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Franschhoek Pass

Regional road R45 (Western Cape) | Tra (between) Franschhoek - Villiersdorp, Franschhoek, South Africa
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Cape Town
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211 reviews 211 reviews
143 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

The attraction takes 30-60 minutes to complete but it will be one of the best 30 minutes of sight seeing you have done. the views are breath taking as it overlooks the magnificent Franschhoek Valley. well worth the visit and take the opportunity to stop for photo breaks. Time permitting, stop for a picnic and create your own restaurant with... More

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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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34 reviews 34 reviews
16 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

We drove the pass today and the day before. We throughout enjoyed the drive. The road is well maintained and the scenery is beautiful.

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Pinetown, South Africa
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

One of the nicest mountain passes. The view and nature is really stunning. Well recommended to travellers.

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This pass is a must for everyone who visits the Franschhoek area. It gives you the perfect elevated spot to view the entire Franschhoek valley. There are great look out points along the road where people often picnic. Just be aware of the big trucks and motorcyclists on the road.

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Manama, Bahrain
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

The Franschoek Pass was a great way to see the Franschoek Valley & to get great views of the stunning scenery that is all around Franschoek. An added photo opportunity was also provided by the Baboons wandering along the roadside. It is so tempting to wind down the window for a better shot, but we didn't, as we have heard... More

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Irvine, California
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33 reviews 33 reviews
11 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

I drove the pass out of Franschhoek on a lovely spring day. The scenery was fabulous and the view over the Franschhoek Valley left me with a nice memory of my time spent there. The entire mountainous road towards the junction of R321 provided many incredible scenes including viewpoints that allowed one to look into a gorge with waterfalls and... More

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Johannesburg
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97 reviews 97 reviews
18 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

The pass coming from the Villiersdorp side is truly spectacular particularly as one first sees the whole Franschhoek Vally opening out below.

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Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom
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140 reviews 140 reviews
80 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We were travelling from Cape Town to Franschhoek and it takes you along the R45. You know you are approaching Franschhoek when you see the unmistakeable mountain range and when you get over the pass and see Franschhoek Valley - JUST WOW. We drove up onto the pass every night to see if we could get a fantastic sunset and... More

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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78 reviews 78 reviews
6 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

13km's of pure beauty, even in a car. We travelled on this pass with a view to riding it on our motorbikes and I cannot wait to get there and do it. What amazing scenery! Good quality road, with some construction underway which delays you a bit, but obvious that they maintain this road as there are no potholes in... More

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Cape Town
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86 reviews 86 reviews
14 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

We spent a very pleasant hour or so driving from Franshchoek to the top of the pass...out of the car for the view...and back. Good news is that the view is spectacular and well worth the short drive. Bad news is the road works which in July were still adding 20 minutes to the journey. We drove right over the... More

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