Unfortunately, due to recent heavy rains, which has resulted in unforeseen rockfalls, the Franschhoek Pass was closed on 22 June due to safety reasons. This pass connects Franschhoek with neighbouring town Villiersdorp and the Theewaterskloof Dam.
Remedial works on the Franschhoek Pass is currently underway. Following a geotechnical investigation into the extent and nature of the damage, contractors have been appointed to do rock barring and other necessary remedial work.
If all goes according to plan and weather permitting, these remedial works will be complete by the end of September 2019. At that point, the pass will be reopened to traffic.
Please note that the closure of the pass does not affect travelling to Franschhoek from Cape Town, Somerset West, Stellenbosch or Paarl, as these routes still operate as per normal. We advise that visitors travelling from Hermanus, Elgin or Villiersdorp make use of the N1 via Paarl or the N2 via Somerset West to reach Franschhoek.
The Franschhoek Pass route closure also affects access to the Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve which lies at the top of the Franschhoek Pass route and is therefore closed to visitors at this stage. Traveling on the Pass is prohibited until the end of September 2019 due to road works on the Franschhoek Pass. Disaster management has informed us that no hikers should be allowed on our hiking trails until further notice. They are busy clearing the R45 and expect rockslides onto the Cats’ Path trail. The reserve should be open again by the end of September if all goes to plan but we will post an update closer to the time should there be a delay. No permits will be issued until the reserve is open to the public again.
There are, however, a number of other beautiful hiking areas in Franschhoek behind the Berg River Dam. The Franschhoek Wine Valley tourism team will be able to suggest alternatives should you wish to go for a run or walk in the mountains. We thank all visitors for their patience and wish to reiterate again that Franschhoek is open and ready to welcome visitors.
We will keep you posted. For more info contact our offices on 021 876 2861.