Chapman’s Peak Drive is well known in the Mother City as one of the most picturesque routes. The road runs for approximately 8 km (5.5 miles) between Noordhoek and Hout Bay on Cape Town’s western coast. There’s a magnificent view around every corner, with the majestic mountain looming up on one side and a dizzying drop to the expansive ocean on the other.
Chapman’s Peak, or better known to locals as Chappies, was closed down for many years because of landslides. The road was then reopened in 2005 after successfully preventing rubble and loose boulders from falling on to the road. To conserve the road, drivers have to pay a small toll fee.
- Noordhoek – nestled at the southern end of Chapman’s Peak Drive, is an artistic and vibrant village community. Horse riding on the beach is one of the most popular activities in this area. The Noordhoek Farm Village is also another popular destination for dining, entertainment, and shopping.
- Cape Point Route – is an area of interesting seaside towns with tons of attractions and fun activities. It is full of natural beauty, which attracts many visitors from around the world. There are day tours available that take you around the peninsula, so you can explore the white sandy beaches and stunning blue water.
- Hout Bay – lies on the northern side of Chapman’s Peak Drive. Hout Bay is surrounded by gorgeous mountains with a picturesque view of the Atlantic Ocean. It has a wide selection of art and antique shops, restaurants, craft stalls, and more. You can also find many accommodation options , weekend markets, and a commercial waterfront. Hout Bay is also has one of the most active fishing harbours in South Africa. Within the harbour, you will find the powerboat and yacht marinas. The bay is one of the safest locations along the coast for sailing and water sports.
How to Get There
Depending on traffic, Chapman’s Peak Drive is a 30 to 40-minute drive from the center of Cape Town. You can travel along Victoria road from Camps Bay, through Hout Bay. Or you can travel over Ou Kaapse Weg and start from the Noordhoek side towards Hout Bay. There are guided tours of the area available.
When is the Best Time to go?
A sunny, clear day is the best time to meander along Chapman’s Peak Drive. The road is closed when the wind blows too strong, or when it rains too much. Because the road is extremely winding, it can become too dangerous for safe driving during extreme weather conditions.
Things you need to Know
- Toll fee per vehicle is R40, one way
- The road can sometimes be closed down due to severe weather conditions
- There are many designated areas where motorists can safely stop to take in the views.