town, shaped like a sphinx, that is overshadowed by Table Mountain. Since the peak offers incredible views of the city we decided that it was the perfect activity for our last day.

Lion's Head: Cape Town, South Africa

A view of Lion’s Head while hiking up
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Table Mountain from the hike<

Overall the hike was moderately difficult and included areas were we had to climb up some rocks (with the use of chains and metal hoops). Scrambling over rocks is terrifying for me but I had a feeling that the view would be worth it. And it was.

Lion's Head Hike: Cape Town, South Africa (2)

So much fog at the top of Lion’s Head
Lion's Head Hike: Cape Town, South Africa

Last South African selfie
I can’t think of a better way to spend our last few hours in Cape Town, South Africa.

[linked with Travel Tuesday with Bonnie & Megan].

Hiking Tolkien’s Forests

While Away With The Fairies was a fabulous experience, the highlight of any trip to Hogsback is the amazing indigenous forest packed with waterfalls.

Hogsback, South Africa

How incredibly beautiful is this waterfall? This was one of three waterfalls that we saw on how four hour hike through the Hogsback forest. The hike started at the back of the Away With The Fairies property, so we were able to start fairly early before it got too warm. Since the two dogs on the property love going for hikes, we took them along as our guides through the forest.

Hogsback, South Africa

Overall the most of the hike was fairly easy but incredibly gorgeous. The only rough bit was the hike up to one of the waterfalls … this sign should have tipped me off:

Hogsback, South Africa

The 20 minute rock scrabble was a nice little surprise but worth it. From the moment I stepped into the forest I felt as though I understood how it inspired some of Tolkien’s greatest works. From giant 800 year old trees being preserved deep within the forest to the tiniest little snails on the forest floor and cute monkeys hopping around the tree tops, the whole forest is filled with beautiful life.

Hogsback, South Africa

Hogsback, South Africa

Hogsback, South Africa

Hogsback, South Africa

This was one of the most beautiful hikes I’ve ever been on. It was really as if I had been transported over to Middle Earth and was hiking around Rivendell (too nerdy?).

Have you ever been on a hike or trip that made you feel like you were transported to another world?

[linked with Travel Tuesday with Bonnie & Megan].

Grand Canyon – South Kaibab Trail

check out my other Grand Canyon post

My favorite part of the trip was our hike on the South Kaibab Trail. The word Kaibab is a Paiute Indian word that means “mountain lying down”, or upside-down mountain. And as we climbed deeper into the canyon it was clear to see that the trail is appropriately named. While looking out over the ridge of the canyon was beautiful, it was absolutely incredible to actually walk down into the canyon.

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