Cape Town’s iconic Chapman’s Peak Drive has been closed indefinitely after a massive rockslide blocked thoroughfare on its Noordhoek end.
The drive is popular among tourists and locals alike, with its sweeping, panoramic views of the area and ocean between Hout Bay and Noordhoek.
According to the Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works, around 15 m3 of rock collapsed early on Monday, and it believes the closure should last at least three to four weeks.
The drive is notorious for its dangerous rock falls, and several fatalities around the turn of the millennium forced government to invest in heavy-duty rock protection measures.
Sections of the road are now barricaded with high-tensile wire, while others are protected by solid concrete tunnels.
Unfortunately, it seems that some weather-induced rock fall has bypassed the protection, ripping right through two of the fences.
“Motorists can expect intermittent road closures on Chapman’s Peak Drive this winter whenever high-risk weather conditions make the road unsafe,” the Department. “The area is very exposed to strong winds, and there is a high risk of rockfalls and mudslides down the steep mountain slopes.”
An alternate route is available via Ou Kaapse Weg, a scenic route in its own right.