Chapmans Peak drive is surely one
of the most scenic drives in South Africa. You will
have no better view of Hout Bay and the Sentinel,
and if you are lucky, you might even see whales playing
in the ocean below.
Designed and built by Thomas Bain (an engineer who
was responsible for the construction of a number of
mountain passes in the Western Cape – including
Bainskloof Pass), it cuts into the mountain walls
and winds along near vertical cliffs. There are plenty
of viewpoints, so ensure you have your camera. The
views are majestic and ever changing. Reopened in
December 2003, the drive has been made even better
with more lookout points, and safer. This is truly
a Cape Town icon not to miss.