South Africa

Joy-Rides in the Mother City

August 20, 2018

One of my favorite things to do in Cape Town might actually be one of the simplest things to do. I love to go for drives. I’ve always enjoyed spending time in the car with friends, looking a the scenery and just killing time. It’s something I did a lot of in high school- in a small town there’s sometimes not much else to do. But Cape Town isn’t a small town, its big, vibrant and diverse. Driving for 15 minutes you can pass through, like, 6 totally different ecosystems – with different plants, different cultural neighborhoods, different views…

Not only this, but the mountains  surrounding Cape Town are imperial and stunning. They leap frog with soft coastlines and fresh Southern Atlantic seascapes. Rolling vineyards are sprinkled below mountain gorges, between vast glowing beaches. It’s hard to put into words. You have to see it for yourself. 

One of Cape town’s most popular drives is Chapman’s Peak. It’s not really a “peak” in the sense of it being the tip of a mountain, but it’s a climb to a summit of the road, looping around the Cape Peninsula, and one of the most breath taking drives I’ve ever been on. 

I go on Chapman’s Peak now and again, and often when I’m headed to wineries or beaches around Table Mountain. The best part is a little local’s secret that I’ll let you in on: The Cave. 

Hidden from sight of the road, is a perfect little cave on the cliffside overlooking the ocean between Hout Bay and Noordhoek. It’s wide and great for sitting, overall a phenomenal sunset spot, especially when enhanced by a glass of bubbly or some fresh fruit! 

On one of my sunset ventures, I actually had the pleasure of viewing a professional photoshoot by local fashion photographer Winston Kletter. Chapman’s Peak never disappoints- it’s full of surprises.

But even if you don’t go up Chapman’s Peak, the Cape Town area is a spectacular place to be if you like long drives, with vibes courtesy of dramatic landscape features, late afternoon rays of golden sunshine and a good soundtrack.

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