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“A pass is a pass”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Franschhoek Pass

Franschhoek Pass
Ranked #3 of 57 things to do in Franschhoek
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Midsomer Norton, United Kingdom
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“A pass is a pass”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2013

As passes go in South Africa, and I have seen quite a few, this is fair to average. I do agree that if you haven't seen such passes before it is impressive.

Approaching from the east, you first see a large reservoir/lake on your left and then proceed slowly up the pass. Please note that there are not many stopping places and the pass is used by heavy vehicles for example petrol lorries. It is not nearly as exciting is as some other passes I have seen or written about. The better the tarmac the more traffic can use it and the faster the traffic is. It will not be appreciated if you dawdle.

There is a viewing area at the top but the best viewing of all is when you go down to Franschoek itself and there are indeed opportunities for viewing. Keep your fingers crossed that there will not be too much smoke from fires or mist.

In general, baboons regard the road as their own and you will see them playing unconcerned and they may grudgingly move off when you honk your horn. Tip of the day – if you see animals playing and obstructing the road why not briefly stop the car and watch them. What is the hurry?

Visited October 2013
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Port Macquarie, Australia
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“What views!!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2013

The views from the pass are simply magic. Massive mountains with such colours and all around wild proteas. If you are in the Western Cape do not miss this experience.

Visited September 2013
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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“360 Degrees of Views”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2013

Travel through Franschhoek to the T junction where you will see a monument where you need to turn left and travel north. The views are worth the drive. There are some picknick spots where you can Stop next to the road to admire the views.

Visited August 2013
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Carefree, Arizona
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“drive in from the east”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2013

We drove into Franschhoek pass this time from the east and found it a much more beautiful drive. We had gone to Hermanus to see the whales first and taken the R43 through villiersdorp then the R321 to the R45 to Franschhoek. All in all a beautiful drive well worth taking

Visited August 2013
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Cheshire
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“Great drive”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2013

Had the opportunity to go over the pass a few times whilst staying in Franschhoek and it was great. The view gives an idea of the layout of the valley and the road is good to drive even in a basic hire car. Seeing baboons en route made it better.

Visited August 2013
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