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
The guide/driver was friendly, helpful and cared for the group. We've managed to do wine tastings in three different estates in Stellenbosch and Franchhoek and also some short walks around these towns. Some improvement suggestions: - the guide's English was at times really hard to understand and hence often did not bring any knowledge about the area - a 30-mins walk in Stellenbosch definitely not enough - the wine tram might be dropped from the itinerary, nothing to be seen there which can't be seen from the van - a longer walk in one of the vineyards would be nice, all we did was just walk in/out and tasting
This was a great day out, the guide was informative and we had a bit of time to look around Franschhoek town. We would like to have selected a nice restaurant (as suggested in the blurb) rather than the café we ate at. The 3 wine tastings were fun and gave you a good flavour for the different wines of the region; it would still suit a serious wine buff just to get your bearings for the areas of Stellenbosch, and Franschhoek and Paarl. Over all quite good value for the money, I would recommend this tour.
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.
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.
Our guid was very cool easy relaxed guied with the main concern of us enjoying our time. Treated us real good and kept recommending activities and what to eat and drink to really get to know the area. Also the guid gave us many explanations about the history and the cloture of the place. We had a great time and defenetly recomend.