Few travelers are aware of Cape Town’s multifaceted beauty, which is best experienced through a handful of scenic drives. From behind the wheel or in the passenger seat of an automobile, you’re able to see the diversity of the area from an entirely new perspective. We assembled four Cape Town scenic drives that you will not want to miss as you explore everything that this destination has to offer.
The classic drive: Chapman’s Peak
Boasting 114 curves that rise above the Atlantic Coast, you should stop often because the views along Chapman’s Peak showcase the majestic scenery of Cape Town. This drive is also a convenient route between the city and the Southern Peninsula, which allows you to get a feel for different parts of the city. Panoramic views in every direction provide a better feel for geography and layout the area. When you get hungry, enjoy a leisurely meal at the Red Herring in Noordhoek where you can try unique pizzas like “The Kefta,” topped with spiced Moroccan lamb, pine nuts, mint, and a raita.
Passenger preferred: Table Mountain
It has been called one of the most beautiful places on earth, and recently named in the New 7 Wonders of Nature along with Iguazu falls and the Amazon rainforest. After visiting Table Mountain it is easy to see why. Don’t have a rental car? Think about hopping on the city sightseeing Cape bus. Sit back and enjoy the ride as it takes you on a loop of the city as you slowly make your way up to the base of the mountain. This is a perfect way to soak in the atmosphere of the city and the coastline as you learn about the history and construct from the top level of the double decker bus. When you reach the summit, you’re met with with breathtaking 360 degree unobstructed views of the Cape bowl. For an economical $10 USD, it offers guided transportation all through the city and coastline. Catch the amazing views of the beach and ocean for sunrise, sunset, or both.
Leisurely explorers: The Garden Route
Perhaps one of the most famous Cape Town scenic drives, the Garden Route offers travelers the chance to see the most dramatic landscapes of the country from the comfort of their own vehicles. Being able to go at your own pace and stop for pictures along the way can be a great appeal for more laid back travelers who really want to take their time and be one with nature. While leaving the bustling city, expect lush diverse scenery and pristine beaches as you and your loved ones jam out to some tunes, and take in everything the Western Cape has to offer.
Vino views: 18 wine routes
Cape Town offers some of the best wineries in the world. Wine connoisseurs will enjoy exploring the 18 wine routes the city has to offer. Including well-known wineries like Constantia, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch. The cooler climate of the Cape produces mostly white grape varietals, including Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay. You will be met by picturesque scenery as you travel through the countryside. Along the routes, you will find locally-made cheeses to pair with your South African wine.