Chapman’s Peak

  • 5.5 km there and back
  • Rocky terrain
  • No shade
  • Water is rainfall dependent so pack
  • Dog friendly (for agile pooches)

This hike starts just off of the famous Chapman’s Peak Drive. Although the views along this route are already amazing, the higher you go, the better it gets! If you are driving from the Hout Bay side you can ask for a day pass when you get to the toll gate if you plan on returning the same way. If you’d like to continue to Noordhoek you will have to pay the fee for your vehicle. The trails start does not have much space in terms of parking, so, we encourage carpooling and getting there early. Most of the terrain is rocky with a few rocky stairs. The hike is a total distance of 5.5 km and should take you about 2.5 hours with an easy pace.

The first few hundred meters of the hike starts with a set of rocky stairs which takes you across a little stream (seasonal/rain dependent). After about 750 m of rocky stair climbing you will come across a little viewpoint to your right for you to look back on what you’ve already accomplished and the beautiful bay. About another 100 m from this, you will find your first and only crossroads in the trail. Be sure to stay right when you get to this point. Straight will take you towards Noordhoek and left will take you towards Blackburn Ravine.

After the crossroads, the path towards Chapman’s Peak is quite straight forward. The trail continues to steadily climb while taking you around Lower Chapmans Peak. Along this section you can enjoy the stunning views of Hout Bay and the iconic Sentinal Hill. Don’t allow yourself to be fooled into thinking the Lower Peak is your summit though, as Chapman’s Peak will be out of sight at this point. As the path takes you around the lower peak, Chapmans Peak will come into view.

The path toward the peak has a very gentle gradient. The stunning views looking out to the ocean continue along this path. As you get closer to your summit you can even look over to the Noordhoek and it’s beautiful beach. Once you get to the last section before the summit, the gradient becomes steeper. The views from the top are unbeatable, but as with any peak in Cape Town often a little windy. If the weather allows for it, stop and enjoy the views and your snacks here before the descent back down the same route.

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