The subject of many a cinematic production and for some simply a route to work, this is a road that climbs steadily from the harbour of Hout Bay, skirting 114 curves of Chapman’s Peak to follow the rocky coastline to Noordhoek along some truly magnificent vistas of the ocean and rocks below.
The combination of steep, almost thrilling rocky inclines, shimmering blue waters and expansive skies simply take the breath away and to compensate for this, there are a number of rest areas en route where one can simply stop and drink in the views.
The road’s closures do occur after fires, rock falls or on the odd occasion during a film shoot which to be fair is not surprising. Its iconic views and natural beauty have drawn film makers and film enthusiasts for years. The upgrading of Chapman’s Peak Drive has gone on to win international acclaim as one of the most innovative road engineering projects, beating another eight international projects to win the 2004 civil engineering award for road design.
Chapman’s Peak Drive also offers superb hiking experiences up the peak, through Silvermine Nature Reserve and Table Mountain National Park and some unlikely whale watching spots.
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