Coastal Views and Mountain Peaks

Looking out from the window of our plushly appointed bedroom at Amblewood B&B our eyes feast on the towering mountain peaks that surround Hout Bay.  The area is a geological paradise and we are keen to explore it more.  Today we are headed for the Cape of Good Hope.

After another sumptuous breakfast we “mount” our hired steed (read Citroen car) and make our way to the beginning of Chapman’s Peak drive .  We pay our entrance fee and set off on the scenic drive.

Coastal Princess

Chapman’s Peak looms above us and the picturesque Hout Bay drops behind and below as we head south on the winding coastal road known around these parts as “Chappies”.

It’s not long before we pull over to the first of many lookout parking areas – each offering their own unique view of the Atlantic coastline.

The white blossoms of coastal trees contrast beautifully against the azure of the inlets below.  Cold, gentle breezes rise up from the ocean below and cool us down as we capture this beautiful scene on our Canon SLRs.

The construction of Chappies started almost 100 years ago – an engineering marvel in its day.  9 kilometres and 114 curves carved out of the side of mountains high above the Atlantic ocean.  Another example of the ingenuity and persistence of mankind.

We stop frequently to take in the grandeur of the mountains and the vastness of the ocean. Sitting and admiring nature without taking any photo’s or video is one of life’s pleasures and we remind ourselves today that this must be done often.

For more great information on traveling in South Africa, check out our like minded friend’s reviews here “100 Best Things To Do In South Africa”  Jen Miller is an avid traveler and writes some great articles on her blog.

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