From the N2 take the R43 turn-off towards Villiersdorp. It won’t disappoint! Every now and then when we have time, we take the roads less traveled to our destination. This time we were heading towards Stellenbosch along the N2 and decided to go for a detour via Franschoek. Villiersdorp is known for the fruits that are grown here. The best time of the year to drive this road is during August, but only because it is super green and you could find snow on the mountain tops. This makes for a beautiful setting next to the enormous Theewaterskloof dam (which provides Cape Town of drinking water). We just had to stop and take some photos. There are also lots of accommodation available in the area if you want to go on a getaway weekend.
After you have passed the Theewaterskloof dam, you reach the Franschoek Pass. Take your time driving through here and enjoy the scenery. There has been many accidents, many fatal once also. You might suddenly come across cyclists and motor cycles going up or down the pass. As you reach the top and come around the bend there is a lookout point where you can pull over and enjoy the view or take some awesome pics of the Franschoek valley below. Definitely worth the stop. And what would a visit to Franschoek be without a stop at a wine estate. We picked Moreson Wine Estate. They have a big selection of good wines to taste as well as a restaurant that serves lunch (when we visited they only had a deli stock with all sorts of goodies that makes you mouth water by just looking at them). The guy in the tasting room was well-knowledgeable and we ended up leaving with 6 bottles of their ‘Miss Molly In My Bed Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot’.
Visited: August 2011