Clarence Drive

Driving the scenic Clarence Drive in South Africa

Clarence Drive is the name of a very scenic coastal road in the south of South Africa. It was built by Italian prisoners in the 1940’s.

Where is Clarence Drive in South Africa? 

The scenic tourist route is located on the east coast of False Bay, in the Overberg region of the Western Cape province, in South Africa. It’s only about 60 km away of Cape Town. 

How long is the scenic Clarence Drive in South Africa? 

The road, R44, is totally paved. It’s 22.2km (13.79 miles) long running south-north from Rooi-Els to the naval town of Gordon's Bay. It’s also known as Clarens Drive. 

When was Clarence Drive in South Africa built? 

The road, flanked by towering mountains, was built by 63.000 Italian prisoners of war during World War II. It’s named after Jack Clarence, one of three men to buy the land in the area. 

Is Clarence Drive in South Africa challenging? 

The drive is pretty defiant, with 77 bends, and a couple of sharp corners. Risk of rockfalls and mudslides after heavy rains. Overtaking is fairly limited. Most of the drive is done at 60 km/h or below. The road is open year round. 

Is Clarence Drive in South Africa worth it?

The picturesque drive is pretty busy in summer holidays. It offers stunning coastal views of False Bay, along the magnificent coastline, Table Mountain and parts of the Cape Peninsula. Along the way you can spot whales (in the season), jackass penguins and dolphins.

Road suggested by: jorge manuel gómez sánchez



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