Chapman’s Peak Drive to Celebrate 100th Anniversary with Giveaways

The Western Cape’s most iconic road, Chapman’s Peak Drive that connects Hout Bay to Noordhoek, is set to turn 100 years old on May 06 this year. The world-famous drive first opened to the public in 1922 is a vital artery that connects communities in Cape Town and attracts thousands of international and local visitors to the Southern Peninsula every day. To celebrate this momentous achievement, the operators of the drive, along with the Western Cape Government and SANParks invite visitors to participate in a photographic competition with a series of prize giveaways spread out over 100 Days in the lead up to the centenary weekend. 

Chapman’s Peak Drive, or Chappies as the drive is affectionately known, was named after an English skipper who rowed to shore in search of provisions while on a journey around the Cape of Good Hope in 1607. Hundreds of years later in 1915, work began to cut a road along a series of ridges to connect Hout Bay to Noordhoek. It was a feat of engineering back then, and when it was officially opened on the 6th of May 1922 it was called Chapman’s Peak Drive. 

Mark Jacobs, General Manager of Chapman’s Peak Drive, asserts that, “For Capetonians, Chappies is a bridge that connects communities and allows for life on the Southern Peninsula to thrive. It has opened pathways to new opportunities and even after 100 years, Chappies continues to be an intrinsic route that connects communities, businesses, and people.”

Over 5000 Capetonians are registered as frequent users of the drive, passing over the scenic route daily. However, far more people visit the drive daily to take in the stunning vistas over Hout Bay and Noordhoek’s Long Beach. 

For locals, the drive is a source of pride, and businesses and individuals from communities from the area are offering a series of prizes to the general public as part of their support for Chappies. The prizes will be awarded over a 100 Day period to visitors who take a photo of themselves or their group at a specially constructed frame located at a picnic site along the drive. The frame is located before the day pass turnaround on the Hout Bay, sea side of the drive, and visitors will need to upload their photo, taken in the frame, to social media with #CPD100YEARS to stand a chance to win some of the many prizes that are available. 

Lizanne van der Spuy, Co-owner of Cape Point Vineyards is proud to partner with Chapman’s Peak Drive. “We could not be more delighted to support Chappies and show our respect for this stunning drive.” Prizes offered by Cape Point Vineyards include several vouchers for lunch for 2 as well as sushi and wine pairings valued at over R1000 each. “Support for Chappies is important,” says Lizanne, “It’s not only a special part of our beautiful city, but it’s vital to business in the Southern Peninsula.”  

Following the prize giveaway build up, the centenary will be marked by a series of events over the anniversary weekend. “We have a series of special events planned which will be made public in good time,” says Mark Jacobs, “but we can confirm that a special ceremony will be held with the Provincial Minister of the Department of Transport and Public Works, Daylin Mitchell, and that events in both Noordhoek and Hout Bay will be facilitated by allowing free access to the drive at particular times over the anniversary weekend.

Anyone interested in entering the competition for a chance to win great prizes and giveaways should visit Chapman’s Peak from 26 January and take a photo of themselves or their group at the frame located 300 metres before the day pass turn around. Remember to upload to social media with #CPD100YEARS.  

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Tiaan, Neels & Watershed Pop Up at Warwick SA Cheese Festival in April

The award-winning South African Cheese Festival innovates with a first-of-its-kind experience. In April 2022, cheese and wine lovers can celebrate for eight days with the SA Cheese Festival popping up over four weekends at four exquisite destinationsOn Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 April, the festival unfolds into a novel celebration of cheese, wine and more at the magnificent Warwick Wine Estate, at the foot of Simonsberg, between Stellenbosch and Klapmuts. 

Warwick welcomes the “unforgettable” festival 

“The SA Cheese Festival is an outdoor extravaganza enjoyed by many avid followers for the past 19 years … an instant success which is a real pleasure to be a part of,” says Tom Orpen, Warwick Estate’s Global Sales Manager. “At Warwick, we celebrate the beauty of Stellenbosch through an experience which is unrivalled in the region. This new collaboration promises to be an unforgettable adventure that will live long in the memories of those who are lucky enough to attend.”

Countless reasons to join in the fun

According to Johan Ehlers, Chief Executive Officer of Agri-Expo, the organiser of the SA Cheese Festival since 2002, there are umpteen reasons why one should be part of this decadent experience. 

