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Chapman's Peak Drive, Cape Town's Peninsula


False Bay Coastal Drive

Boyes Drive is a scenic road that climbs the lower slopes of Muizenberg Mountain, providing an elevated route above the shoreline of False Bay that offers panoramic views over Muizenberg beach and the Cape Flats. On a clear day, views include great vistas over False Bay with the Hottentot's Holland Mountain range in the distance.  

There are in fact two parallel roads to choose from when driving between Lakeside and Kalk Bay on Cape Town’s Peninsula. Main Road (M4) follows the shoreline and is the route to take if you plan to stop off at Muizenberg or St. James. Boyes Drive shadows Main Road higher up the mountain slopes, connecting Lakeside directly with Kalk Bay. In the summer months, traffic congestion along Main Road between Muizenberg and Kalk Bay is no fun, so Boyes Drive offers an alternate route for both northbound and southbound traffic.

Whale Watching

Southern Right Whales migrate into the sheltered waters of False Bay during the winter months, especially from mid-August through to end of October. Boyes Drive provides a great outlook for shore-based whale watching.

Boyes drive descends back down towards the shoreline at the southern end and rejoins Main Road at the seaside hamlet of Kalk Bay, a fishing harbor on the shores of False Bay.

Shark Spotters

The warmer waters of False Bay are home to Great White sharks. Great Whites’ natural food source is the Cape fur seal population in winter and pelagic fish in summer. Shark attacks on human bathers are infrequent, but even one attack is one too many. The Shark Spotters program has been introduced on the beaches of Cape Town’s False Bay as an effective tool to further reduce the risk of shark attacks on humans. In the summer months, look out for the shark spotter situated on Boyes Drive above Muizenberg. Using polarized binoculars and sun glasses and in two-way radio contact with another spotter on the beach, they keep a careful look-out for sharks from their spotter shack. If a shark is seen, warning to bathers is provided at the beach by sounding a siren and raising a prominent color-coded flag.
Read More: Cape Town's Beaches and the balance between Nature and Recreation.

Shark Spotters - Muizenberg Beach, False Bay

[2:57 min] [Attribution: Save Our Seas]

An interview with Monwabisi Sikweyiya, Field Manager of the Shark Spotters in Cape Town, who explains the Shark Spotters program.

Hiking and Walking Trails

Views from Chapman's Peak Drive

View from Boyes Drive of Muizenberg Beach (

The Western Cape provides a superb variety of walks, hikes and climbs to satisfy outdoor and nature lovers. Walking the Cape Blogspot provides a walkers' perspective of Boyes Drive (and many other walks in and around Cape Town).

Boyes Drive also traces part of the eastern boundary of Silvermine Nature Reserve and hikers can venture away from the road and into the reserve. Echo Valley trail intersects with Boyes Drive close to Kalk Bay. The other end of the 2½ hour trail ends at Silvermine’s parking area at the top of Ou Kaapseweg. The trail traverses a small forest, a boardwalk and an undulating landscape through Cape fynbos mountain flora, with some strenuous gradients in places. Unless transport is available at both ends of the trail, hikers need to turn around and backtrack to the starting point.

Safety Guidelines
Take utmost care when hiking on the Mountain. Always look out for changes in weather, which can be unpredictable. Follow these safety guidelines when walking or hiking on the mountain.

Cape Peninsula Attractions

| Highlights of the Cape Peninsula| Boyes Drive | Cape Town and Peninsula Beaches |
| Camps Bay | Cape Point and Cape Of Good Hope Nature Reserve |
| Chapman's Peak Drive |False Bay Attractions and Activities |
| Groot Constantia Wine Estate | Hout Bay | Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens |
| Llandudno | Penguin Colony at Boulders | Silvermine Nature Reserve |

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