My Guide: Chapman’s Peak Drive in South Africa.
Life in all its diversity.
Cape Town is a city of dreams and a buzzing metropolis. Life in all its diverse and colourful forms is to be found here. There is much to discover and it goes without saying that a trip to Table Mountain – either on foot or by cable car – is not to be missed. Bloggers Lauren and Vaughn Manuel are touring here in the Mercedes-Benz C 180. They reveal just what makes the South African capital and its environs such a lively and attractive place and what stunning experiences await you on the Chapman’s Peak Drive coastal road, an AVIS Best Road.
Experiencing captivating Cape Town up close.
The day starts with a real institution: Lola’s in Long Street, Cape Town is well known for its fabulous breakfasts. The fresh juices and delicious omelettes served up at this café-cum-restaurant are so enticing that you’ll be tempted to spend the whole day here. Seated at one of the outside tables or inside in front of the large windows, you can take in all the hustle and bustle of city life. And get a real feel of captivating Cape Town.
A feeling of freedom.
But Lauren and Vaughn tear themselves away and head off. Enjoy the comfort of the C-Class as they drive first through the city and then around the foot of Table Mountain, all the time heading towards Hout Bay.
A wonderful view of the open sea from the coastal road gives you a feeling of freedom. A leisurely, relaxed drive is therefore the order of the day, allowing you to enjoy the moment.
A little piece of paradise.
Continue along the route and after a few kilometres, you’ll come to one of those spots that’s a little piece of paradise. Spots like these are actually not unusual, but are often tucked away. Dunes Beach Restaurant, located right on the beach at Hout Bay is one such place. It’s not just the waterside location and the superb views that make this restaurant so special. It’s the food too. There’s fresh seafood and sushi in all their delicious variations. And if you’re not in the mood for seafood, a host of other exquisite dishes can be found on the menu.
A destination in itself.
We continue down to Bay Harbour Market, a destination in itself. Aromas of all kinds fill the huge market hall. All sorts of delights and delicacies can be found here. Not just fresh herbs and food but attractive, unique goods ranging from souvenirs of South Africa’s capital city through to shoes, clothes and works of art. And as if that weren’t enough, live music provides a constant backdrop to the many voices of the market, making the South African zest for life truly palpable.
“It’s difficult to imagine a more beautiful spot on earth,” say Lauren and Vaughn as they stroll along the beach at Hout Bay. Glorious sand stretching as far as the eye can see and the sound of the ocean waves invite you to dream, linger a while and reflect. Back on Chapman’s Peak Drive, the journey then continues, the Mercedes-Benz C 180 conveying its passengers through breathtaking coastal landscapes.
Numerous opportunities arise for a brief stop to enjoy the view, get a feel for the place and take memories home with you.
In the midst of nature, far away from the hustle and bustle.
The destination of Chapman’s Peak is not far away now. A trip to the viewing platform there is an absolute must and gives you a magnificent view of the bay, the open ocean and a unique natural environment. After a wonderful day, Lauren and Vaughn have decided to stay overnight in the Monkey Valley Resort. Located deep in the Noordhoek Milkwood Forest, the resort nestles into the hillside, providing a picturesque view of Noordhoek Beach. Its location amidst a wonderful natural environment also gives the resort a magical feel. Whether in the luxury suite or a self-catering lodge, you will have a fantastic time at this resort. To add the perfect finishing touch to your stay, why not go horse riding on the beach, play a game of golf on the nearby course or take a trip to the vineyards. The route, including travel tips, can be found at Mercedes me “My Guide” and downloaded as a GPX file.