Friday, December 23, 2011

Chapman’s Peak and Noordhoek, Cape Town, South Africa

Chapman’s Peak Drive winds its way between Noordhoek and Hout Bay and is touted as one of the most spectacular marine drives in the world. Chapman’s Peak is the 593m (1 945ft) high southerly extension of the Constantiaberg, and the 9km (5.6mi) long Chapman’s Peak Drive (when open) offers stunning 180-degree views over the Atlantic Ocean. The route below the peak was initially constructed during World War I and traverses 114 curves along the rocky coastline. Starting in picturesque Hout Bay, the road winds steeply up to Chapman’s Peak point – revealing exquisite views of the sandy beaches and aquamarine ocean below – before heading down towards Noordhoek. 

There are viewpoints en route which are ideal for picnics and sundowners, but keep an eye out for cheeky baboons! These appointed rest areas also offer the opportunity to take photographs of the sheer cliffs and breathtaking seascapes.During whale season, you might be lucky enough see southern right whales in the ocean below.

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