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“A Magnificent Drive” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Franschhoek Pass

Franschhoek Pass
Regional road R45 (Western Cape) | Tra (between) Franschhoek - Villiersdorp, Franschhoek, South Africa
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“A Magnificent Drive”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

Just 10 minutes from Franschoek (go to the memorial and turn left) this pass rises to a great height and offers stunning views of the town and surrounding area and is a great route out to the inland towns or just a drive and back.

Fabulous photo moments and a lovely drive.

Visited February 2013
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Reigate, United Kingdom
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“Great views take your camera”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

We only drove about 1 mile up the pass, but the views are awesome. And watch out for the baboons!! We also passed La Petite Fermee and popped in for coffee. It looks like a fabulous place for lunch but apparently you have to book well in advance.

Visited February 2013
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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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“Fantastic views”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

Great road - easy to drive on but great fun! The road is twisty and high but wide and well surfaced. Well worth the trip!

Visited February 2013
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Penzance, United Kingdom
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“Stunning setting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

Just beautiful - no wonder the French Huguenots settled in Franschhoek, Once here you want to stay forever - do not forget your camera

Visited April 2012
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Whittlesea, South Africa
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“WHERE BABOONS DREAM!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013

"One valley's ceiling is another Pass's floor!" On a Sunday morning in February we came over Franschhoek Pass with about 100m visibility at the top. Two hairpins down the Franschhoek side the table cloth effect broke open into perfect visibility stretching out before us. Speckled sunlight on the valley floor added a special touch to the patches of vines, fruit, and whitened structures. At one of the many convenient, well placed view points a troop of baboons were crossing the road on their way to higher climbs. One pensive baboon gave me the impression that she was thinking the same thoughts as all the other visitors: "Where would I pick my dream home in Franschhoek?" The view is always a treasure but the dreamy baboon was priceless. Don't miss the Franschhoek Pass when you are privileged to visit what we call "Paradise!"

Visited February 2013
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