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“Dramatic Entrance to a Beautiful valley”
Review of Franschhoek Pass

Franschhoek Pass
Ranked #3 of 59 things to do in Franschhoek
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Cape Town, South Africa
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259 reviews
55 attraction reviews
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“Dramatic Entrance to a Beautiful valley”
Reviewed 11 August 2014

The pass coming from the Villiersdorp side is truly spectacular particularly as one first sees the whole Franschhoek Vally opening out below.

Visited July 2014
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Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom
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“Awe inspiring view”
Reviewed 5 August 2014

We were travelling from Cape Town to Franschhoek and it takes you along the R45. You know you are approaching Franschhoek when you see the unmistakeable mountain range and when you get over the pass and see Franschhoek Valley - JUST WOW.

We drove up onto the pass every night to see if we could get a fantastic sunset and we did see some great ones but the best one was when we were in the town and sadly not on the pass.

There is a place to park your car and some of the locals take along a picnic hoping for a sunset buyt the view is spectacular on a sunny day

Visited December 2013
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Paarl, South Africa
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“Can't wait to ride this road”
Reviewed 5 August 2014

13km's of pure beauty, even in a car. We travelled on this pass with a view to riding it on our motorbikes and I cannot wait to get there and do it. What amazing scenery! Good quality road, with some construction underway which delays you a bit, but obvious that they maintain this road as there are no potholes in sight. I wouldn't like to do it at night though...

Visited July 2014
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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“Very pleasant short drive to top of pass...”
Reviewed 31 July 2014

We spent a very pleasant hour or so driving from Franshchoek to the top of the pass...out of the car for the view...and back.
Good news is that the view is spectacular and well worth the short drive. Bad news is the road works which in July were still adding 20 minutes to the journey.
We drove right over the top to the bridge on the way to Grabouw but really the value is merely to go to the top, see the view and go back.
You have to pass La Petite Ferme which has a very nice lunch and would be a good addition to the journey.

Visited July 2014
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Paarl, South Africa
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“Roadworks at the moment, but still worth it”
Reviewed 20 July 2014

You will not get better scenic views in many places in the world, especially on a clear day. Be sure to drive carefully, especially in bad weather. Major roadworks on the Franschhoek side, but after a short wait, the pass is open as normal. Mont Rochelle in the middle of the pass offers a variety of walking trails.

Visited July 2014
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