Signal Hill – Cape Town
Signal Hill Ã¢â¬â Cape Town, South Africa One of the most famous go to spots for tourists and locals alike in Cape Town is the Signal Hill. The spectacular views from this location are the main attraction. Thankfully the Hill has ample parking space provided and the view point is spacious. At some point the hill was called the Lion's Rump as it sits adjacent to the Lions head as you climb up Table Mountain.
It is a perfect place for sundowners as it idea for dusk bike rides a walks but more so for the spectacular views. The proximity of the hill is such that you are far enough to get a wide view of the city below but close enough to get some detail. At 12:00 noon every day you will hear the echoing sound of an age old gun booming as the Noon Day gun fired off the Hill. This old style canon is the archaic signal for the lunchtime break that has stood the test of time. It is a lovely spectacle to see but it is not for the faint hearted. To be safe it is best to view it any time other that at high noon.
This picturesque woodland peak is great for hiking and cycling. Signal Hill is one of the only places in the world where you can get to see the Peninsula Shale Renosterveld vegetation. This vegetation is on the brink of depletion world over. You can also access the Table Mountain's Lion Head if you climb further up the hill but you can go no further as the cable cars that take you to the summit of Table Mountain are on the other side of town Signal Hill is windy by nature and this makes it ideal for kite flying or taking your model aeroplane for a spin. If you are like me though, you would want to have your own wings and there is no better way to do that than to paraglide off the Signal's scenic peak and feel the wind beneath your wings as you glide over the cityscape.