Western Cape Tourist AttractionsSuikerbossie Pass
Where? Suikerboosie Pass (or Victoria Road Pass) leaves Hout Bay as its backdrop and heads up to crest the hill before continuing towards Llandudno.
One of Cape Town's most scenic hills, Suikerbossie's crest is what makes this relatively straight, but killer steep incline (ask anyone who has ridden the Argus and they will tell you how difficult it is to manage this last climb of the 105 km race), one of the most beautiful in the Western Cape.
As far as mountain passes go this hill is pretty straight forward - literally. The road has virtually no twists or turns. It leaves Hout Bay with the bay as its backdrop and heads up to crest the hill before continuing towards Llandudno.
Suikerbossie is the local name of the Cape sugar bush, the beautiful Protea repens - South Africa's unofficial national flower for years, until it was displaced by the king protea (much bigger cone flower) in 1976.
The suikerbossie is one of the easiest and most reliable proteas to grow, tolerant of most soils and well adapted to high winds, drought, fire, and the wet winters of the Cape.
There is a restaurant at the summit of Victoria Road also named after the plant, well known for its meals and generous location as a wedding venue.
And you will want to start slowing as you reach the top of the pass, as views over the Atlantic Seaboard once you reach the curve just above Llandudno, are always spellbinding, no matter what time of year you head up here (although in rainy weather, it is probably not ideal).
Once you have peaked at Llandudno, Victoria Road winds along the Atlantic alongside the 12 Apostles (a famous group of mountains that give Table Mountain a run for its money), past Oudekraal beach (where you can often spot seals on the rocks just offshore).
Descending Suikerbossie from the Atlantic Seaboard (the other way around, in other words) is also incredible, as Constantiaberg appears on the left and the wide bay of Hout Bay opens ahead of you. Just beyond Hout Bay the road connects with Chapman's Peak.
This drive, incorporating Suikerbossie, is one of the most beautiful of the Cape.