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Cape Town Sights

Chapman's Peak Drive

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Rock slides and unstable cliff faces mean this fantastically scenic drive can often be closed for maintenance, as it was for the greater part of 2008–2009. Work began on the drive in 1910, when it was considered an impossibility. Charl Marais, a mining surveyor, wasn't deterred by the task and set about surveying a route by sending a worker ahead of him to chop out footholds and create rudimentary platforms for his theodolite. There are stories of him hanging on to the

side of the cliff by ropes and nearly losing his life on a number of occasions. His tenacity paid off, and with the help of 700 convicts, a road was chipped and blasted out of the rock. Chapman's Peak Drive officially opened in 1922 with views rivaling those of California's Pacific Route 1 to Big Sur. When open, you can access the drive from both Noordhoek and Hout Bay.

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By Shai

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May 9, 2005

Fodor entry outdated

An absolute must-see on the drive up towards Hout Bay! Be sure admire the views near the route's apex. Was re-opened in 2004, tollgate charge of R20 per car (as of 2005).

By Mike

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Sep 1, 2004

This magnificent drive is now open.

Considered to be one of the most beautiful drives in the world. Was closed because of rock falls. After great expense to prevent these falls the road, now a toll road, has been open to the traffic. A MUST see and do for visitors to the Cape.

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