Winter is here…. mud and more…

Thursday, 04 June 2015 18:15
Winter is here…. mud and more…
16.13 km
Wind Direction
1.98 km/h
Updated 4/18/2021 03:37:50
Maintenance in Progress, information may not be accurate!

Chapman’s Peak Drive is closed following a major mudslide which occurred on Chapman’s Peak Drive in the early hours of Sunday morning 31 May, 2015.   The first big winter storm hit the Cape Peninsula  on the last weekend of May.

In our previous blog post, we warned that winter was coming to Cape Town.  With the onset of winter and harsher weather conditions, the risk of rock falls, mud slides and road closures on Chapman’s Peak Drive were likely to increase.

High winds and heavy rains wreaked havoc on the barren slopes after the March 2015 fire.   Entilini, the concessionaire managing the drive on behalf of the Western Cape Government, has been monitoring the situation closely as bad weather continued to lash the Western Cape, during the week.  The safety of motorists and other road users is the most important priority and Chapman’s Peak Drive asks for patience this winter with road closures and mud slides and clean up operations.

The spokesman for the Western Cape department of transport and public works, Byron La Hoe, said mud and debris slides were impossible to predict. “More heavy rains could have a similar effect, [so] a full assessment will be made at the end of the week to determine how the mountain has performed,” he said.

Clean-up operations are well underway and despite additional rain this week, good progress is being made in clearing the mud from the road.  There is still work to be done to clear the catchment fences which are heavily laden with mud and silt and saved the road from major damage! Chapman’s Peak Drive will remain closed for the rest of the week and the first weekend in June 2015.

Once again Chapman’s Peak Drive asks that motorists and road users exercise patience and tolerance this winter as we strive to keep the drive safe and open.  Please follow us on our social media channels (Facebook and Twitter) to keep up to date with notifications of any Road Closures.

Alternative Routes:  

  • Over the mountain using Ou Kaapse Weg (M64)
  • Boyes Drive from Lakeside to Kalk Bay then Main Road M4 southbound to Fish Hoek.
  • Main Road  (M4) south from Muizenberg

Did you know?
All frequent users who are registered on the system will receive an sms notification when Chapman’s Peak Drive is closed.

Chapman’s Peak Drive Toll Plaza Office Hours:

The Toll Plaza is open Monday – Friday from 08h00 – 17h00 for registration as a Frequent User.
Address: Toll Plaza, Chapman’s Peak Drive, Hout Bay, Cape Town
Plaza Tel: 021 791 8220

  • Read More about Chapman’s Peak Drive Frequent Users here.
  • See Tariffs and discounts for all classes here
  • As in life….Terms and Conditions apply!

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About Chapman's Peak Drive

  • Chapman’s Peak Drive toll road winds its way between Noordhoek and Hout Bay on the Atlantic Coast on the south-western tip of South Africa. Chapman’s Peak Drive is one of the most spectacular marine drives in the world.

    Chapman’s Peak Drive is affectionately known as #Chappies.