About Look-Out Cave on Chapman's Peak Drive

You really can’t prepare yourself for the views from Look-Out Cave, which is one scenic drive from many of the Cape Town accommodation hotspots. This cave is nothing short of a braggard – a total show-off of the unrivalled beauty that is this part of the Western Cape. In fact, the whole of the mountain pass known as Chapman's Peak is popular for its breath-taking views and rugged appeal. But, this little cave lies in secret just below that pass; off the beaten track and holding on tight to its secret spot that only a few lucky ones venture to find.

Look-Out Cave takes a bit of effort to reach, which makes the views even more rewarding. And, what’s more, there is a sense of complete serenity. The city and its non-stop buzz feel a lifetime away. While the views are really magnificent from the road too, there is something magical about enjoying them from the red rocky surrounds of the cave, with the icy blue of the ocean far below your feet and nothing but the mountains and horizon in the distance.

Chapman’s Peak is a toll road, which means there’s a small price to pay. But, with these views, and a unique drive through some of the mountains of the Western Cape that is pretty hard to beat; the toll is a breeze. If you decide to head back the way you came, you will need to pay the toll again. Alternatively, you can do the round route to Ou Kaapse Weg.

Visitors that want to check out the beauty of the Look-Out Cave need to be very careful when climbing the rocks. Closed shoes (like sneakers) are best. Bring snacks and water along for a really special spot to enjoy a picnic, and then take all papers, bottles and packets home with you afterwards. There are no trash cans here. Also, sunscreen is a must to avoid an uncomfortable burn in the South African sunshine.

This spot remains relatively quiet. But, some locals that know about the exquisite views may come here for sundowners or on weekends. Part of the appeal is that few people know about it. So, if you decide to explore Look-Out Cave, the hardest part is going to be trying to keep this little gem a secret.

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WhereLook-Out Cave on Chapman's Peak Drive, Between Hout Bay and Noordhoek, Atlantic Seaboard, Cape Town, South Africa

WhenBest during daylight hours

How muchFree

TelephoneNot applicable.

OvernightStay nearby in Hout Bay, in Cape Town


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