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.
Enjoy an intimate cinematic experience in the soft comfort of leather chairs while you sip a local wine and enjoy a blockbuster or art-house film. The theatre is within a 5 minute walk away from the guesthouse.
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.
Franschhoek Adventures is your gateway to all kinds of fun, informative and adventurous activities.
Choose from outdoor activities such as hiking in our majestic mountains, mountain bike wine or village tours, cultural township and village history walks.
We also offer super fun team activities, suitable for Hen or Stag Parties, Wedding Guest groups, Birthday Parties or Team-building events. Our Amazing Franschhoek Treasure Hunts and Geocaching Trips are ideal for these groups.
Join us for our Rond-en-bont Cultural tour which allows you to experience the diversity of our beautiful valley. Our various community members are eager to share their heritage and rich cultural heritage with our visitors. Before you leave for home, pop into our Adventure Centre and pick up your special locally made keep-sake from our Momento shop. Guaranteed to keep the memory of your time in Franschhoek alive.
We cater for all ages, interests and abilities and look forward to showing off our beautiful country village to you soon.
Franschhoek Wine Tram
Experience a unique and leisurely way to see the Franschhoek Valley as you journey through rolling vineyards in a double-decker tram and open-air tram-bus stopping at some of South Africa’s oldest and most distinguished wine estates.
This combination of tram and bus transports passengers around a loop of stops allowing you to hop off and experience activities like wine tastings, cellar tours, lunch or simply a stroll through the vineyards. Franschhoek Wine Tram offers eight hop-on hop-off tours giving passengers a variety of wines, views and experiences to enjoy. Each tour is colour coded to make it easy to choose and follow. 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 and unparalleled views of the valley and vineyards.
In addition to the hop-on hop-off tour, a curated wine experience is also available to passengers who wish to spend more time to learn more about local grape varieties, cultivars and aspects of viticulture. The curated tour includes a lunch, wine tastings and a wine pairing.
Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve
The reserve is situated in part of the UNESCO declared Cape Winelands Biosphere Reserve. Situated in the Franschhoek Mountains, the reserve boasts spectacular views of the Franschhoek Valley (on a clear day one can see as far as Table Mountain), diverse plant life and well-maintained hiking and walking trails. Spectacular fynbos diversity includes: proteas, pincushions, ericas, restios and more.
Permits (R40 per person, children under 16 accompanying a paying adult enter for free) and maps are available through the Franschhoek Tourism Office and Huguenot Museum.
Babylonstoren Garden Tour
The Babylonstoren garden is at the heart of the Babylonstoren farm. It was inspired by the Company Gardens of the Cape, where for centuries ships would replenish with sweet water, vegetables and fruit at the halfway station between Europe and Asia. It also hales back to the mythical garden of Babylon.
Spanning eight acres, the Babylonstoren garden is formal in structure. Every one of over 300 varieties of plants in the garden is edible and it is grown as biologically as we can. Fruit and veg are harvested year round for use in our restaurant. The garden is divided into fifteen clusters spanning vegetable areas, berries, bees, indigenous plants, ducks and chickens and includes a prickly pear maze. Gravity feeds water into waterways from stream into the garden as it was done for 300 years.
Following the bell tower axis, the old cellar axis or the Babylonstoren hill axis, walks span over three kilometres in the garden. During spring, 7 000 clivias bloom down by the stream, where a secluded path runs in the shade of wild olives and oaks.
When visitors come to Babylonstoren, whether it’s for lunch or a garden tour, an entrance fee is required for access to our 3.5 hectare garden which is the heart of Babylonstoren.
WEEKENDS & PUBLIC HOLIDAYS:
R20 per person
R10 per child
R10 for all
Free entry for RHS members.
Please note: Closed on Christmas Day
To make a reservation email us on: [email protected]