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Franschhoek Pass

Address: Regional road R45 (Western Cape) | Tra (between) Franschhoek - Villiersdorp, Franschhoek, South Africa
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Ranked #4 of 40 Activities in Franschhoek
Type: Scenic Drives, Sights & Landmarks, Outdoor Activities
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Type: Scenic Drives, Sights & Landmarks, Outdoor Activities

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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15 reviews 15 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

If you are in the area, don't neglect to take a drive over the Franschhoek pass. The most beautiful views of the Franschhoek valley lie below you, especially at sunset.

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Singapore
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139 reviews 139 reviews
45 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013

Great views, great roads and a really nice drive to Cape Town from Hermanus. Do stop at the car stops along the way for scenic views, and watch out for the baboons!

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Perth and Kinross, United Kingdom
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128 reviews 128 reviews
22 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

going upThe roads are winding that is if you are not keen on. I like it when someone is driving so that I can absorb all the beauty that is around Franschhoek Pass.

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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47 reviews 47 reviews
3 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

A great alternative route back to Cape Town is to go over Franschoek Pass and via Grabouw/Elgin. Stunning views, good road.

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cape town, south africa
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013

Well-maintained road with most cambers on the hair-pins going the right way. However, watch out for one or two going the opposite way! Quite a few parking opportunities with spectacular views, especially at the top. A must if you're visiting Franschhoek for the first time.

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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34 reviews 34 reviews
10 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

Decided on early morning to ride this route on my mountain bike. It was great. Not for the faint hearted as the climb is 7km to the top. The road is in good condition and there are many spots to stop and take in the view of the Franschhoek Valley. I took the road to the Dam on the other... More 

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Langebaan, South Africa
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

Very nice retreat for couples and family alike. Stunning views and friendly people. All the comforts of home

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Somerset West, South Africa
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134 reviews 134 reviews
41 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

This pass is well worth the effort of experiencing. Coming from Cape Town, take the 4 passes route and start with Sir Lowry's pass outside Somerset West, then Viljoen's pass, Franschhoek Pass and Helshoogte Pass down to Stellenbosch on your way home. The road winds and climbs and gives stunning views of the countryside,the dam and Franschhoek valley.

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Canterbury
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2013

Everytime I drive around the pass, It just gets better. The views are fab & the thought of all those glorious restaurants ..........

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East London, South Africa
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53 reviews 53 reviews
21 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

We went through the mist, and visibility was really bad. Sadly we missed the beautiful views so will have to do this again sometime.

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