Franschhoek is tucked up at the head of a valley, beneath seemingly impenetrable mountain walls; but one road does sneak up and through this barrier: the Franschhoek Pass. It’s a dramatic road, through scenery reminiscent of the Scottish Highlands, with a steep river canyon on one side. As you emerge from the mountains, you descend towards a huge reservoir, the road sweeping across it on a viaduct. You then travel through rolling farm lands, before hitting the main N2 highway. Turning back towards the Cape, you cross the Sir Lowry Pass and if the weather is good, you’ll be able to see Table Mountain as you descend towards the shore of False Bay. You then head north again towards Stellenbosch and Franschhoek to complete the loop.