Things to do Chapman's Peak Drive, Cape Town

Your Cape of Good Hope Tour known as the Cape Peninsula or Cape Point sightseeing tour will not be complete without a drive along this spectacular costal route. About 25 kilometers from Cape Town city center, Chapman's Peak Drive, affectionately called "Chappies" by the locals, is one of the most beautiful scenic routes in the world.

Chapman's Peak Drive Attractions - Cape Point Tour Route

Chapman’s Peak Drive is one of the world's most spectacular coastal drives in Cape Town

Chapman's Peak is a mountain on the western side of the Cape Peninsula, between Noordhoek and Hout Bay. in Cape Town, South Africa.




Situated on the Atlantic Coast, Chapman’s Peak Drive is one of the most scenic coastal drives in the world.

Cut into the sheer face of Chapman's Peak, which plunges to the sea, this spectacular toll road snakes its way for about 9km (5.5 miles) long with 114 curves and gives you spectacular 180° views of the Atlantic coastline.

There are a few stops along the way that allows you to safely get out of the vehicle and admire the breathtaking views. the twisting 9km drive has 114 curves 

Chapman's Peak is a top 10 tourist attraction in Cape Town

Chapman's Peak is a must-see on a sightseeing tour along the Cape Peninsula to the Cape of Good Hope. 
Known as one of the best scenic routes in Cape Town and the World, Chapman's Peak was named after John Chapman, the Captain's mate of an English ship the Consent. The peak which looms overhead was not named after a governor or brave mountaineer, but a lowly ship's pilot. It had been built by the provincial administration using convict labour. It had taken 7 years to build and had cost (R40 000).

Explore Chapman's Peak

Steep sandstone cliffs descend into the Atlantic Ocean with waves crashing at the base of the mountain. 

Upon entering Chapman's Peak, on your private guided Cape Point Tour from Hout Bay to Noordhoek, you'll follow the jagged mountain path and experience 114 curves and a 9 km cliffside drive that will take your breath away.


Admire the Sentinel, a massive mountain peak that marks the western end of the mouth of Hout Bay.




The best things to do in Chapman's Peak

With excellent picnic spots facilities and countless viewpoints, spend some time absorbing the majesty of the mountains and the spectacle of the sea as they connect at Chapman’s Peak Drive.

Chapman’s Peak Drive is one of the prime viewing sites to observe the breaching and blowing behavior of these gentle sea giants from an elevated perspective. Peak Whale watching season is from July to November every year. Enjoy Whale watching in season, when the Southern Right Whales visit the Cape Point Route coastline annually. 

There are plenty of stops along the way, to take photographs of the rugged cliffs, the beaches, the ocean, and hopefully whales and dolphins!

Best time to go to Chapman's Peak Drive 

Chapman's Peak Drive is a destination worth a visited all year round.  We check ahead of time to see if the route is open. The route gets closed by local authorities for bad weather and maintenance for the annual cycling Cape Town tour event. The local municipality always advised ahead of time online for any irregularities which will cause the route closure. 


Where To Go?

The Chapman's Peak drive will take you to a few hidden gems of Cape Town, like Titswalo Atlantic beach holiday resort, the famous Hout Bay Harbor, amazing Noordhoek village, incredible Cape Point wine farm, Boulders beach penguin colony, and the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve just to name a few.

When was Chapman's Peak built?

This toll road was planned in 1915 and Chapman's Peak drive was opened in 1922, and regarded as a major feat of engineering. An unfortunate rockfall in 1990 caused the closure of the road, but it was reopened in 2003. Although the road was closed intermittently for a decade or so due to safety concerns related to rock falls, a thorough civil engineering revamp saw the road reopen in late 2009 and safe to travel all year round. 

On Tour Highlights:

  • Experience a spectacular coastal drive
  • Stop at look-out points 
  • Enjoy a refreshing drink and snack

Our favourite Cape Town Tours to Chapman's Peak

Our favourite Safari & Tours the best of Chapman's Peak

Helicopter, Boat Ride & City Tour

Experience an unforgettable helicopter flight with an experienced pilot. Feel the excitement as the helicopter lifts and floats away to take you over one of the most beautiful sites in the World. Get a birds' eye view of Cape Town's best attractions from the air. Take a 30-minute thrilling harbour cruise and explore the Atlantic ocean. Hit all the top highlights of Cape Town's inner city on a guided tour with stops to the Bo-Kaap, Table Mountain, Chapman's Peak Drive, and go wine tasting at Constantia wineries or wander the beautiful gardens of Kirstenbosch.