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The Cape Peninsula - Chapman's Peak Drive

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden in Cape Town

Vandalized plaque commemorating the construction of Chapman's Peak Drive. At its completion the road was regarded as a major feat of engineering. There have always been road closures because of the danger of falling rocks, particularly in winter. Boards in Hout Bay and Noordhoek informed the drivers. After one too many accidents, with the death of a driver, the road closed for reconstruction in December 1999. The slopes of Constantiaberg and Chapman's Peak above Hout Bay were badly burned in a series of fires from 16 to 19 January 2000. The route, one of the most scenic ones in the world with magnificent views at every turn of the road, re-opened as a toll-road in December 2003.

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