Chapman’s Peak Drive on the Atlantic Coast between Hout Bay and Noordhoek in the Cape Peninsula is one of the most spectacular marine drives in the world. Chapman’s Peak Drive is affectionately known as “Chappies” and is a must for anyone who is passionate about the majestic scenery of Cape Town. A firm favorite with local cyclists, the route is know for its stunning vistas of ocean and mountain, lazy winding turns, challenging climbs and fascinating engineering.
Construction began during 1915 and took 7 years to complete and was opened to traffic on Saturday 6 May 1922. Over the years the road has been widened and upgraded with some pretty impressive engineering. Today this 9km route with its 114 curves, skirts Chapman’s Peak, the 593m high southerly extension of Constantia Berg, and follows the rocky coastline to unfold breathtaking views in both directions.
The route starts at the picturesque fishing harbour of Hout Bay on the Atlantic Seaboard and the climb winds steeply up to Chapman’s Point, revealing breathtaking views of the sandy bays down below, until the road reaches lower levels again at Noordhoek in the South Peninsula. The route can be cycled in either direction (or both) and can be extended to connect to popular cycle routes along the Atlantic Seaboard.
Chapman’s Peak and the surrounding areas offer local and foreign visitors a myriad of things to do. Look out for some popular bicycle friendly cafes where you can refuel with delicious farm food and coffee.