Chapman's Peak Drive

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6km from Hout Bay

-34.0776, 18.3572

 

+27 21 791 8222 www.chapmanspeakdrive.co.za

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Chapman’s Peak is an iconic drive that connects Noordhoek and Hout Bay. Situated on the Atlantic Coast side of Cape Town, it ranks among the most spectacular marine drives in the world.

The 9km route has 114 curves that skirt the rocky coastline of Chapman's Peak, the 593m high southerly extension of Constantia Berg. The drive offers stunning 180° views of the sandy beaches and aquamarine seascapes below, with a number of stops where you can enjoy the scenery, take some great photos or have a picnic. This world-famous drive is now part of the route of two of South Africa's biggest mass-participation races - the Cape Argus Cycle Race and the Two Oceans Marathon.

You can also explore the area on foot, with a hike up Chapman’s Peak and through Silvermine Nature Reserve and the Table Mountain National Park.

The road was initially constructed during World War I. It was cleverly planned - the road surface is based on the solid 630-million year old Cape granite contour, while the many roadside cuttings were carved out of the more workable sediments. The first portion of the road was opened in 1919 and has undergone additional work to maintain safety standards over the years.

Chapman’s Peak Drive is operated as a toll road and is sometimes closed to traffic for safety reasons, so it’s best to call +27 (0)21 791 8222 before attempting your journey.

Address: Chapman’s Peak Drive connects Noordhoek and Hout Bay