Chapman's Peak Drive is one of the most spectacular coastal roads in South Africa. It starts at the picturesque fishing harbour of Hout Bay and then winds up to Chapman's Point, revealing breathtaking views of the sandy bays down below, until the road reaches sea level again at Noordhoek.
After extensive restoration and fortification works the road was reopened in 2005 as a toll road. However, due to rock slides Chapman's Peak closed again in 2008.
There are numerous parking bays and picnic spots along the road and on the slopes. A hiking trail with beautiful views leads to the Chapman's Peak (3 to 4 hours time needed; take water along).
Built between 1915 and 1922, this stretch was blasted into the partially vertical rock and is a masterpiece of road construction. After heavy rainfalls, particularly in winter, the road had always been closed because of the danger of falling rocks. Boards in Hout Bay and Noordhoek informed the drivers. The road was closed after fatal accidents in 2000.
Top: Chapman's Peak Drive. Bottom: View of Hout Bay. Left: Chapman's Peak Drive at Chapman's Point.
VIDEO: The Chapman's Peak Drive on the Cape Peninsula
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