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Franschhoek Pass

Regional road R45 (Western Cape) | Tra (between) Franschhoek - Villiersdorp, Franschhoek, South Africa
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Urdorf, Switzerland
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

Unfortunately there are some roadworks going on at the time when we were there, causing us to wait about 10 minutes each time, but the drive is worth it. Beautiful view of the Franschhoek valley and once over the top you almost notice the change in vegetation straight away. Quite amazing.

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Aussie on the road
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

Although we were caught in traffic, it was well worth the wait as we encountered a troop of Baboons. What a thrill. At the top there is an opportunity to stop and the lookout and view the valley. Very easy drive.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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254 reviews 254 reviews
41 attraction reviews
128 helpful votes 128 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

I have crossed the Franschhoek Valley many times and always take a deep intake of breath at the views down into the valley. It is well worth taking this route into or out of Franschhoek. Just watch out for the baboons!

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London, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

Views don't come much more lovely, looking down on Franshhoek from on high. It is a detour must and is enjoyed by serious motorcyclists for the challenging bends. Unfortunately they don't all make the turns in time. However, on some sundays it is the route of choice for classic car drivers and spotting beautiful cars from every era and country... More

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51 reviews 51 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

love to cycle up and over (and then down!). Done it a few times and quite a few baboon families on lower pass this time

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Kuwait City, Kuwait
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96 reviews 96 reviews
32 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

This was one of our favorite drives. The vistas are wonderful. We saw baboons alongside the road. Some of the turnouts were unusable due to the road construction and the single lane of traffic.

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London, United Kingdom
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13 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

A must. The views are simply stunning. Drive halfway to Villiers dorp and turn around. With a little bit of luck you will see baboons (be careful - they are wild animals) in addition to the spectaculair views over franschhoek and the Hottentots Holland mountains. Free, original, no queues, suitable for all ages and all levels of fitness and simply... More

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Somerset Village, Bermuda
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50 attraction reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

My title says it all..... this is a dream route we always enjoy the drive from the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town & always take visitors on this route..... up via the Sir Lowry Pass spectacular views back of the Cape Flats & then via Grabouw on to this breathtaking road with several stops for photo ops even though we... More

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

It's an unforgettable experience to drive over Franschhoek Pass. A little scary at times, but well worth it for the views of Franschhoek and the surrounding mountains.

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Island of Malta, Malta
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45 reviews 45 reviews
19 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

Travelling from Villiersdorp to Stellenbosch we decided to take the Franschoek Pass which was a new route for us. Wow!! This is a spectacular drive past the Theewaterskloof Dam, hairpin bends up and down the mountain to Franschoek in the valley - beautiful views of the mountains and the valley below; interesting change in vegetation and lots of fynbos -... More

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