While on holiday in the Western Cape of South Africa my brother and I took a day trip driving down the coast through Chapman’s Peak to Hout bay.
We drove down the coast from Stellenbosch up to Fishoek and from there across the peninsula, through Chapman’s Peak all the way to Hout Bay. We got to drive next to the Indian Ocean on the south and next to the Atlantic on the west as we headed back up to Cape Town.
The drive down the coast was absolutely fabulous and filled with breathtaking scenery. We drove along the sweeping sandy beaches that are perfect for swimming and sunbathing near Fishoek. Fishoek is situated in a bay at the end of a broad, low valley, which runs from east to west across the Cape Peninsula.
The best or actually most stunning part of the drive was driving through Chapman’s Peak. It is a mountain on the western side of the Cape Peninsula, about 15 km south of Cape Town, South Africa.
Chapman’s Peak Drive winds it way between Noordhoek and Hout Bay and is one of the most spectacular marine drives in the world. I was very excited that we were actually getting the chance to do this drive and had my camera ready to try and capture the spectacular scenery. This road hugs the near-vertical face of the mountain and was hacked out of the face of the mountain between 1915 and 1922. As we drove it felt like a small mistake could send us tumbling over these cliffs and into the ocean far down below.
Chapman’s Peak Drive is a must for anyone who is passionate about the majestic Cape Town scenery. The sheer drops to the sea below and towering mountains rising above you makes the drive quite exciting. The twists and curves in the road seem endless and it is a photographers dream, I read that this 9km route has 114 curves. It is a paradise for motorists, sightseers, picnickers, runners, hikers and bikers. There were loads of people peddling up the peak and unfortunately my brother doesn’t have lost of love for cyclists. The road is quite narrow so we had to be careful when passing these cyclists who for some unknown reason irritated my brother and I was quite relieved when we got to the bottom and could leave them behind.
We made a couple of stops along the drive at the designated view points. The drive offered stunning 180° views of the area which I would have loved to capture on camera.
Our last stop on our Day trip was at Hout bay for lunch. Hout Bay (Afrikaans: Houtbaai, from Afrikaans for “Wood Bay”) is the name of a coastal suburb of Cape Town. It looks very peaceful and quiet here, more like a holiday town.
We visited the harbour were we had spectacular views of the bay and boats. My brother and I went to the Wharf side Grill Restaurant in Mariner’s Wharf for lunch. It is regarded as one of Africa’s best seafood restaurants. We enjoyed the spectacular views it offered over the bay while eating the loveliest oysters ever!!
It was a stunning day spent exploring South-Africa’s beautiful coast.