Things to do in Franschhoek
The Franschhoek Valley offers shopping, wine tasting, fine dining, relaxed lunching, large screen rugby viewing, walking, hiking, cycling, horse-riding, fly fishing, jeu de boules and golf. There is even something for those looking for an activity with a kick: adrenaline junkies can paraglide to the perfect aerial view of the village.
A host of shops and galleries line the Main Street, providing a wonderful choice of antiques, world class collections of artworks and interesting bric-a-brac to browse through. There are also specialty shops such as book shops, a chocolate factory and a carpet maker.
For a wine tour with a difference, hop onto a horse and visit a few of the Vignerons de Franschhoek. However, those in favour of a more sedate excursion might prefer to just drive themselves or engage the services of a local guide to make their visits memorable.
For the more energetic there are numerous walking trails in the surrounding mountains - particularly in the Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve. Hire a bicycle and explore on your own, or go wine tasting on horseback. There are a number of trout fishing spots in various streams and dams in the area where you could catch your own dinner.
Franschhoek hosts troughout the year a diversity of festivals: the Franschhoek Literary Festival in May, the South African Cheese Festival in February, Bastille Day in July and the Champagne Festival in December.
The Huguenot Museum
The Huguenot museum is home to many art effects that have been indigenous to Franschhoek for many years. The museum captures the history of the area through the different Huguenot pieces that has great value to the residents of Franschhoek as well as people with a passion for preservation and history. The beautiful gardens are a bonus.
Franschhoek Motor Museum
The Franschhoek Motor Museum offers visitors a special opportunity to look back at more than 100 years of motoring history with its unique and exciting collection of vehicles, motorcycles, bicycles and memorabilia in the magnificent setting of L'Ormarins Vineyards.
Museum van de Caab - Solms-Delta
The estate known as Delta was first planted to vines in the 17th century, but it was only in 2001 that it began to redress the painful history upon which the SA wine industry was built. This was done through the granting of a substantial shareholding to historically disadvantaged tenant-workers on the estate, and the establishment of a museum which provides visitors with an authentic experience that does not gloss over the facts.
It explores our history from all points of view, with special emphasis on the personal experiences of dispossessed Koi-San, pioneer settlers, slaves, and the current resident labourers - who remember only too well what it meant to be a farm-worker in the apartheid years - but also our hopes for the future.
Grande Provence Estate - The Gallery
The Gallery at Grande Provence has established itself as a leading location for contemporary South African art and a home for some of the best known South African artists. The Gallery features all the visual art forms, including painting, the graphic arts, sculpture, ceramics, and glass as well as jewellery from leading South African designers. Exhibitions change on a regular basis, usually with 6-weekly intervals.
David Walters at Roubaix House Gallery
Roubaix House Gallery is the home, studio and gallery of distinguished South African potter, David Walters. The downstairs studio offers visitors an insight into the production of studio ceramics, where David can be seen at work. Using white clays like stoneware and porcelain, the work is thrown on the wheel, and fired in a gas reduction kiln on the premises. Highly usable pots are made in this way, as well as decorated smoke fired pieces and stand alone collectable bowls, urns and platters - and some slumped glass too. The gallery comprises three intimate showrooms where recent work is offered for sale.
The Screening Room
Enjoy an intimate cinematic experience in soft-soft comfort of leather chairs or back row couches at The Screening Room. Sip a local wine, savour a snack and enjoy your complimentary movie, from old time classics to cinema nouveau movies. Proving popular already are themed iCi Supper Club evenings, which include an early dinner at iCi restaurant, followed by a movie.
Pearl Valley Golf Course
Spanning some 212 hectares of prime Cape Winelands real estate, Pearl Valley Golf Estates is an exclusive 500-home residential development surrounding a magnificent 18-hole Jack Nicklaus signature golf course. This spectacular course provides one of the top golf experiences in South Africa -and one of the best in the world.