Explore Cape Town's road climbs with the Kia Seltos

It’s no secret that Cape Town roadies are blessed with some pretty spectacular climbs. So we loaded up a Kia Seltos and hit 7 of the most picturesque and challenging climbs in and around the Mother City.

 

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Ou Kaapse Weg


First up is the infamous Ou Kaapse Weg, known for its spectacular views of Tokai and False Bay.

 

With a distance of 3.42km, a vertical gain of 228m and an average gradient of 6.7%, it isn’t Cape Town's most difficult climb but it is iconic nonetheless with Muizenberg Peak towering over you.

 

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Smitswinkel


One of the climbs made famous worldwide by the Cape Town Cycle Tour. The 1.7km climb has an average gradient of 5.5% and a max gradient of 10.3%. The views out towards Cape Point are pretty spectacular, so don’t forget to appreciate the vista on your way up. The climb only gives you a gain of 91m which probably explains the KOM speed of 34.2km/h.

 

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Naval Hill


This is one of Cape Town’s lesser known climbs, chances are you have cycled passed it a million times and never even knew it was there. Just before the right turn up Red Hill there is a dodgy looking overgrown cement road that turns off the Main Road into Simonstown. The climb takes you up to the old guns at the Scala Battery once intended to defend False Bay.

 

It’s a short climb of only 1.43km but an average gradient of 9.3% and elevation gain of 134m will keep the legs honest. Don’t forget to stop at the Gun Battery 1 to appreciate the view.

 

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Red Hill


The Red Hill climb is known for being pretty relentless, it doesn’t have the steepest average gradient (6%) but it’s 3.25km length and some steep kickers around the switchbacks make it quite a tough climb. Going too hard early on could blow your attempt at moving up the segment leaderboard for this 200m elevation gain climb.

 

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-- The climbs continue below after a brief break to look at the Kia Seltos --

 

 

Kommetjie (Slangkop)


Apart from Chapman’s Peak Drive, this has to be one of Cape Town’s most beautiful climbs with its full views out over the Atlantic Ocean and the iconic Kommetjie Lighthouse. A relatively short climb of only 1.5km and 93m gain, this one is all about the views.

 

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Chapman’s Peak Drive


One simply cannot talk about climbs in South Africa without mentioning the infamous Chapman’s Peak Drive. People fly from all over the world to run, cycle, and drive over it. Many people even regard it as one of the most beautiful roads in the world. Climbing from Noordhoek gives you 4.5km of sheer beauty, slightly shorter than the Hout Bay side of 5.1km. An average gradient of 3% and an elevation gain of 158m lets you enjoy the views without having to suffer too much for it.

 

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The Glen


The Glen is one of the steeper climbs in Cape Town with the gradient hitting 15% in parts. Climbing from Camps Bay, The Glen is a punchy 2.14km stretch at an 8.2% average gradient and 176m of elevation gain. At the top the climbing can continue up towards Signal Hill for a total of 3.8km and 287m of elevation gain making it a popular choice for Everesting attempts.

 

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4 Comments

Hilton., Nov 09 2020 12:09

Nice article. Reminds me how privileged we are down here, that I can get all these climbs in on a weekend ride around the peninsula.

 

That last image isn't The Glen, by the way. Looks like the Kloof neck switchbacks heading up to the cable station (ok, so around the corner)

RaeTrewBrowne, Nov 12 2020 10:26

Well spotted Hilton, I like to include the last bit to the cable cars in my “Glen” climb as it give some more elevation gain and some great views 😊

andrew5336, Nov 16 2020 08:14

Great article, more of these please!

Skylark, Nov 17 2020 12:38

Saw one of these Seltos on the road today, nice looking vehicle.