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Franschhoek Pass

Regional road R45 (Western Cape) | Tra (between) Franschhoek - Villiersdorp, Franschhoek, South Africa
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Manama, Bahrain
14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

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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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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97 reviews 97 reviews
18 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 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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137 reviews 137 reviews
80 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 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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77 reviews 77 reviews
6 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 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
59 helpful votes 59 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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Paarl, South Africa
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147 reviews 147 reviews
63 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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
13 helpful votes 13 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
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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72 reviews 72 reviews
19 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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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