Paarl – Franschoek – Paarl 60 km.
Franschhoek is located in a valley surrounded by mountains on three sides. It is the most fashionable of the three wine cities (Paarl, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek) and it is definitely worth a visit.
Take the first exit (59) on Route N1 towards Cape Town and follow R301 and the R45 to Franschhoek. The road will take you past the golf courses Boschenmeer and Paarl Valley. About 14 km from Paarl you will find the Drakenstein Prison from which Nelson Mandela was released in 1990. We recommend that you make a short stop here.
Further on, towards Franschhoek, you will pass a lot of vineyards – among others, La Motte. Follow the main street into the town and on your left, you should be able to find a parking spot.
176 Huguenots, who fled France, founded Franschhoek in 1688 and the meaning of the name is “the French corner”. Here you will find many old buildings in the Cape Dutch architecture and a number of restaurants, galleries, and shops.
At the end of the main street there is a large Huguenot Monuments as well as a museum in memory of the founders of the city.
To avoid driving back the same way to Paarl, we recommend route R45 (and do not take a turn at R301). You will pass vineyards – including Plaisier de Merle and Vrede en Lust.
The wine tasting at Vrede en Lust is one of the most pompous and they have a small restaurant from which you can buy cheese and bread to bring back home.
R45 continues through Paarl (Main Road) but before that you can drive onto N1 and take exit 62A and that will quickly bring you back to Wildepaardejacht.