Franschhoek, South Africa
Discover endless countryside, bountiful wine estates and a sense of elegant, yet rustic living in the breathtaking region of Franschhoek in South Africa
Situated in the heart of the Mont Rochelle nature reserve, Franschhoek is located about 50 miles east of Cape Town, around a 90-minute drive away - ideal for a day trip if you’re staying in the city. This quaint town provides a mix of interesting galleries, gourmet restaurants, and stylish boutiques, surrounded by impressive mountain scenery and some of the finest vineyards in the country.
Our advice? This is a town to explore slowly; sipping a glass of crisp wine in the sun, sampling the local delicacies and strolling its captivating streets.
Things to do in Franschhoek
As one of the most popular wine regions in South Africa, a visit to one of Franschhoek’s many wine farms should be top of your list, with many also offering elegant on-site restaurants and farm shops to enjoy. But aside from wine, the region is also known for its unbeatable scenery and a wealth of outdoorsy activities, making it perfect for families and couples alike.
Other things to do in Franschhoek include:
- Franschhoek wine tram - looking for a unique way to try some famous Franschhoek wine? The town’s quirky wine tram allows you to hop on and off at your choice of wine estate, complete with a friendly tour guide and delicious wine to sample on board - an experience you simply can’t miss.
- Gourmet restaurants - touted as somewhat of a gastronomy hotspot, the restaurant scene in Franschhoek is well worth checking out, with the town being home to a whole host of high-end establishments. Our favorites include Le Petite Colombe, Epice, and Le Coin Francais.
- Outdoor activities - from hot-air ballooning and golf to horse riding, hand-gliding, and hiking, you can do it all in Franschhoek’s beautiful countryside landscape.
- Shopping and art hunting - home to many independent shops and boutiques, there are plenty of places to indulge in some retail therapy, or, get your culture fix by visiting one of the town’s galleries such as Ebony/Curated or Manz Art.
From spectacular countryside hideaways with scenic views to rustic yet luxurious lodges and guesthouses, you’ll be spoiled for choice with our curated selection of Franschhoek hotels and accommodations. Speak to one of our friendly travel experts who will happily match you to your dream place to stay.
Avondrood Guest House
Franschhoek, The Winelands, South Africa
Avondrood Guest House is one of our favorite places to stay in the Winelands. Located in a tranquil area yet close to the bustle of Franschhoek village, this is the perfect base from which to explore the area and sample its many delights.
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Greater Kruger National Park, Cape Town & the Winelands
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