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March 09, 2013

Chapman’s Peak – a photo essay

Chapman’s Peak is on the western side of the Cape Peninsula, between Hout Bay and Noordhoek.

Chapman's Peak Drive, between the two suburbs, is one of Cape Town's most scenic roads, twisting and turning high above the rugged coastline.

At the time of its completion in 1922, the road was regarded as a major feat of engineering.

The lower end of Chapman's Peak Drive, on the Hout Bay side. Photo courtesy of Hubert January

A plaque commemorating the seven-year construction of Chapman's Peak Drive. Photo courtesy of Mark H

A view, from Chapman's Peak Drive's highest point, of Hout Bay. Photo courtesy of the(?)

A view from Chapman's Peak of the Sentinel, the distinctive outcrop guarding the mouth of Hout Bay. Photo courtesy of Mark H

Another, panoramic view of the Sentinel (on the left) and Hout Bay. Photo courtesy of RobW_

Chapman's Peak Drive wends its way along the treacherous coastline towards Noordhoek. Photo courtesy of Lawria

The remains of the 230-year-old East Fort on Chapman's Peak, the site of the world's oldest working battery of original artillery pieces. Photo courtesy of desrie.govender

Another spectacular view of Hout Bay. On the far left of the picture is a place known as Dungeons, one of only 16 acknowledged big-wave surfing spots on Earth. Photo courtesy of RobW_

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