In our last South African update, we showed you the beautiful stop that we made in Simon’s Town. After a cup of coffee at Bertha’s Restaurant on the Town Pier, we got back on the road and drove to Kommetjie. There we got to touch, and sit on, some camels. Eli had the biggest grin on his face. In this post, we present to you one of the most beautiful drives in the Cape!
Chapman’s Peak is the name of a mountain on the western side of the Cape Peninsula, about 15 kilometres south of Cape Town, South Arica. It is opposite the inlet on which the town of Hout Bay is centred. The western flank of the mountain falls sharply for hundreds of kilometres into the Atlantic Ocean. A spectacular road, known as Chapman’s Peak Drive, hugs the near-vertical face of the mountain from Hout Bay to Noordhoek. This road is part of the route of two of South Africa’s biggest mass-Participation races, the Cape Argus Cycle Race and the Two Oceans Marathon. I would absolutely LOVE to participate in this 56 km Ultra-marathon, but it takes place in during the Easter weekend every year, and we have always visited Cape Town somewhere between December and March. Perhaps one day I will have an opportunity to accomplish this goal of mine. Check out this incredible race here: Two Oceans Marathon.
Above, the rock shelters on Chapman’s Peak Drive. Chapman’s peak was closed in the 1990’s, after a rockfall caused a death and a subsequent lawsuit, and later reopened after being re-engineered to protect motorists from falling rocks.
The most amazing part of this coastal road is the view of the ocean and the mountains. It is absolutely breathtaking. Of course, for those who get carsick – like me – this winding road causes quite a bit if discomfort while trying take pictures as the car continues to move around the bends in the road. My father pulled into one of the picnic spots along the side of the road, and we all climbed out to admire the view and take some pictures. I don’t have any old pictures on hand now, but I have picnicked here many times. I simply love this spot, so I was thrilled to be there with husband and our baby boy!
At a later stage, I will upload some of the pictures I have of the sunset pictures that I have taken at this spot. As you can imagine, they are spectacular! Even more amazing than those memories are the ones that I now have of Justin and Elijah here…
After some time playing on the grass and taking pictures, we got back into the car to continue along this beautiful coastal drive. I am so happy that we got to stop here because this road was closed last time we visited.
How to keep the boys, big and small, entertained…
A nice large piece of biltong to chew on while mommy continues to nauseate herself further by leaning out of the window to take more pictures. I can’t let a little bit of nausea stop us getting photos of this wonderful drive!
Next stop on our one day road trip around the Cape: Hout Bay
We were very surprised that we did not see one single baboon on this journey. We drove all day and saw numerous signs, but there we NO BABOONS anywhere. The strange part is that we’ve never taken this road and NOT seen tons of monkeys all along the way. After hearing all of my wild and wacky monkey stories, Justin was very eager to finally see these baboons himself, but alas, there were none out on this day. We were shocked!
More on the other stops along our Cape coastal road trip coming soon.
If you’ve missed the previous posts that we did on this trip, you can view them here:
Simon’s Town // Kommetjie