Discover Franschhoek

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Franschhoek is indeed a beautiful valley, surrounded by magnificent mountains and draped with green vines. Home to many venerable wine estates and known worldwide for its exquisite restaurants. There are many delightful boutique shops and art galleries in the village.

Franschhoek Wine Tram

The Franschhoek Wine Tram hop-on hop-off tour is one of the best ways to discover the true essence of the Franschhoek Valley – picturesque vineyards, breath-taking scenery, warm hospitality, world-class cuisine, fine wines and a 300 year history.

Passengers aboard the hop-on hop-off tour will experience a unique and leisurely way to see the Franschhoek Valley as they journey through rolling vineyards in an open-side tram and open-air tram-bus stopping in at some of South Africa’s oldest and most distinguished wine estates.

A combination of tram and tram-bus transports passengers around a loop of stops allowing them to hop-off at each stop and experience the activities on offer, be it wine tasting, a cellar tour, lunch or simply a stroll through the vineyards and when they are ready, hop-on to continue the tour.
The tour takes passengers right into the heart of the Franschhoek Valley, with a narration focusing on the history of Franschhoek and wine cultivation in the valley, complimentary wine tastings and unparalleled views of the valley and vineyards.

The Huguenot Monument

The Huguenot Memorial Monument in Franschhoek was inaugurated on April 17th, 1948. With its simplicity and elegance of line the monument displays a historic French character.The female figure, with the Bible in her right hand and broken chain in her left hand, personifies the spirit of religious freedom. The fleur-de-lis (French lily) on her robe represents a noble spirit and character. She discards the cloak of suppression to triumph above the earth globe in its own spiritual space. Her gaze is fixed on a majestic vision of coming things. On the portrayed Southernmost point of Africa to where the frail ships transported the Huguenots, the symbols of their religion (the Bible), art and culture (the harp), the agriculture and viticulture (the sheaf of corn and grape vine) and industry (spinning wheel) are portrayed.

The three lofty arches is a symbol of the Holy Trinity. Above it the Sun of Righteousness shines, and above that the Cross as symbol of Christian faith is mounted. The water pond, reflecting the colonnade behind it, expresses the undisturbed tranquility of mind and spiritual peace the Huguenots experienced after much conflict and strife.

Hiking -Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve

This nature reserve offers 3 hiking trails which all of them are day walks. The reserve is in the Franschhoek Mountains with breathtaking views.

Walk to Du Toitskop (1418m):
Time: 5 hours
Distance: 7km return
Medium to high level
Walk to View Point (Wemmershoek look out, 1456m)
Time: 3 hours
Distance: 8km
Gentle and moderate
Walk to Perdekop (1575m)
Time: 8 hours
Distance 15km return
High level of fitness

Permits are required to access the Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve which can be obtained from the Franschhoek Wine Valley office @ R30 per person.
You can also do a guided walk with Koringberg Toere.
Please contact Izak Rust for bookings and more information: Tel 021 876 2659.

Franschhoek On Horse Back

Wine tasting on horseback (± 4 hours)
Take a scenic ride through vineyards, forests and over mountains, stopping at the Rickety Bridge Winery and Mont Rochelle before returning to the stables. The total riding time is around 2 hours and 30 minutes, with 30-45 minute stops at each wine estate.

Franschhoek- Bike or Saddle

After meeting your guides and a brief trip orientation, we shuttle to the beautiful wine growing area of Franschhoek ("French Corner") for a cycle through what is arguably one of the most picturesque villages in Southern Africa surrounded by lush wine estates. The wine tasting and mountain views are unbeatable and a must for those who appreciate the perfect confluence of human creativity and nature's bounty.

Mountain bike touring needn’t be all about grinding your gears and eating dirt. Rather go on a leisurely tour of the winelands, a bicycle allowing you to explore scenic back roads. Take in the views and indulge in a bit of wine tasting without worrying about drinking and driving.
This is a luxury mountain bike tour through the Franschhoek winelands with lots of flexibility. If you want to ride all day, go for it. If you want to potter around town on your bike stopping at every vineyard for a tasting that’s also cool. And if you’re a real dirt hound – no worries, we’ll take you to single-tracking.

Included in the day are up to 5 estates, wine tasting, a cellar tour or two, chocolate tasting and a gourmet lunch. Discover this fairest of the wine corners in Africa!

Dining Out

Franschhoek restaurants take food very seriously. It is not for nothing that, packed with prize winning Eat Out Top 20 restaurants, Franschhoek is known as the Gourmet Capital of South Africa. Cuisine is meant to do more than just nourish, each mouthful is meant to transport you to another world. After experiencing exceptional food you should fall head over heels in love with it. You should be dreaming about it, yearning after it, wanting more of it for the rest of your life. It should be something you can never forget and are constantly chasing after. The 36 Franschhoek restaurants, and 4 South African 5 star chefs, continuously produce cuisine that does just that becomes your palate’s first love.

 

We wish you a very pleasant stay with us at the Franschhoek Boutique Hotel

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