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Drive up Signal Hill

Signal Hill (aka Lion’s Rump) is a landmark flat-topped hill located in Cape Town, next to Lion’s Head and Table Mountain.

Historically, signal flags were used to communicate weather warnings as well as anchoring instructions to visiting ships in order to ensure that they prepared adequately for stormy weather while in the bay.

Locally, it is known for the Noon Gun that is operated there by the South African Navy and South African Astronomical Observatory. Historically that gun signaled to another gun and that one to another one… all along the way notifying people on farms inland that there was a ship coming into the bay which perhaps could bring trade and buy items etc.

There is a road to the summit and that vantage point provides spectacular views over Cape Town and surroundings, especially at dawn or sunset. Along Signal Hill Road one can also find the Appleton Scout Campsite owned and operated by the South African Scout Association.

In the image below the peak to the left is “Lion’s Peak” and Signal Hill extends down and away towards the Table Bay.

Lion's Head and Signal Hill viewed from Table Mountain


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