About Signal Hill

Forming the ‘lion’s rump’ for the adjacent Lion’s Head, Signal Hill is a prominent attraction from which the historic Noon Gun is fired at midday.

Most people make their way there for the spectacular views across the Cape Town harbour, city and Atlantic Ocean. The family-friendly picnic spots are popular with locals and visitors alike in all seasons.

On summer evenings Signal Hill becomes a ‘lover’s lane’ with couples admiring the city lights and the romance of the floodlit background of Table Mountain.

The site got its name from the practice of using signal flags to communicate with ships in the bay, and later the famous Noon Gun. The two cannons were brought to Signal Hill in 1902, serving as time signals for ships at anchor.

Watch the daily firing of the gun, or bring a picnic and find a spot looking out over the Atlantic Ocean near the parking lot. You could also head down into the Bo-Kaap for a meal at The Noon Gun Tea Room in Longmarket Street.

Photo: Lion's Head and Signal Hill – next on the 'to do' list after Table Mountain and Robben Island

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Accommodation near Signal Hill

Signal Hill Lodge

3 Reviews
Sleeps 28 in 17 rooms

Signal Hill Lodge is ideally located amidst the slopes of the Signal Hill Nature Reserve and offers quality guest house accommodation. The...
from R490
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Cape Town Lodge Hotel

23 Reviews
Sleeps 186 in 103 rooms

Adjoining the central business district, it is the ideal location for business or leisure travelers. This hotel offers facilities of...
from R1590
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Mountain Magic Garden Suites

4 Reviews
Sleeps 12 in 3 rooms

Winner of the South African Tourism Welcome Award National Best Self-catering 2008 award, The...
from R1100
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Rose Lodge

16 Reviews
Sleeps 18 in 9 rooms

Rose Lodge and 22 on Rose are located in Rose Street, and Wale Lodge is five minutes away in Wale Street. They are three small, cosy guest...
from R850
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Happy Rhino Hotel

2 Reviews
Sleeps 78 in 52 rooms

A capsule hotel in the heart of Cape Town CBD, Happy Rhino Hotel offers modern, en-suite rooms at affordable prices. Great beds, awesome...
from R500
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Lady Hamilton Hotel

Sleeps 117 in 78 rooms

The Lady Hamilton Hotel was built in the early 1950s, with a distinctly colonial feel and is surrounded by historical buildings. The hotel...
from R950
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Signal Hill Map

Signal Hill is 2km from the centre of City Bowl , the nearest airport 22.4km (Cape Town International Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling