Franschhoek Pass, Franschhoek

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Scenic and encapsulating views of the Franschhoek Valley define the drive through Franschhoek Pass. Said to have been used by elephants to cross from one valley to the other, the pass was formally built in 1822. The road follows the northern edge of the Franschhoek mountain range, overlooking the verdant valley and offering picturesque mountain views. The paved road includes sharp curves and some visitors may be nervous along the edge. To visit Franschhoek Pass on your holiday in Franschhoek, and find out what else Franschhoek has to offer, use our Franschhoek.
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  • So there are a few ways to get to Fran. from Cape Town. The boring fast way N of Stell. or the REALLY scenic S route via Grabouw, through Sir Lowry's pass, into the Elgin Valley, past the reservoir.....  more
    So there are a few ways to get to Fran. from Cape Town. The boring fast way N of Stell. or the REALLY scenic S route via Grabouw, through Sir Lowry's pass, into the Elgin Valley, past the reservoir.....  more »
  • Road is good and should be taken slowly to enjoy the scenery and not recommended to speed. Can be very busy 
    Road is good and should be taken slowly to enjoy the scenery and not recommended to speed. Can be very busy  more »
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  • Beautiful views as you drive through the road. A lot of stops along the way to take pictures.
  • Having not driven the Franschhoek Pass in a long time I immediately grabbed the opportunity when it came up. The pass is about 13 km (give or take) and is slow and winding. Although the driver needs to focus a lot on this route, there are some areas where you can pull over and take in the beautiful views which make it worthwhile. On the one side of the pass you have the town of Franschhoek with the pass looking over it in certain sections, and on the other side you have Theewaterskloof dam which is the largest dam providing water to the City of Cape Town and surrounds. The pass can get very busy and has been closed on numerous occasions in the past because of rock slides, so keep that in mind when planning your trip. Also, something to note is that during winter when it is really cold, the surrounding mountains can be covered in snow which is always special to see.

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