The natural beauty of Cape Town is beyond compare. From dramatic coastlines to majestic mountains, scenic drives in Cape Town showcase the region’s unrivalled beauty and where every turn reveals a new postcard-worthy moment. With so many options, how do you choose? We’ve narrowed it down to these 5 choices.
Chapman’s Peak Drive
Chapman’s Peak Drive, affectionately known as ‘Chappies’, is a stunning coastal route that spans approximately 15 km from Hout Bay to Noordhoek. This scenic road offers travellers breathtaking panoramas of the sparkling Atlantic Ocean and pristine sandy beaches nestled alongside its cliffside. Along its meandering path, Chapman’s Peak Drive boasts an impressive 114 curves, adding an element of excitement to the trip. This captivating route also features some dramatic rock formations, putting its magnificence on full display.
Simon’s Town, Cape Point, Kommetjie
The breathtaking journey from Simon’s Town to Cape Point and Kommetjie is one of many wonderful scenic drives in Cape Town and encapsulates the natural beauty and coastal splendour of the Cape Peninsula. Starting in Simon’s Town, the road meanders along the coastline, revealing panoramic vistas before continuing on to Cape Point, the majestic meeting spot of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. The drive then swings back north to Kommetjie, a coastal village surrounded by towering sand dunes and fynbos-covered hills.
Tafelberg Road to Signal Hill
The iconic views on the mini scenic drive from Tafelberg Road to Signal Hill showcase the best Cape Town has to offer. Hugging the side of Table Mountain, one of the new Seven Wonders of the World, it makes its way past the cableway station, presenting magical views of the mountain, the city and the impressive silhouette of Lion’s Head. Once you reach Signal Hill, the 360-degree view of the city, the coastline and the ocean will leave you breathless.
There are endless surprises on the leisurely Victoria Road drive between Hout Bay and Camps Bay. Passing along the back of Table Mountain, there are unsurpassed views of the Atlantic Ocean while amazing beaches are scattered along the coastline. The best is saved for last with a spectacular sunset over the glistening water in Camps Bay.
There are a multitude of astonishing stops and viewings points along Clarence Drive, or Route 44. Stretching from Gordon’s Bay to Kleinmond, this captivating route boasts an impressive 77 corners and bends with some bending more than 150 degrees, making it a truly thrilling ride. The phenomenal views of the Cape Peninsula, False Bay and the Hottentots Holland Mountains are nothing short of extraordinary. The unique Cape Floral Kingdom is an oasis and on some days, you may even spot whales or dolphins playing in the waves down below.