Signal Hill & Noon Gun

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Cape Town , South Africa
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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.