Signal Hill stands in the backdrop of Cape Town and offers spectacular views over the city and out to sea. Its shape is thought to look like that of a lion’s back when viewed with The Lion’s Head and Table Mountain in one vista. Therefore, it is known locally as the Lion’s Body. The summit stands at 350m and is a popular place to sit with a picnic or drink whilst watching the sun set over Table Mountain and out towards the bay.
The Noon Gun
Signal Hill is so named as traditionally weather warnings were given from here by flag signal to visiting ships in the bay. A gun was fired from Chavonnes Battery three times when a ship was in trouble. Today, the gun is fired daily at noon, except on Sundays, a curious event for tourists who are not in the know, but a great indication that it is time to go and find a nice restaurant or café for lunch. In fact, if you are up on the hill you can dine at The Noon Gun Tearoom and Restaurant.
For the more adventurous, Table Mountain National Park is a natural haven to explore. The three main peaks mentioned above make for some fantastic panoramic views. The Lion’s Head is a popular route, especially in the evenings of a full moon. Table Mountain, which stands at over 1000 metres is accessible by cable car, but you can also walk it, either independently or as part of a guided group. The areas around the city have a wealth of forest and walking trails and is the perfect way to escape the hustle and bustle of busy city life and gain a whole new perspective.
All of this is easily accessible from accommodation at the Radisson Blu Le Vendome Hotel, Cape Town. This hotel is situated in Sea Point and is conveniently placed for exploring the city. Whether you choose to take a higher approach to sightseeing, or stay down at sea level, you will not be left disappointed.