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“Truly Stunning.” 5 of 5 stars
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Chapman's Peak Drive
| Between Noordhoek and Hout Bay, South Africa
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Owner description: This 9 km route runs between Houts Bay and Noordhoek.
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“Truly Stunning.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013 via mobile

Wow!!!!!!.. Breath taking scenary that just gets better and better!!!!. Lots of opportunity to take pictures. We saw a whale and Baboons which made the trip even more memorable. A must !!!!

Visited April 2013
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“Don't leave Cape Town without seeing Chapman's Peak, A must!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

It doesn't matter whether you are a backpacker, a businessman or a top range visitor staying at a five star hotel. You must try to do a day trip to Chapman's Peak Drive. Starting from Cape Town, you either hire your own car, or have a limo bring you there if you can afford. Tow interesting ways to get there. One is to drive from cape Town to Camps Bay 'avoid the place for lunch, it expensive and not always that good for what they charged. We experience more disappointments than success by eating there. Chapman's or 'Chapy' called by the locals, is after Camps Bay. But my prefered route is, drive to Constantia and on to Hout Bay, have lunch at the Harbor in Hout Bay but if you can avoid the Fisherman Wharf Fish and Chip, avoid it, it's touristy and the staff not that friendly. Just drive further to the end of the road at the very end, and go to the Fish and Chips there. The food is so much better and cheaper as well. Be very careful if you eat in Hout Bay. It's full of restaurant and small dining places, but most of them are very ordinary and average, but they get away with it, because million of tourist end up visiting Chapman's Peak Drive and get trapped, like all the places in the worlds where tourists go. Remember, you heard it from me first! If I were you, I would buy food and eat it along Chapman's Peak Drive many resting area while looking at nature and the ocean. Who wants to be indoor in a place like South Africa? Anyway, if you do not go all the way to Noordhoek at the very end of Chapman's Peak, the entrance is free! Yes, free. Just ask for a day pass at the gate, you can drive you car to the 'Viewing Point' and admire the beauty of the sereneness from that vantage point. Remember, day pass don't allow you to drive all the way, so park you car at the second checking area, you will see some bevy friendly black young boys asking for your ticket. Just tell them you are not going all the way and you can park your care there, it's 2 minutes walk to the viewing vantage point. It's very safe, don't worry. I suggest you lock your car though. If you are with family, bring some cooked food, you can buy excellent cooked foor at the various Hout Bay supermarkets, The best is Sparr, or the Woolworth, it's so good and often better than the many restaurants in Hout Bay. And, very cheap. Enjoy the many open air resting stations along Chapy. It's the very best way to have an understanding, and feel the Chapman's Peak Grandeur, The engineering work constantly being up grated, you may have to wait for a long queue of cars and tourist buses, especially when the weather is good and during rush hours. Please, do drive carefully, there are sport cyclists, runners, and tourists driving and, not looking when getting out of the resting places car parks. They are many twists and turns, don't just look at the scenery, stop the car if you do want to take optional photos of the view. Be careful driving with children. Good luck!

Visited December 2012
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“Awesome drive but beware of operator ripping you off”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

This is definitely one of Cape Town's most scenic drives, also very popular with cyclist as its part of the Argus Cycle Tour. However the operator has made the operations very complicated. Briefly if you are entering from Hout Bay side(city side) and dont intend driving all the way through to Noordhoek Beach you do not have to pay !!!

You will have access to all the hiking trails and picnic spots along Chapmans Peak but need to turn around at the control point before the top lookout spot. Many Capetonians dont know this and therefore dont frequent this beautiful drive. It is a fantastic place to come have a picnic and also watch the sunset. And this is where the second catch comes in. The free pass is only valid during sunlight!!! The operator obviously knows people want to come and watch sunset and have therefore come up with this rule to charge you you if you come back down after sunset.

Third rip off is if you come through the toll gate at the Hout Bay side and by mistake pay to go to the picnic spots, you will have to pay again when you come back down to Hout Bay. Their argument is that the R33,00 that you paid when you went through is for one direction only to Noordhoek. If you want to come back down on Hout Bay side you need to pay again. Absolutely crazy and short sighted by the operator.

So all in all a fantastic Cape Town attraction but beware of greedy operator.

Visited January 2013
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“Fantastic Views”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

It costs 33 Rand to take a drive round Chapmans Peak but its well worth it as the views are fantastic, there are plenty of places to pull off the road for photo opportunitys!

Visited February 2013
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“Beautiful Drive”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

We happen to be driving on Chapman's peak around sunset and it was absolutely beautiful. The views are stunning and I agree that it is best to drive from south to Hout Bay/Cliff's Bay because all the views are on the left side. Drive slowly as there are many, many opportunities to stop and rest on the cliff side and admire the views and take amazing photographs. I find the sunsets in SA absolutely amazing. I saw families and couples enjoying wine and having a picnic with the view.

FYI: There is a toll each way on the drive.

Visited February 2013
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