Drive, Cape Town
Drive is argued by many to be one of the most beautiful mountain
passes in the world. About 30 minutes from Cape Town in an Eastern
direction lies this majestic road looking out on the Atlantic
ocean with endless horizons. This route is taken on several tours
including day tours to Hermanus and Garden Route tours.
during the 17th century people started relocating to the midlands
from Cape Town. The Helderberg Mountains were their first major
obstacle. An obvious choice would have been to follow the route
over the mountain, as the bushmen and antelopes have been doing
for years, but the preferred way was to keep close to the coastline.
This proved to be a more forgiving road in terms of cattle and
wagons. Runaway slaves and soldiers also preferred this route
as it provided quick hiding spots if needed.
road construction took place on Clarence Drive in the 19th century.
Even with the construction of Stony Point Whaling Station in 1912,
building material from the city had to be taken over The Helderberg
Mountains by wagon via Sir Lowry’s Pass to Betty’s
Bay. It is in Betty's Bay where we visit a colony of African Penguins
on our Hermanus and selected Garden Route tours.
the 1930s, three businessmen bought a few farms with a goal to
construct a township. Their names were:
Mr Arthur Youlden, whose daughter was Betty - Betty's Bay,
Mr Harold Porter, who in later years donated the grounds where
Harold Porter Botanical Gardens stand today, and
Mr Jack Clarence - Clarence Drive.
safer road from Cape Town to Betty’s Bay was desperately
needed. Then, during World War II Mr Clarence realised that the
cost and construction time would be reduced if the 60 000 Italian
war prisoners based in Cape Town did construction work on it.
Drive offers view points every few minutes where one can spot
Southern Right whales during the winter months of South Africa,
June to November. The whales can be spotted all along the Southern
coast from Clarence Drive all along The Garden Route.