Our first order of business when we arrived in Cape Town was to get above it all for some perspective. A quick hike up Lion's Head was the perfect choice.
We parked our trusty rental car and started up the gradual path, which loops around Lion's Head for 360 degree views of Cape Town, including Table Mountain, Camp's Bay beach, the downtown and the harbor.
Lion's Head peak, which forms part of the dramatic backdrop for the city of Cape Town, is 669m (2,195 ft) above sea level. We took in the views and took a bunch of photos, excited to have made it to the final city on our South African road trip. As we walked around at the top, we heard people speaking many different languages, including French, Chinese, German and Spanish. One group discussed American politics, and we listened to a British guy comparing Bernie Sanders to the head of the UK's Labour Party as we passed by.
Signal Hill - or "Lion's Rump" - is a flat-topped hill next to Lion's Head. It's also a great place to watch the sunset, which we did after descending Lion's Head. All in all, a fantastic first afternoon in the Mother City.