Chapman's Peak Drive
Type: Scenic Drive, Picnics, Cycling, Hiking
Time needed: 45 Minute(s) to 3 Hour(s)
Opening TimesOpening dependant on the weather.
Arguably one of the world's most scenic coastal routes, Chapman's Peak Drive was constructed between 1915 and 1922 and is carved out of the rocky mountainside between Hout Bay and Noordhoek. With cliffs falling sharply away to the sea below, the route offers spectacular views out to sea and across Hout Bay towards the Sentinel peak which stands guard at the entrance to the bay. Severe rock falls during Cape winter storms have often led to the road being impassable and closed for safety reasons at times. However, after an extensive engineering project incorporating state-of-the-art safety nets, the road was re-opened in December 2003 after being closed for a number of years. Visitors can now once again enjoy this spectacular route and may stop at one of the look-out points for a picnic or to take photographs. Since it's re-opening a toll is now charged - payable on the Hout Bay side.