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“Gorgeous” 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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Type: Scenic Drives, Outdoors
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Urdorf, Switzerland
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“Gorgeous”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

Unfortunately there are some roadworks going on at the time when we were there, causing us to wait about 10 minutes each time, but the drive is worth it. Beautiful view of the Franschhoek valley and once over the top you almost notice the change in vegetation straight away. Quite amazing.

Visited March 2014
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Aussie on the road
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“Lots of Baboons”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

Although we were caught in traffic, it was well worth the wait as we encountered a troop of Baboons. What a thrill. At the top there is an opportunity to stop and the lookout and view the valley. Very easy drive.

Visited April 2014
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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“Make sure you add this pass to your journey in or out of the village”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

I have crossed the Franschhoek Valley many times and always take a deep intake of breath at the views down into the valley.
It is well worth taking this route into or out of Franschhoek. Just watch out for the baboons!

Visited March 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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“Hairpins and flashy motorbikes.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

Views don't come much more lovely, looking down on Franshhoek from on high. It is a detour must and is enjoyed by serious motorcyclists for the challenging bends. Unfortunately they don't all make the turns in time. However, on some sundays it is the route of choice for classic car drivers and spotting beautiful cars from every era and country is a good distraction. The pass itself offers wild baboons, fine and tall eucalyptus trees, fynbos, and seasonal wild flowers. Stop to take photos to make friends envious.

Visited March 2014
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“bicycle and baboons”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

love to cycle up and over (and then down!). Done it a few times and quite a few baboon families on lower pass this time

Visited March 2014
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