“Come celebrate life with a glass of the region’s finest wines or a Cap Classique, cherish a moment with citrus-styled gin, or just be happy whilst sipping on a craft beer,” Ehlers says. “We carefully selected an array of artisanal food creations, including award-winning, traditional, and handcrafted cheese, from goats’ cheese, Italian cheese, and even flavoured Gouda and Cheddar, from Labneh to Gruberg, from Rockvale to Kasselshoop. Come taste and buy foods with character such as chorizo or kudu, Italian and Spanish salamis, spoil your pallet with honey, pâté, or hummus, and be adventurous with balsamic beads. Add a touch of French flair with a baguette or a croissant and get the picture-perfect moment by choosing olives and tapenades!”

Travel & Taste with celeb chefs and foodies

“We are committed to quality, and we just love people with passion,” Ehlers explains. “That’s why we’ve added the Standard Bank Travel & Taste experiences – an exciting new concept where celebrity chefs and well-known food and wine experts will pop up together with us with three sessions per day. Seating is limited and guests should arrive early to ensure a seat at no extra cost.”

Chef Tiaan Langenegger will share a sneak peek of his brand-new television cooking show on both days, with his actor buddy Neels van Jaarsveld assisting him on Saturday. Also on Saturday, cellarmaster JD Pretoriuswill pair Warwick wines with Dalewood Fromage cheese, and you can also taste Ladismith Cheese with some of South Africa’s top Chenin Blanc’s as put in the spotlight by the Chenin Blanc Association. Long-time favourite celeb chef Jenny Morris will show off her creative flair on Sunday. 

Relax with Watershed vibes 

Guests can relax on the estate’s lawns with ample shaded seating, or can escape to the courtyard, whilst being entertained by top artists. On Saturday, the live music programme boasts the full Watershed band, the popular Jimm Harisson Project, and the duo Sister Sister. Join again on Sunday with artists such as Dehan Marais, Sister Sister, and once again, Watershed. 

Carve your heart out – with cheese! 

According to Ehlers, another fascinating activity is the daily Ladismith Cheese Carving Competition. “Come and unleash your inner artist by trying your hand at cheese carving – after all, April is International Sculpture Month – and there will be great prizes up for grabs!” 

“Become part of our story – one of dedication, commitment, passion and quality,” Ehlers adds. “Join us in celebrating the 2022 SA Cheese Festival at Warwick!”

Tickets cost R350 per person per day which includes an exclusive tasting glass. Tickets are available at Webtickets ( as well as at Pick n Pay stores. No tickets will be sold at the gates. Only a limited number of tickets are available. A Covid-19 access policy of proof of vaccination or a negative test result will apply. 

Going places with the SA Cheese Festival

The SA Cheese Festival will also pop up at Benguela Cove outside Hermanus on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 April, at Groote Post outside Darling on the West Coast on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 April, and at Sandringham outside Stellenbosch on Saturday 30 April and Sunday 1 May

The 2022 SA Cheese Festival is supported by platinum partners, the Western Cape Department of Agriculture and Standard Bank, as well as other partners. For more information, visit, Twitter @SACheeseFest, Facebook @SACheeseFestival or Instagram @sacheesefest, or contact Agri-Expo at tel 021 975 4440 or

The Cape of Adventure: City of Cape Town

21 February 2022: With travel restrictions easing the world over, and South Africa off the dreaded “red list” of many countries, tourists are returning to our splendid shores. Here’s where they can play and stay this summer season – and where you can also be a tourist in your own city.

It’s happening. Things are finally looking up on the visitor front. This past December, the Mother City saw an increase in visitors, with Cape Town International Airport reporting a recovery of 66 % for domestic and 29 % for international arrivals compared with 2019. 

Alderman James Vos, City of Cape Town Mayoral Committee Member for Economic Growth, says judging by demand, this upward trajectory will continue for travel to Cape Town and South Africa. This bodes well for February, considered the “second” peak season in South Africa, and the Western Cape.

Tasso Evangelinos, CEO of the Cape Town Central City Improvement District (CCID), says, “Having won the Telegraph Travel Readers Award for ‘The Greatest City in the World’ in 2018 and the 2021 Travel + Leisure Award for the best destination in the Middle East and Africa, Cape Town – and its vibrant CBD – is the perfect destination for explorers and other travellers keen to make up for the hiatus of the past two years.” 

