Southern African Adventure Motorcycling Routes - Five Passes Breakfast Run 167km Adventure Route - Maps, GPS Data, Accommodation
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For most beginner riders this stunningly scenic dualsport route has 3 tarred passes and 2 gravel passes covering a distance of 167km round trip. Breakfast stop is in Franschhoek and the entire trip should take you around 5 hours with breakfast and scenic stops.
Turning Right from N2 to Viljoenshoop
Turning Left to Highlands Road
Beginning of Gravel on Highlands Road
Turning Right over Theewaterskloof Dam
Turning Left to Franschhoek Pass
Franschhoek Pass
Five Passes

Route Description: Grade: WHITE(Easy, beginners and newcommers with Pillions Riders, all size bikes)

The easy going nature of this adventure route will suit all level of riders, with or without a passenger. The route is predominately road orientated, with three tarred passes - Sir Lowries Pass, Franschhoek Pass and Helshoogte Pass, and two gravel passes - Van der Stels Pass and the Highlands Trail Pass.
Driving Directions:
This pleasurable 167km dualsport day ride begins at the Lord Charles Hotel (-34.068141,18.822905) on the R44 and Main Road in Somerset West.
Exit The BP Garage Lord Charles and turn left onto Main Road. Proceed 4.3km through the town of Somerset West and bear left at Vergelegen Medi Clinic onto Sir Lowry's Pass Road.
We suggest this route because on weekends the N2 can be very congested.
From Medi Clinic travel 5.7km to the right hand turning over the railway tracks - to Sir Lowry's Pass Village. Proceed slowly through the village for 1.6km and to the T-Junction of the N2. Turn Left to Sir Lowries Pass and travel 6.2km up over the pass the the view point turning to the right.

After the view point turn right back onto the N2 and travel 10.8km to the famous Peregrine Farm Stall on the right. This is a great stop for fresh pastries.
Exit Peregrine Farm Stall and turn right onto the N2 - travel 230m and turn right again to Viljoenhoop.
Travel 5.0km then turn left onto Highlands Road. Proceed a further 8.9km before the roads becomes gravel continue on the gravel (which can be very loose in dry season) for another 10.3km until the T-Junction of R44 to Kleinmond.

Turn left and proceed 320m to the T-Junction of R43 to Hermanus. Travel 6.9km to the Botriver Junction - turn right towards Botriver and proceed through the small settlement and cross the railway line after 3.7km. Turn right onto gravel to Van der Stels Pass.

Travel 10.6km along the gravel pass to the skew Junction. Turn left and travel another 12.1km then turn right towards Villiersdorp. Proceed 3.6km to the T-Junction and turn left towards Villiersdorp and Theewaterskloof Dam. Travel 2.6km to the Tar T-Junction of the R321.
Turn right and travel 730m over the Theewaterskloof Dam to the Left turning to Franschhoek. Travel 17.8km up the Franschhoek Pass to the gravel view point turning to the right.
Exit the view point and turn right - travel 6.9km down the pass and to the T-Junction of the R45 Main Road through town. Travel 800m to
Café Cacchio Pizzeria

From the restaurants turn right on the R45 Main Road and travel 14.6km out of Franschhoek to the Junction of the R310. Turn left towards Stellenbosch. Travel 15.8km through Pniel and up over Helshoogte Pass into Stellenbosch to the T-Junction of the R44 Adam Tas.
Turn left and travel 1.8km to the fork and bare left towards Somerset West. Travel 16km on the R44 back to the Traffic lights at the Lord Charles and Main Road.

Route Info:
Achievable in both directions, but we recommend doing it in the following order:
Sir Lowries Pass, Highlands Trail Pass, Van der Stels Pass, Franschhoek Pass and then return passed Boschendal and over Helshoogte Pass and along the R44 back to Somerset West

Cellphone signal: Full Route

Start Point Lord Charles, Somerset West:
-34° 4' 5.31", +18° 49' 22.46"

Gideon's Pancake House
-33.907246, 19.117122
-33° 54' 26.09", +19° 7' 1.64"

Café Cacchio Pizzeria
-33.908383, 19.117933
-33° 54' 30.18", +19° 7' 4.56"

Weather Forecast for the Grabouw Region

Weather Forecast in Other Regions
Somerset West

Certain Garmin units in the NUVI range will only show way points and will recalculate the route if you import it. Just follow the flags (Waypoints) in this case
Petrol Stations in the Franschhoek Region
POI (Points of Interest)
Accommodation in Franschhoek
BP Garage Franschhoek
-33.906233, 19.115633
-33° 54' 22.44", +19° 6' 56.28"
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