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Chapman's Peak

15 kilometres south of Cape Town is the Chapman's Peak, a mountain which its western side in some places falls right down and disappears into the Atlantic Ocean. Chapman's Peak is named after John Chapman from the ship Concent which was sent out in 1607 with a rowboat to see if there were supplies to find for the crew.

It is here where work was done between 1915 and 1922 with a beautiful piece of architecture and so the spectacular coastal road of the Chapman's Peak Drive came. Driving along the western side of the Peninsula the road winds from the picturesque fishing village of Hout Bay to Noordhoek. It is a route that is one of the most spectacular coastal roads in the world. Chapman's Peak drive has the two most important races held in Cape Town. Participants of The Cape Argus cycle race (March) and the Two Oceans Marathon (Easter) each year with the challenge with the mountain and its encircling wind, because it can blow here!

The route is 9 kilometres long and you will experience on your way 114 turns and is reserved for the fit bike enthusiast and runner, a hiker's paradise, and for the motorist who prefers solid cornering. Along the way, of course, you can enjoy the majestic views of Cape Town, the mountains and the depth of its rocks and waves. Along the way there are plenty of places to stop and this you want to be sure to capture on film. Go picnicking here and always watch out for your food because of the baboons. It could be during whale season that it is not the sea against the boulders but that a fountain of water from the blowhole of a whale is sprayed up!

From Chapman's Peak you can easily hike into the Silvermine reserve and the Table Mountain park and marvel at the beautiful proteas and many other Fynbos and of course the special native trees that grow here. Chapman's Peak Drive has been frequently closed by falling rocks in the past and is then sometimes closed for months. The route is a toll road and to know what the costs are and if the road is passable, you can easily look at the official website. For safety, it was decided that buses are only allowed to drive the route from Timber Bay to Noordhoek.

The Department of Transport and Public Works has announced that sections of Chapman’s Peak Drive will be closed from 23 October until 1 December 2017 for the re-surfacing of the roadway. Road users can expect roadworks, high congestion and delays on Chappies until December.

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