Photographer's Note

Over the next few days I will post some images taken along Chapmans Peak Drive from Hout Bay.

A long winding road with breathtaking views, Chapmans Peak Drive is a must on any itinerary. Reopened in December 2003, Chapmans Peak now offers more lookout points of the view of Hout Bay and the Sentinel, and if you are lucky you might spot a whale or two frolicking in the bays below. Make sure you bring a camera to capture the majestic ocean vistas.

Who was Chapman?
John Chapman was the Ship's Mate of the British ship "Consent" who, in a small boat, landed ashore on what we know today as Hout Bay's beach, on the 27th July 1607. He quickly established that the Bay was in fact a safe anchorage and that fresh water was available, but probably little else.
It was dusk and he had to return to his becalmed ship lying off the majestic cliff we know today as the Sentinel. What he did not know was that he had stumbled across a "Garden of Eden" which even to this day ranks as one of the most beautiful bays on Earth.
The subsequent charts described the Bay as "Chapman's Chaunce" and it was only after Jan van Riebeeck's arrival from Holland, some 50 yrs later, that it became known as Hout Baeitjen and eventually Hout Bay. However, the name "Chapman" has remained to this day associated with the imposing mountain we now know as Chapmans Peak.

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Hope you enjoy and thank you for stopping by. And offcourse any questions are always most welcome.

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