Top attractions in Franschhoek
No visit to Cape Town, South Africa would be complete without exploring the nearby and stunning Franschhoek Valley. Considered to be the food and wine capital of South Africa, Franschhoek is home to several picturesque vineyards and world class restaurants.
A variety of wineries can be found there, boasting cellars both large and small. Visitors can arrange to take a wine tour to learn about the fascinating history and process of wine making, as well as sample the finished product.
The wine making tradition stems from the Huguenots, French Protestants who originally settled in the area in the late seventeenth century seeking religious freedom. The Dutch government there gave the pilgrims land in the valley, which became known as Franschhoek, or French Corner. A Huguenot monument and museum stand in the village and tell the story of these colonists .
The neighboring village of Hermanus, which overlooks Walker Bay, is known as an outstanding spot for whale watching. During the season, June through November, the Southern Right Whales can be seen in the Atlantic Ocean from a cliff top vantage point along the coastline.
Not to be missed is a drive along the scenic Garden Route, which stretches between Cape Town and Knysna. Abundant in lush green vegetation, lakes and lagoons, guests can enjoy the mildest climate in South Africa there.
What people are saying about Franschhoek
If your main focus is drinking wine, we can only recommend you this wine tasting tour! In total you get to taste at least 22 different wines in 4 different estates. Tania is a great tour guide and we enjoyed our time to the fullest. She was very knowledgeable and super fun! If you want to see more of the regions as well, then you probably need to book another one with less visits. As you get tastings on 4 vineyards, you drive from tasting to tasting, but don't really have much time to spend to see the villages. We addressed already that we would not go back to one of the estates as none of our group enjoyed their wine, but we also understand that everyone's taste is different. The place although is absolutely beautiful!
Had a wonderful experience and our guide, Albert was a great guy! It was like a private tour for us as we had the whole mini bus by ourselves! Albert brought us to some of the nicest wineries in Franschhoek and Stellenbosch. He was knowledgeable of the places we went to and gave us enough time to enjoy our wine and make the most of our experience. He was also kind enough to drop us at Camps Bay after the tour.
Amazing tour and amazing tour guide - Theunis. Perfectly organized, well chosen wineries, majestic landscapes, beautiful gardens and delicious wine and lunch. But this tour wouldn't be the same without Theunis - the great music he chose on our ride, his knowledge and professionalism - all that made an unfortgettable day. Thank you Theunis :-)
I had a nice day andnhad the chance to have some company while travelling alone. Wines were fine while quality of explanations in the wine places was diverse, food in every place would have been nice since you taste several wines. Tour guide offered an enormous ammount of information about different aspects along the journey which was lovely.
About the wine tasting, it lack a lot of information about how to taste it, and about the production process. The first place gave much more info, second and third place lack of information. The lady that guided the last wine tasted had a rude manner witch we all in the group comment it was not a nice experience.