18 December 2012

{Taking the Scenic Route}: A Drive Along Chapman's Peak

On our final morning in Cape Town, Jurg and I decided to set a few hours aside to cruise along the coast and explore the renowned Chapman's Peak Drive.  I had been meaning to drive the route for some time {as I've heard so many amazing things about it} and Jurg hadn't driven this pass in several years, so it was an easy decision... especially when we woke up to the most pristine blue skies and sunny weather!  {Just as a side note, Chapman's Peak is known to be one of the most spectacular marine drives in the world and attracts photographers from across the globe... pretty incredible!}


Although, I was expecting beautiful scenery, nothing could have prepared me for the picturesque views that we were about to witness.  As Jurg drove our little rental car through twists and turns and we climbed higher and higher up the pass, my jaw literally dropped... how had I never done this before!?  

The scenes in front of us looked like a painting... and they just kept getting better and better the further we went.  I think we pulled over about ten times in the course of ten kilometres.  It was absolutely breathtaking - quite possibly one of the most magnificent things I have ever laid eyes on with the exception of the Grand Canyon.  Sigh... the Cape never ceases to surprise me with its beauty... every time I think I've just about seen it all then I'm immediately proved wrong.  Chapman's Peak is simply something that everyone must see within their lifetime :)  


Chapman's Peak is open daily, weather conditions permitting.  The route is approximately 10km long, but plan to spend at least one to two hours as the road is windy and you will want to stop on several occasions to take in the views.  The toll fee for a normal light motor vehicle is R33 {approx. $5}.  For more information visit their site here.

What's the most breathtaking drive you've ever been on?

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14 comments:

  1. You can say that again! Breathtaking route!
    What camera are you using? (Think I've asked you this before-sorry)
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    xxx

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  2. That looks like absolute heaven! The contrasting blue and green and sand...wow. Gorgeous pics!

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  3. Breathtaking views in a beautiful city. So glad you did this drive... Postcard material x

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  4. can't believe those colors are REAL! amazing.

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  5. Well you already know how I feel about it but yes, certainly amazing! Norway gives it a run for it's money though!

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  6. That looks awesome! My most amazing drive has to be St. Thomas. I was visiting a girlfriend from college who was born and raised there. The entire island is so small and the views are amazing from every where. The roads are winding and cars drive on the opposite side. You can forever see cruise ships coming and leave the port. Just beautiful blue as far as the eye can see!

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  7. This is amazing. Such lovely pictures!

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  8. Wow these views are incredible Jenna! Seriously stunning photographs! It looks like you had the perfect day to do this drive!! Life has been crazy busy lately so I'm behind on my blog reading, but I hope you're doing well :)

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  9. Stunning stunning pictures. I love that drive. I do enjoy the Garden Route drives too

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  10. Oh my goodness Jenna, this is absolutely amazing! Your pictures are just beautiful, so I can only imagine how incredible it was in real life. I think the most beautiful drive I've been on (which isn't saying much), is that drive up in Monterrey...I can't remember what it's called, but Robert and I did it a few years ago, and it was so pretty! xoxo

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  11. Jenna, the pictures are amazing-- I'm sure it's even more beautiful in person! I'm so disappointed I won't be able to head down there after my service mission to Ghana. Seriously going to look into extending my trip + changing my flights after the holiday.

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  12. Gosh, what incredible views! My most unforgettable drive was along the California coast on my road trip. It was beautiful, yes, but it was the satisfaction of "holy s***, I literally drove across the country" that made it so special :) would love to drive this one day!

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