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Chapman’s Peak Drive, located at the south-western tip of South Africa, it is one of the most spectacular marine drives anywhere in the world.

Initially constructed during the First World War, this 9km route with its 114 curves skirts Chapman Peak, the 593m high southerly extension of Constantia Berg, and follows the rocky coastline to unfold breathtaking views in both directions.

The route starts at the picturesque fishing harbour of Hout Bay and the climb winds steeply up to Chapman's Point, revealing breathtaking views of the sandy bays down below, until the road reaches lower levels again at Noordhoek. The drive offers stunning 180° views with many areas along the route where you can stop and take in the scenery or sit down for a relaxing picnic.

Rock falls were a constant threat and a series of unfortunate events lead to the closing of Chapman’s Peak Drive in January 2000.

While closed, this spectacular roadway denied the traveler some of the best scenery in the Cape Peninsula. Its closure had a severe impact on the economy of the South Peninsula and had a serious impact on the productivity of all who did business and/or lived in the area.

An integrated environmental approach to the rehabilitation and upgrading of Chapman's Peak Drive was warranted and a turnkey project was undertaken and carried out with full participation of the local authorities and communities.

The reopening of Chapman’s Peak Drive is the culmination of one of the most innovative road engineering projects ever to be undertaken in South Africa. The upgrading (or rather reconstruction) of Chapman’s Peak Drive is indeed an engineering feat that will for many years be regarded as one of the top road engineering projects in the country.

Chapman’s Peak Drive was re-opened as a toll road in December 2003.

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  • Copyright: May Jayne (mayjayne) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 202 W: 22 N: 504] (3171)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Black & White
  • Date Taken: 2010-01-01
  • Categories: Nature
  • Exposure: f/3.5, 1/800 seconds
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  • Date Submitted: 2011-04-04 22:07
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