There’s no denying the natural beauty that Cape Town exudes. From the picture-perfect beaches to the majestic mountain ranges, there are views to die for everywhere you look. The best way to take in all the breath-taking sights is to hit the road and take a drive! We’ve broken down the top 4 scenic drives you have to take next time you’re in the Mother City.
1. West Coast Flower Route
If you’re planning a trip between August and September, you’re in for a real treat. Located 100km from Cape Town, the West Coast Flower Route showcases a wildflower display ranked as one of the best in the world. We recommend you pack a picnic lunch to enjoy out among the blossoms and sunscreen, of course – the South African sun can be unforgiving, even during Spring. All in all, it makes for a ‘blooming’ marvelous day out!
2. Chapman’s Peak
Chapman’s Peak is by far one of Cape Town’s most well-known and well-loved roads, that winds precariously up the side of the mountain. With 114 curves along the route and a sheer cliff running alongside it, boozy lunches are not recommended, but the trip sure does make for a scenic drive. The outlook is spectacular, with unobstructed views of the beaches, fynbos and the ocean below. Make sure you pack your binoculars, you don’t want to miss the finer details or the views.
3. Victoria Road
It may be a part of Capetonians daily commute, but for tourists, Victoria Road is a glimpse into the life of the rich and famous who reside in swanky Camps Bay. The road winds through the upmarket suburb, showcasing sprawling mansions, a pristine beach and trendy cafés that attract tourists. It’s along this road, you’ll find the Twelve Apostles, where it is recommended you stop in for high tea, or a luxurious spa treatment. Alternatively, take a hike through the fynbos forest where there are a few trails to choose from.
4. Helshoogte Pass
If Franschoek is on your to-do list and you’d rather take the scenic route, make sure you plan to go through Helshoogte Pass. Expect to be surrounded by lush valleys and towering mountain ranges, which make for great photo opportunities along the way. Helshoogte Pass also winds through some of the Cape’s top-rated wine farms, including Tokara and Boschendal, which you can stop in at for a tasting… but only if you have a designated driver (safety first!).