In the 'hood, Franschhoek as a destination

The French corner of the Cape, Franschhoek lies in one of the most beautiful wine valleys in the world, just 45 minutes’ from Cape Town and within half an hour of the Stellenbosch, Paarl, Wellington and Somerset West wine routes. This traditionally French town is the food and wine capital of the country and one would be hard pressed to dispute the claim. Eight of the top 100 restaurants in ... cont.

Intersection R45 and Klapmuts Rd, Simondium, Cape Winelands, South Africa

Directions to Vrede en Lust

From Cape Town
- Take the N1 to Paarl
- See Directions from the N1 below
From Cape Town International Airport
- From the airport you need to take the on-ramp onto the N2 East (Somerset West)
- Take the next major off-ramp off the N2 - the R 300.
- You will turn left and head for Belville
- Stay on this road all the way to the N1 on-ramps
- Veer Right towards Paarl

From the N1
- Pass the 1st Stellenbosch (Klipheuwel) turnoff
- Take the R44 / Klapmuts turnoff from the N1
- Turn Right and drive towards Klapmuts (pass under the bridge)
- Cross over the first intersection (the R101) (less than 1 km from offramp)
- Turn Left into the road to Franschhoek and the R45 (less than 1km from the R 101 intersection)
- Follow the signs to Backsberg
- Pass Backsberg and drive towards Franschhoek for another ±4kms.
- You will see Fredericksberg (RdeR) on the right hand side of the road
- At that point, start slowing down and prepare for a Right turn.
- Before the railway line crossing, you will see the gates that mark the entrance to Vrede-en-Lust.

From Paarl
- In Paarl, head south on Main Road towards the N1 / R101
- Pass under the N1 and continue west with the R101 and do not turn onto the N1
- Turn Left onto the R45
- Stay on this road into Simondium and slow down near the old station
- Turn Right to Klapmuts
- Cross the railway line and immediately turn Left into Vrede en Lust

From Stellenbosch
- In Stellenbosch, head for the R44 North
- Follow the R44 North out of town and headed towards Paarl / Wellington
- Slow down as you get close to Klapmuts
- Turn Right into the road to Franschhoek and the R45
- Follow the signs to Backsberg
- Pass Backsberg and drive towards Franschhoek for another ±4kms.
- You will see Fredericksberg (RdeR) on the right hand side of the road
- At that point, start slowing down and prepare for a Right turn.
- Before the railway line crossing, you will see the gates that mark the entrance to Vrede-en-Lust.

From Franschhoek
- In Franschhoek, head North on Main Rd as it becomes the R45 towards Paarl
- Stay on the R45, crossing the Berg River and through Groot Drakenstein
- Stay on this road into Simondium and slow down past the old church
- Turn Left to Klapmuts
- Cross the railway line and immediately turn Left into Vrede en Lust.

Amenities in the area

  • Bank and/or ATM (10 km)
  • Bars and/or Nightlife (15 km)
  • Business Services (15 km)
  • Dry Cleaner (15 km)
  • Foreign Exchange (15 km)
  • Grocery Store (15 km)
  • Internet Café (15 km)
  • Laundromat (15 km)
  • Post Office (15 km)
  • Restaurants / Eateries (15 km)
  • Shopping Mall (15 km)
  • Train Station (15 km)
  • Car Hire (20 km)
  • Airport (45 km)

Activities

  • 4x4 trails
  • Beach
  • Bird watching
  • Canopy tours
  • Children's entertainment
  • Climbing (mountain / rock)
  • Cultural experiences
  • Cycling paths
  • Diving / snorkelling
  • Driving range
  • Farm activities
  • Fishing
  • Galleries / museums
  • Game viewing
  • Golf course(s)
  • Gym / fitness centre
  • Health spa / massage
  • Helicopter Flips
  • Hiking trails
  • Horse riding
  • Hot air ballooning
  • Kayaking / surf ski
  • Mountain bike trails
  • Quad biking
  • River cruises
  • Rowing / canoeing
  • Sailing
  • Sky diving
  • Swimming
  • Tennis court(s)
  • Theatre (performing arts)
  • Whale watching
  • Wine tasting

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