Boyes Drive – The Iconic Road

Boyes Drive & Muizenberg

Boyes Drive Muizenberg

Boyes Drive Muizenberg


Table of Contents:

  1. Wildlife in Abundance
  2. Sharkspotters Look Out
  3. The Perfect Exercise Route
  4. Boyes Drive Hiking Trails
  5. The History of Boyes Drive

Boyes drive is a 7KM simple stretch of mountain road that was first imagined back in August 1896 and has now turned into an iconic scenic drive that epitomises the deep south of Cape Town! Boyes Drive stretches from Lakeside, over Muizenberg and St James and through to Kalk Bay hugging part of the Table Mountain range. Whilst people often talk of the majesty of Chapmans Peak drive on the other side of Cape Town, those that know of Boyes Drive also know its deep beauty.

Wildlife in Abundance

The road overlooks False Bay and provides stunning sunrise and ocean views as well as an abundance of wildlife spotting opportunities:

• Whales frequent False Bay in the autumn and winter months and are visible from Boyes Drive
• Common bottlenose dolphins often play and hunt fish in the shallows of False Bay
• Porcupines, whilst shy and nocturnal, can be spotted trotting along the road
• A stunning array of birds can be seen by the more patient observer


Sharkspotters Look Out

The views it provides from up high also lends itself to shark spotting and as such there is a permanent Sharkspotters hut located directly above Baileys Cottage. It’s always a fascinating chat with the guys on duty and well worth a stop to also look out across False Bay to the Hottentot Holland mountains on the far side. It is also an opportunity to check out the surf below!


The Perfect Exercise Route

The 7KM stretch of road also provides some excellent exercise opportunities but be warned there are some challenging steep sections of the road to navigate if you decide to tackle the route. Most sunny days will see the road busy with cyclists, walkers, joggers, and runners.

There was a 3 year period from 2010 to 2013 when the Cape Argus cycle tour took a detour from its normal main road route and instead went over Boyes Drive, this resulted in some extremely tired cyclists but also helped to solidify the road as a tough route for any budding cyclist enthusiast.

2012 Cape Argus over Boyes Drive

2012 Cape Argus over Boyes Drive

 

Boyes Drive Hiking Trails

There are many hiking trails located in the southern peninsular of Cape Town and several start from Boyes Drive and take give breath taking views over False Bay, caves

  1. Muizenberg peak (above Muizenberg and via Pecks Valley trail)
  2. Pecks Valley (above Muizenberg)
  3. Ou Kraal Hiking trail (above Muizenberg)
  4. Bailey’s kloof hike (above St James)
  5. Echo valley hike (above Kalk Bay)
  6. Silvermine hiking trail (above Muizenberg & Lakeside)
  7. Silvermine Amphitheatre (above St James)


The History of Boyes Drive

  1.  The first mention of a high-level road between Muizenberg and Kalk Bay can be found in the Wynberg Times on the 15th August 1896
  2. An official survey was completed in 1915 by the City of Cape Town, it assessed the land between Clovelly and Lakeside to determine the optimal route
  3. Initial work started in 1923 and fully commenced in 1924
  4. Boyes Drive was officially opened in 1929
  5. The mountain road was named after George James Boyes (1863 – 1924). He was a prominent judge in Simons Town and the magistrates court in Cape Town
  6. The construction of Boyes drive also coincided with the widening of the main road, the railway was being electrified and expanded. As well as numerous walkways and pathways from the main road up to the newly created high-level mountain road
  7. The extension from Muizenberg above Lakeside and down to the main road was approved in 1947 but construction of the road only started in 1963

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