Exit the airport in the direction of the N2 expressway (Cape Town). Turn off at the Somerset West sign (watch for it - it comes up quite soon). Keep on the N2 and exit at the Baden Powell Drive/Stellenbosch sign.
Turn left and continue for quite a distance (past Spier Estate) until you come to a T- junction. Turn right onto the dual road - this leads into the town of Stellenbosch. Continue along this road (Adam Tas Street) until you pass the railway station on your left.
You come to a yield sign leading to the left. Keep going left. Keep straight on until just past the industrial/commercial areas then look for a sign to the right saying 'Franschhoek via Helshoogte Pass'.
Go right through the pass (past Boschendal Estate) until you reach a T-junction, Turn Right and about 15km later you will find yourself in Franschhoek.
Directions from Cape Town Centre (about an hour's drive):
Take the N1 expressway towards Paarl. Drive a fairly long way until you get to exit 47 where the sign says R44/R103 Stellenbosch Klapmuts, Wellington. Turn Right.
Drive for 400 metres and at the 4 way stop street, go straight over. Shortly after there is a turning to the left with a sign saying Franschhoek. Continue for about 9km until you come to a T-junction. Turn right and keep driving until you find yourself in Franschhoek.
Directions from Route 62: (Oudtshoorn;Calitzdorp;Ladismith;Barrydale;Montagu)
From Montagu you can either go directly to Robertson via Ashton or a longer but very pretty route is to go to Robertson via Bonnievale.
Go through Robertson in the direction of Worcester. Before you get to Worcester you pass 2 small farm stalls Nuy on your left. Shortly thereafter is another farm stall with a big tree (usually full of pumpkins).
At the sign saying 'Aan De Doorns', turn left. At the T-junction, turn left towards Villiersdorp. Go straight through Villiersdorp. When you get to a bridge over a large lake (Threewaterkloof Dam), turn right.
The sign says 'Franschhoek'. Go over the Franschhoek Pass. When in the village, look for a sign on the right saying Akademie Street Guesthouses. Follow the sign and you are in Akademie Street shortly thereafter.
(It is worth looking around the towns of Barrydale, Calitzdorp and Montagu. In Calitzdorp visit the Boplaas farm).
To find Akademie Street Guesthouses once in Franschhoek:
Drive through Franschhoek to the end of the town - the monument is in front of you. Turn left. The second road is Akademie Street, turn left ( you cannot go right). Come to Twyfeling at the big Oak trees on the right. You will see the Akademie Street Guesthouses sign.
If you get lost, please call Akademie Street Guesthouses at 021 876 3027 or 082 655 5308.