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Chapman’s Peak Drive

Situated on the Atlantic Coast, Chapman’s Peak Drive is one of the most spectacular coastal drives in the world. Running from Noordhoek to Hout Bay, the twisting 9km drive has 114 curves and gives you spectacular 180° views of the Atlantic coastline. It’s located at the south-western tip of South Africa. It's one of the most scenic drives in the world.

The road is asphalted and is part of the M6. It’s necessary to drive slowly and cautiously – all the better to gaze out at the spectacular vistas! Chapman’s Peak Drive was hacked in to the near-vertical face of mountain on the western side of the Cape Peninsula. The route skirts the rocky coastline of Chapman’s Peak (593m), which is the southerly extension of Constantiaberg and is a great hike for the energetically inclined.
It's normal for your palms to sweat looking at those photos, imagine what it must have been like before the barriers. It’s incredibly disorienting to look over the edge, or even just to see the sea a couple thousand feet below you. With 114 curves, flanked by both the towering mountainside and sheer drops into the Atlantic Ocean below, Chapman’s Peak Drive is a nail-biting route passing though a number of picnic spots and whale-watching vantage points that offer respite from the hair-raising drive.

This short road is widely regarded as one of the most scenic stretches of road anywhere in the world and offers stunning 180º views of the western side of the Cape Peninsula. It is widely regarded as one of the most scenic stretches of road anywhere in the world. Its 114 curves means the five miles will require some attentive driving, but with views like this it’s well worth it. This beautiful road overlooks the sea and feels like you’re traveling alongside a mountain’s edge. Its curves means the five miles will require some attentive driving, but with views like this it’s well worth it.
This toll road, was planned in 1915 and it was opened in 1922, regarded as a major feat of engineering. A rockfall in 1990 caused the closure of the road, but it was reopened in 2003. Although the road was closed intermittently for a decade or so due to safety concerns related to rock falls, a thorough civil engineering revamp saw the road reopen in late 2009. Chapman's Peak Drive will now only be closed as a precaution in the event of severe wind or rain.

The road includes some steep sections and the surface is asphalted. Cape Town's Chapman's Peak Drive is all about the scenery. Overlooking Noordhoek and Hout Bay, this rocky coastal roadway offers numerous points at which motorists can safely pull over and savour a panoramic view across the deep-blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the shapely shoreline that meets it. From stunning vantage points, some of which are up to 593m above sea level, it is not uncommon to see whales and dolphins frolicking in the ocean below, and baboon troops curiously observing passing tourists. This is a perfect place from which to take stunning photographs of the Cape.
This incredible road stretches alongside Chapman’s Peak, a mountain located on the western side of the Cape Peninsula, south of Cape Town. 'Chappies' is local speak for Chapman’s Peak Drive, one of Cape Town‘s most famous landmarks. The road was regarded as a major feat of engineering. There are many areas along the route where you can stop and take in the exquisite scenery or sit down for a relaxing picnic. Originally known as the Hout Bay - Noorde Hoek Road, some say it is one of the most spectacular marine drives in the world. Please stick to the rules, they are there for good reason: the maximum speed limit is 40km/h and don’t stop on the yellow lines as the narrow roads can be dangerous otherwise. 


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