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?
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