Chapman's Peak


The Mother’s City most scenic drive


The steep sandstone cliffs of Chapman’s Peak – the southerly extension of the Constantiaberg mountain – plummet down into the cold Atlantic Ocean below, where the waves foam around its beaten edges. Chapman’s Peak Drive clings to the near-vertical face of the mountain, winding its way between Noordhoek and Hout Bay on the Atlantic coast.

Test your endurance by scaling the 593m mountainside onto the surrounding areas of the Silvermine Nature Reserve and Table Mountain National Park. Experience a fynbos wilderness with an abundance of birdlife. Meander along the peak and settle down for a 360 degree view of the Atlantic seaboard, bustling city, and towering Table Mountain. Watch the southern right whales breach the Atlantic Ocean only metres from the shore.

The coastal village of Hout Bay rests in the protective embrace of Chapman’s Peak and Mount Sentinel. Its little harbour is a hub of activity filled with boats of all shapes and colours. The fishing village features glass-bottomed boat charters, a bustling market, and the best fish and chips you can find. Further along are the country suburbs of Noordhoek, with its relaxed lifestyle and farm atmosphere. Its sandy beach merges with the neighbouring village of Kommetjie, where Surfing, nature trails, and horse riding can be enjoyed.

 

Highlights

  • Scenic drive winding its way between Noordhoek and Hout Bay along the near-vertical face of the mountain
  •  Hiking up Chapman’s Peak’s steep cliffs will reward visitors with the fynbos wildernesses of Silvermine Nature Reserve and Table Mountain National Park
  • The southern right whales breach the waters only metres from shore
  • The fishing village of Hout Bay hosts a weekend market, and dishes out the best seafood you can find
  • Noordhoek retains a relaxed lifestyle with leisure nature trails and horse riding on the beach

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