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Background and history

The Cape Peninsula is a thing of immense beauty, delivering wondrous natural scenery set in amongst the habitat of a large population.


When travelling through the Peninsula, one cannot escape crossing the mountains in the region, and Mountain Passes or roads through kloofs cannot be avoided.


Table Bay.jpgIt was the dream of Sir Frederic de Waal, the first Administrator of the Cape Province after Union in 1910, to have a road circumventing the Penininsula and it became policy to complete the All Round the Cape Peninsula Road.


The ARCPR incorporated de Waal Drive, Kloof Nek Road, Victoria Drive, Chapman's Peak, the section around the back of the Peninsula towards Cape Point, ie the Miller's Point-Smitswinkel Bay-Klaasjagerberg Road, Red Hill Road and was completed with the Witsand-Slangkop section in 1923.   


By extention, other roads taking us around the Peninsula form a part of the breathtaking journey any traveller may take when sightseeing in the Peninsula by car. Ou Kaapse Weg, with its panoramic view of the Southern Suburbs from the top, Boyes Drive with its beautiful sights of False Bay including the scores of surfers at Surfers Corner in Muizenberg and of course the whales which visit the area over the Spring. 


Right on ones doorstep, temporary or permanent, is an excursion of such natural beauty linked by man-made roads and passes, which have been the bloodline to development of the Cape Peninsula. Many are testimony to the determination of some men, and are further acknowledgement to the common form of labour during the times of their construction, prisoners.


Thunderstorm CT.JPGThese wards of the state were not allowed to while the time away, and were put to use in building these roads which have become attractions to the Peninsula, and their role is valued.


The Cape Peninsula offers a wealth of activity apart from the sightseeing, and its weather, especially in the Summer, further lends itself to the outdoor discovery of this beautiful piece of Earth.

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