Few years ago, Buzzfeed voted 3 South African routes out of 12 as the most scenic drives in the world. And 2 of them are in Cape Town. I wasn’t aware of the title until I arrived in Cape Town and amazed by its natural beauty. To say that Cape Town is beautiful in every effin way is understatement. Cape Town is blessed with amazing landscapes and in the middle of this natural beauty is a thriving first world city. No wonder it is not only voted as one of the best cities in the world but also has some of the most scenic drives in the world. And this is why a Cape Town road trip is a must for everyone visiting South Africa.
1. Downtown from higher elevated estates
One of the best things in Cape Town is how the city is surrounded by pure nature. Table Mountain, Lion’s Head, Signal Hill and the ocean surrounded the downtown. So if you are driving somewhere high, you can see the dramatic backdrop surrounding the skyscrapers. If there’s one thing that will be forever etched on my mind is when we were driving towards the city few days after the much-needed storm. The cloud bank coming from Signal Hill was like a big white cloth covering the skyscrapers. The fog created a dramatic effect by “engulfing” the top of the city. It was insane! The CBD area is also glorious during sun rise, sun set, and even during the evening. Basically, almost anytime of the day!
2. Camps Bay Area
Camps Bay is an affluent suburb area in Cape Town. It is famous for its nice beaches, nice restaurants, cafe and for its affluent residents. But the best thing about driving in this area is not only the good view of the beaches from the highway, it is those picturesque and million dollar houses with Twelve Apostles as backdrop.
3. Victoria Road
This road starts from Sea Point down to Houts Bay (which also pass through Camps Bay) and this scenic route is popular to locals and tourists alike. And it’s not surprising. You’ll be driving in a highway that’s tucked between the Atlantic and Twelve Apostles which is part of the Table Mountain Plateau.
4. Chapman’s Peak
Chapman’s Peak drive is considered as one of the must-do’s in Cape Town. This spectacular road is famous for its scenic coastal views between Hout Bay and Noordhoek. It’s 9km winding route has one of the most spectacular views of mountains, cliffs and Atlantic Ocean. Unfortunately for me, I only managed to see almost half of the said road as it was closed again due to accident.
5. The Wineland Region
Although I did this trip this winter while farms have already harvested the grapes, driving towards Stellenbosch was still a treat to my eyes. South Africa is blessed with gorgeous mountains and landscape that you won’t be able to put down your camera because of so much beauty around.