Take the scenic route

March 26, 2017

Life is too short not to take the scenic route, so below is a list of five roads you need to do.

  1. Chapman’s Peak Drive

This magnificent coastal road stretches between Hout Bay and Noordhoek and is absolutely breathtaking from start to finish. Look up at the sheer mountain on your one side or across the blue water to Hout Bay Beach. There are numerous points where you could stop to admire Hout Bay, Noordhoek and the vast Atlantic  as well as various tables throughout the route to enjoy a picnic. End your drive by taking a stroll along Noordhoek or Hout Bay Beach. Remember: This is a toll road but it is worth every cent.

  1. Clarence Drive

Clarence Drive is a beautiful scenic route between Gordon’s Bay and the small town of Rooi-Els. You’ll travel for approximately 21km along the Hottentots Holland Mountain and the Atlantic Ocean. Enjoy the view by making use of as many of the stopping points as possible or take a walk down to the beach. For a safe area to swim, visit Sparks Picnic Area which has a beautiful, large tidal pool and various braai spots to enjoy when you are finished.

  1. Franschhoek Pass

After spending a day in the charming village of Franschhoek, the ideal thing to do would be to admire the wine farms and mountains from the pass. The curvy, 15km road has beautiful views of the valley as well as baboons along the road. If you are looking for something more to do, visit the Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve which is located on the pass or head back down to one of the many side street cafes in Franschhoek.

  1. Swartberg Pass

The Swartberg Pass is a lot further than the three previous scenic routes but is definitely one to visit. The 24km pass lies between Oudtshoorn and Prince Albert, and has a constant changing set of views. The road is gravel and could become quite narrow at some sections but when you get the opportunity to pull-over then do so.  There are beautiful landscape views as well as rock formations and sheer drops bound to give you a few goose bumps. If you are travelling along this route, make sure to visit the Cango Caves at the foothills of the Swartberg Mountains.

  1. Vanrhyns Pass

Vanrhyns Pass is part of the R27 and extends from the Western Cape into the Northern Cape. The pass is steep and not at all long, but the vast view of the landscape makes an extremely worthwhile drive. Use the turnout area to fully admire why this is such a beautiful scenic road.