Signal Hill & Noon Gun
Centre Yoga Meditation
A whole range of yoga styles, including ashtanga and hatha, are offered in the classes at this studio (entrance on Somerset Lane), which...
Set up Cape Town’s first shelter for street children in 1982; runs several programs, including job- creation schemes.
Give thanks to the far-sighted proprietor of Cafe Manhattan since he kick-started the gay quarter a decade or so ago by opening this...
Noon Gun Tearoom & Restaurant
High on Signal Hill, this is a fine place to sample Cape Malay dishes such as bobotie (curried mince pie topped with egg custard),...
Signal Hill & Noon Gun information
off Separating Sea Point from the City Bowl, Signal Hill provides magnificent views from its 350m-high summit, especially at night. Once also known as Lion’s Rump, as it is attached to Lion’s Head by a ‘spine’ of hills, it is officially part of Table Mountain National Park. To reach the summit by road head up Kloof Nek Rd from the city and take the first turn-off to the right at the top of the hill.
Signal Hill was the early settlement’s lookout point, and it was from here that flags were hoisted when a ship was spotted, giving the citizens below time to prepare their goods for sale and dust off their tankards.
At noon, Monday to Saturday, a cannon known as the Noon Gun is fired from the lower slopes of Signal Hill; you can hear it all over town. Traditionally, this allowed the burghers in the town below to check their watches. It’s a stiff walk up here through the Bo-Kaap – take Longmarket St and keep going until it ends. The Noon Gun Tearoom & Restaurant is a good place to catch your breath; a gate behind the restaurant is usually unlocked around 11.30am, beyond which it’s another minute’s walk to where to the canon is fired.