Cape Town is surrounded with amazing mountains roads which are almost a destination in their own right. The Cape peninsular itself has many roads that hug the mountains and offer spectacular mountain and ocean views. The rugged terrain has over 70 peaks above 300 m (980 ft) which culminates in Table Mountain, with its near vertical cliffs and flat-topped summit over 1,000 m (3,300 ft) high.
What Mountain Scenic Drives Are There in Cape Town?
- Boyes Drive – The beautiful road stretches from Lakeside to Kalk Bay with wide sweeping vistas of the warm waters in False Bay, the road was completed in 1929 and is a lovely long and meandering 7KM in length. It also lends itself to being a great walk with a few steep hills and quick drops, there are plenty of cyclists who frequent the road over the weekend.
- Chapmans Peak – The stunning Chapmans Peak sits between Noordhoek and Hout Bay – the road was carved into the mountain between 1915 and 1922, it is a toll road so expect to pay a small fee to drive the length of it. But the views are stunning over the Atlantic ocean looking towards Hout Bay and the sentinel.
- M4 Main Road Between Simons Town and Cape Point – As you head to Cape Point from Simons Town be sure to stop at the designated spots and drink in the amazing ocean and mountain views across False Bay – a beautiful and quiet stretch of road where you feel connected to the world.
- M65 Between Scarborough and Kommetjie – Another road that simply connects two suburbs with each other, but again stunning views this time over the Atlantic ocean with steep drops from the road side down to the beach.
- Victoria Road Between Hout Bay and Clifton – Once you have driven over Chapmans Peak and stopped for fish and chips in Hout Bay harbour be sure to drive up to Victoria Road, the long, smooth and winding road offers stunning ocean views as you head to the trendy suburbs of Camps Bay, Bakoven, Bantry Bay and Clifton.
- R44 / Clarence Drive Between Gordons Bay and Rooi-Els – Technically not in Cape Town, but this road sits on the far side of False Bay looking! The mountains stand extremely tall and the beach below is stunning – a worth while drive!