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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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Stunning Views and Great Driving

Having made the journey from Cape Town to town of Franschhoek (an easy drive along the N1, R44 and R45) and visited the town, we decided to finish the trip with a drive through... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Michael C
Cape Town, South Africa
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Cape Town, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Having made the journey from Cape Town to town of Franschhoek (an easy drive along the N1, R44 and R45) and visited the town, we decided to finish the trip with a drive through the Pass. The Pass is easily found as you leave Franschhoek on the R45 towards Villiersdorp. Very shortly you reach the start of the pass -... More 

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Absolutely magnificent views along this route to Franschoek. We travelled past the Theewaterskloof Dam which was depressingly dry from this year's drought. This route is very scenic. Franschoek Pass is magnificent. Drive really slowly - some daunting hairpin bends and lots of trucks along this road.

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Hillcrest, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were fortunate to drive this on a quiet day and could take our time to enjoy the amazing scenery. There are many lay-bys that gives you the best way to get the opportunity to take the photographs from every angle up and down the valley. If you are going in the cooler months take a warm jacket as it... More 

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Truro, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Such beautiful views. A photographer's paradise. We were lucky that the weather was fine and sunny when we stopped to take photos in a very convenient layby/viewpoint. Drive slowly and take in the beauty.

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Simon's Town, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Words fail me to describe the beauty of this pass, just stunning. A great 'drive' too, good road ideal for a day trip with your favourite toy, whether bike or car.

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Burnham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The views are fantastic and in the right weather, the photographic opportunities are magic. Always a favourite for a lazy drive.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We drove up the pass after our visit to Franschhoek and were blown away by the breathtaking views of the Franschhoek valley and the mountains beyond. We felt so proud to be South African and both agreed that it was as beautiful as any place in France that we had visited. The pass cuts through beautiful mountain scenery with steep... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Fabulous views and plenty of stopping points to enjoy them from. Watch out for speeding locals in Porches! they don't seem to need to enjoy the view!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

A beautiful drive to an overlook of the beautiful vista below of the wine country and the mountains that surround it.

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016

No visit to the Western Cape or the Boland is complete without a drive up (or down) the Franschoek Pass. On a sunshine day the views down the Franschoek Valley towards Paarl is simply breathtaking and with enough places to stop for photo sessions, the Pass is well worth a visit.

Thank Trade M

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