Do not expect a small country village when you go on a tour to Franschhoek in the Western Cape of South Africa. Franschhoek is everything but a small quiet little South African country village. Here you will find a little bit of ‘French flair‘ in South Africa. In my opinion a very touristy spot, but definitely worth a visit. Especially if you love speciality and high quality shopping. The main road is lined with sidewalk cafe’s, restaurants and curio shops. It is a wonderful place for a Sunday afternoon stroll or Saturday day trip in the Western Cape. (Only a 1 hour (81,3 km) trip form Cape town City center.)
It is only a 1 hour (81,3 km) drive form Cape town City center.
Unfortunately there are no bus or train service directly to Franschhoek. We would definitely recommend renting your own car or alternatively luxury hotels usually offer airport transfers. Uber Services are available in Cape Town.
When going on a wine tour or planning to do a few wine tastings, we definitely recommend the Franschhoek Wine Tram. Park your car and hop on hop off where ever you like. Simply hop off at a wine estate and enjoy a wine tasting, cellar tour or lunch and then hop on again to the next estate.
For reservations see link below “Things to do”.
Explore the winelands on a bicycle. The e-bikes (‘electronic bikes’) makes this experience so much fun and it is definitely something different to experience the Winelands – Franschhoek by bike. Vinebikes guided and self guided e-bike wine farm tours. You can decide to explore with a guide or on your own. Visit their webpage for more information. (Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Banhoek Valley.)
This is a family-friendly activity. There are kiddy seats and half-wheelers and the e-bike is battery operated making it easier to paddle. The bikes do have saddlebags but on any wine tour in the Cape it would be a good idea to have a back-pack to keep your hands free.
Franschhoek is very much all about wine and the Wine Estates in and around town. You will be spoiled with choice between historical Cape Dutch Farm Houses and beautiful Cellar tours.
Cape Town International Airport (CPT) is the closest to Franschhoek. From here we would recommend hiring a car with GPS set to “main routes” as this would be your fastest way to get to Franschhoek and enjoy a day of exploring. (Best route to follow is via the N1 and R45.)
Accommodation in the Franschhoek valley could be quite expensive. But, here you will find some of the most exquisite places to stay in the Cape. However, with our trusted links below you are sure to find something for every budget.