The City of Cape Town and its surrounding areas provides us with a plethora of attractions and activities to indulge in. Among these many gems is the world renowned Chapman’s Peak drive, a long winding road minutes away from Cape Town, which is blessed with multiple breathtaking scenery of beaches, the ocean and coastal towns.
Chapman's Peak Drive, one of Cape Town's most famous landmarks en route between Noordhoek and Hout Bay. Photo by Wiehahn Diederichs
The Chapman’s Peak route is a 9 km drive that stretches from Noordhoek to Houtbay. On one side you will see the Constantia berg mountain, which is a majestic blend of rock formations and green nature. On the other side you will be treated to a stunning view of the Atlantic Ocean, stretching stretches far beyond the horizon.
The Chapman’s Peak drive is a slow paced one. You will pass through 114 curves before you get to the end and most of them are extremely sharp. This means that the driver probably won't have much time to take in most of the views because he will have to keep a close eye on the road.
Fortunately, you will find several look-out points along the way where you can park and take in the view, snap a photograph and even have a picnic (there are over 40 spots to choose from). And if you make it at the right time, you will see one of the world’s most magical sunsets.
Even though the Chapman’s Peak drive is all about the view, there is much more stuff to do along the way. If you are a hiking enthusiast and like getting a bit closer to nature, you can visit the Silvermine Nature Reserve or the Cape Peninsula National Park and experience the wonderful natural beauty of Cape Town up close.
Depending on which way you're coming from you can end your drive at either Houtbay or Noordhoek, both of which are popular attractions for both locals and tourists alike. Here you can wander through loads of creatively unique shops and eat at a massive range of restaurants.
Chapman’s Peak is truly a gem of Cape Town and South Africa. It is regularly referred to as “the world’s greatest marine drive” and once you take it, you will undoubtedly agree. If you're ever in Cape Town, do yourself a favour and don't miss this drive.