While learning English in Cape Town at Oxford English Academy, I recommend that you take as many trips as possible in and around the city. You have access to some of the most beautiful places South Africa has to offer so you should really be spending your weekends exploring these sites.

Chapman’s Peak Drive winds its way between Noordhoek and Hout Bay and is one of the most spectacular marine drives in the world. And to think this spectacular drive is only 15 kms from Cape Town. This road hugs the near-vertical face of the mountain and was hacked out of the cliffs between 1915 and 1922. As you drive, it feels like a small mistake could send you tumbling over these cliffs and into the ocean far down below. The road is filled with ambitious cyclists peddling up the peak, but I’m sure the scenery and long downhills make up for the steep mountain climbs.

Chapman’s Peak Drive is a must for anyone who is passionate about majestic Cape Town scenery. The sheer drops to the sea below and towering mountains rising above you make the drive quite exciting, be it in a car or on a bicycle. The twists and curves in the road seem endless and apparently this 9 km route has 114 curves! It is a paradise for motorists, sightseers, picnickers, runners, hikers and cyclists. You have to make a couple of stops along the drive, especially at the designated view points. The drive offers stunning 180° views of the area which I’m sure you will love to capture on camera.

Once you are through the peak you will also have a beautiful view of the town of Hout Bay. It looks very peaceful and quiet here and is very much like a holiday town. This is the perfect place to go for a walk on the beach and to have some fresh oysters at the Mariner’s Wharf, regarded by some as one of the best seafood restaurants the city has to offer.  What an amazing way to spend a day!