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Franschhoek Pass

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Address: Regional road R45 (Western Cape) | Tra (between) Franschhoek - Villiersdorp, Franschhoek, South Africa
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Breathtaking mountain drive

Dramatic and rugged mountain scenery greets the careful driver. The road winds up the pass with several places to stop and admire the dramatic scenery - but pay attention to the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Dramatic and rugged mountain scenery greets the careful driver. The road winds up the pass with several places to stop and admire the dramatic scenery - but pay attention to the road!

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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Get out of town and have a most wonderful drive on The R45. The roads a great and the scenery is stunning. Many vineyards to visit along the way

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Hoddesdon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

We have visited the area numerous times over the years, today was probably not the best weather for a review with low cloud, but that merely enhances the spectacular views as wine farms and the town drift in and out of the focus. It is one of the best roads, and areas for scenic beauty

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

This drive is simply stunning. Nature at her best. You feel like you are viewing from a birds eye view. Highly recommend if you are ever in the Franschoek area.

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Cape Town, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Stunning views from the top of the pass of Franschhoek. Overlooking the many wine farms in the area.

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Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

My hubby and I took a drive around the Cape winelands on the day of our 20th Wedding Anniversary and gifted ourselves with a leisurely day to reminisce about everything we've experienced. We agreed that the Franschhoek Valley has been an enduring highlight of many of our years together. This road has and will always be a route to delightful... More 

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

A spectacular drive or walk, with magnificent views of the valley . Plenty of view sites to enjoy the sights and sounds of the area.

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Fleet, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

A short distance from town. The Franschhoek Pass like so much of the surrounding area takes your breath away with its fantastic views.

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Every time I go to Franschoek I take my bike and cycle the Franschoek pass, down the other side and back again. It is so beautiful and inspiring the pain is not an issue. From the Monument at the top of town at about 380m, (https://goo.gl/maps/HnLbq) it is about 7 km of climbing with approximately 420m of ascent to the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

Wonderful drive with beautiful views across the valley. It was cold and blustery but we enjoyed it anyway. As a bonus, we saw a large troop of baboons.

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