He adds that it’s imperative to support the hospitality industry, as well as homegrown businesses, right now, “It’s been devastating to see the ongoing impact of the pandemic and the travel bans on businesses in the Cape Town CBD. And now that South Africa’s Covid-19 restrictions have been eased yet again, now is the moment to have an adventure in our historic, beautiful Central City. It’s open for business!”

Here is the Cape Town Central City Improvement District guide to walking on the wild side in the Cape Town inner city:

  1. Walking On Sunshine:

The best way to absorb the true spirit of Cape Town is through walking tours. As a qualified tour guide, Lesley Cox specialises in helping visitors imbibe the sights and sounds of the city through stimulating walking tours. Relaxed and informative, these on-foot excursions come highly recommended. Choose from Heritage City Centre, the Castle of Good Hope, the Company’s Garden and other themed tours, such as Memorial Art in the City Centre. |

  1. Share a Drink With Gorgeous George:

Created out of two beautifully restored heritage buildings, Gorgeous George is a strong contender for the title of trendiest hotel bar in the city. Boasting incredible views, a fantastic restaurant, a rooftop bar, and pool that seems hand crafted by the Gods of Summer themselves, Gorgeous George is where friends come to stay and play – and toast to the holidays! 118 St Georges Mall |

  1.  A No-fuss Bus:

If you are looking for something a little less boisterous then look no further. Taking a Red Bus Tour allows you to sit, relax and explore all that the CBD has to offer. With optional audio guides and the ability to hop on and off at your will, the tours are incredibly customisable. You can choose from a range of packages for kids and adults, including a Hop on Hop Off Tour between the CBD and the V&A Waterfront. Whether you want to spend your time sightseeing, sampling the local arts, culture and food scenes or mix it up, taking a bus has never been this fun. It’s the perfect way to be a tourist in your own hood. 81 Long St |

  1. You Deserve It, Darling:

While not an adventure per se, this is definitely the perfect way to kick off a successful year! Southern Sun The Cullinan offers signature spa experiences that are both indulgent and unique, creating the perfect symmetry of luxury and well-being. There is no better way to enjoy your holiday than by enjoying therapeutic massages, cleansing facials, and invigorating body treatments. Each element of a spa visit to The Cullinan is designed to stimulate the senses and get you ready for 2022. 1 Cullinan Street, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa |

  1. Food, Glorious Food:

Nowhere else in South Africa will you find such an eclectic collection of gastronomic delights. Widely considered to be the nation’s capital of food, Cape Town is where you can find everything, from exquisitely crafted meals by award-winning chefs like Luke Dale Roberts, to glorious gatsbys. If you throw a stone in any direction, it will crash through the window of a culinary experience that could change your life or at the very least give you a beautiful new food baby. The Cape could be called the culinary capital of summertime delights. 

  1. SKY-HI Ride:

Strapped into a chair 146 metres above the City Bowl, everything about Cape Town looks serene, like a landscape painting brought to life. For a few moments, you are on top of the world and the view from up there is gorgeous. Like all good things though, those moments are fleeting and before you know it you are plunging back down to Earth on the thrill ride that brought you up there. This is the internationally renowned Sky-Hi Ride at Hotel Sky, and it is one of only three comparable experiences in the world. 9 Lower Long St |

  1. Peruse The Public Art:

Few things are more pleasurable than enjoying a low-speed amble through the CBD soaking up all the arts and culture that the Mother City has to offer. As an art and design tour specialist offering public and private tours, Kate Crane Briggs of Culture Connect hosts tours that are the ‘walk of the town’. Focused primarily on design and architecture, heritage, and social history Brigg’s tour is a fantastic way to reacquaint yourself with the CBD. |

  1. Hone Your Craft:

Calling crafters! Meet cool people and socialise while creating something beautiful. Join the Craft Circle and bring your embroidery kit, clay toolbox, sewing machine, sketchbook or whatever you fancy. The three-hour sessions are hosted on Wednesdays by Andie Reeves, a teacher, textile artist and owner of the Cape Town Craft Club. 136 Bree St |