“Chappies” is Cape Town’s wiggly-squiggly scenic bonanza-drive, twirling its magnificent path against towering mountain peaks, with vast views and sheer drops from sandstone cliffs to the sea. Whether you’re a car-contained sightseer, a jogger, hiker or biker, Chapmans Peak Drive is 9km of pure visual tonic.
Starting in 1915, it took seven years to complete this amazing road – a huge engineering triumph – snaking a route between Noordhoek and Hout Bay. There are wonderfully scenic picnic spots along the route, so have some snack-goodies packed, but keep an eye peeled for baboons who quite often make an appearance. There are viewing points to get pictures, or simply to have a leg-stretch and deep-breathe the incredible vistas.
At both ends of the route, there is much of beauty. On one side, at Noordhoek, milk-white Long Beach stretches out for 8km. It’s an exquisite beach for walking and horse riding. The Noordhoek Farm Village, canopied under huge oaks, offers restaurants, and appealing art and craft shops. At the other end of Chappies, pretty Hout Bay basks contentedly around the buzz of the harbour and a popular strip of beach and wetland.
Chappies is a definite must for your Cape Town holiday. The normal road tariff is R33 for a light motor vehicle. Since the road is sometimes closed for safety reasons, check whether it’s open before going (021 791 8222).
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