Stellenbosch is only 23 miles (37 km) from Franschhoek, and the only way to travel the short distance between these towns is by car. You can choose between self-driving a rental car, hiring a private transfer, or using the rideshare app Uber.
The quickest route (40 minutes without stops) can be made into a multi-hour affair with the numerous sites of interest along the way, including nature reserves, the Franschhoek Motor Museum, and the Haute Cabriere Tasting Room. Traveling with a private transfer or rideshare is recommended for travelers who plan on partaking in wine tasting on the way.
An alternate route takes takes double the time (though it’s still relatively short, at just 1.5 hours) and includes scenic ocean views. Those who take this route have the option to stop at Somerset West, Gordon’s Bay, and three more nature reserves.
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By Private Transfer or Rental Car
Duration: 40 minutes - 1.5 hours
Taking a private transfer is a great option for those who hope to go wine tasting along the way. Most private transfers offer a set fee regardless of the number of travelers. Another option is the rideshare app, Uber, which is more affordable. Those who plan on self-driving can easily rent a car in Stellenbosch.
The quickest route for this journey is along the R310 and R45 and takes only 40 minutes, though it’s encouraged to factor in extra time to explore. Those hoping to visit a reserve can take a slight detour to either Jonkershoed Nature Reserve or Simonsberg Nature Reserve en route. Both reserves offer the chance to see the famous Cape Fynbos, have a picnic, or choose between short walking trails and longer hiking routes. Those who stop at Jonkershoed may also enjoy swimming in one of the reserve’s rivers during summer months. Travelers can also visit Franschhoek Motor Museum which is famous for collectible vehicles that date back to over 100 years ago. Those planning on going wine tasting can stop at Haute Cabriere Tasting Room.
Alternatively, travelers can leave Stellenbosch via the R44 and travel along the N2, R321, and R45. This route takes twice as long but includes scenic ocean views. En route, travelers can stop at Somerset West which is home to numerous wine estates and famous restaurants. This route also takes travelers through Sir Lowry’s Pass, famous for spectacular mountain and ocean views, and those hoping to visit the beach can stop at the charming harbor town of Gordon’s Bay. The Hottentots Nature Reserve, Groenlandberg Nature Reserve, and Haweqwa Nature Reserve each only require a short detour.
After arriving in Franschhoek, travelers can get around by car, private transfer or foot.