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Franschhoek Pass

Regional road R45 (Western Cape) | Tra (between) Franschhoek - Villiersdorp, Franschhoek, South Africa
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Paarl, South Africa
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103 reviews 103 reviews
33 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

You will not get better scenic views in many places in the world, especially on a clear day. Be sure to drive carefully, especially in bad weather. Major roadworks on the Franschhoek side, but after a short wait, the pass is open as normal. Mont Rochelle in the middle of the pass offers a variety of walking trails.

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Bloemfontein, South Africa
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37 reviews 37 reviews
22 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Fun drive with spectacular views! Really worth making a road trip of it! Make sure you don't get motion sickness easily before travelling along this lovely route.

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Western Cape, South Africa
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

The pass is a beautiful and safe road for travellers to enjoy wonderful views of Franschhoek and surrounds.

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Balsall Common, United Kingdom
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69 reviews 69 reviews
19 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

We drove the whole length of the pass and the views are magnificent, but even if you don't travel the whole pass it's well worth a drive from Franschhoek to see part of it. Just watch out for families of Baboons on the roadside as you go around the bends.

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Camberley, United Kingdom
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78 reviews 78 reviews
7 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 via mobile

Never been passed by more bikers on such a short drive. Great views and well worth the detour. I'll hire a soft top for this next time! Great photo stop above Franschhoek.

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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20 reviews 20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

This is a town that host the best food and wine.Capetonians seem not to recognise this jewel.We had a great time and although the restaurants wine prices are steep,the stay is world class.Do view the town from the top of the pass.

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

The views are unbelievable and very different in winter. It is an absolute pleasure walking through the narrow main road and browsing through the little shops and famous restaurants this French town has to offer.

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London, United Kingdom
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51 reviews 51 reviews
5 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Amazing views but quite a hairy drive. Half way up there is a pull off where you can park and then walk down to swim in the mountain stream. A great way to cool off in the summer.

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29 reviews 29 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

If you have the time, make sure you drive into or out of Franschhoek through this route. The views are brilliant!

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Riversdale
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9 reviews 9 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

This is a beautiful pass giving some spellbinding views but avoid if you can while there are Stop/Go's in place due to roadworks. That was our experience mid-May 2014.

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