Attractions IN Franschhoek

Landmarks / Museums

Boekenhoutskloof House

Boekenhoutskloof wine estate produces a couple of well-known wines - The Wolftrap, Porcupine Ridge and The Chocolate Block. It lies in the farthest corner of the Franschhoek valley. The farm has been here since 1776 ...

Popular Tourist Routes / Wine Estates

Franschhoek Food and Wine Route

Franschhoek Wine Valley Food and Wine Route includes the restaurants and wine estates that fall into the Franschhoek valley, even if these borders have relaxed somewhat to include the R45 between Klapmuts and Simondium. Already regarded as the 'gourmet ...

Museums

Franschhoek Motor Museum

If you are even vaguely into cars, then the Franschhoek Motor Museum is worth a visit. Over 400 vehicles that range from the Beeston Motro Tricycle (1898) to the 2003 Ferrari model, there is something to make everyone drool, even if you're not an ardent ...

Mountain Passes

Franschhoek Pass

Completely closed off from the rest of the world on its eastern flank by the Franschhoek Mountains, the town of Franschhoek is accessible via only two routes: Route 45 from either Stellenbosch or Paarl, or south-east of Franschhoek via the Franschhoek ...

Wine Estates

Franschhoek Wine Estates

Franschhoek has been one of South Africa’s chief wine-making regions for centuries, and this history permeates every element of the town. Historical architecture adds to the experience of sampling some of the world’s finest wines for a truly memorable ...

Wine Routes

Franschhoek Wine Route

The Valley of the Huguenots, as Franschhoek is also known, became home to a community of French Huguenots who fled their country from religious persecution. The Huguenots soon recognised that this valley had very similar weather to the wine growing ...

Landmarks

Groot Drakenstein Prison

The Groot Drakenstein correctional facility (the former Victor Verster maximum security prison near Simondium, between Franschhoek and Paarl) is a working prison that was renamed in 2000. It is on the map chiefly because this was the last place in which ...

National Monuments

Huguenot Memorial Museum

The story of the Huguenot Memorial Museum is quite fascinating, and lends the building and its contents a certain charm and intrigue. In the 1700’s, the Saasveld building was the home of Baron Willem Ferdinand van Reede van Oudtshoorn, who built it in ...

Nature Reserves

Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve

Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve lies in part of the UNESCO Cape Winelands Biosphere Reserve on the Franschhoek Pass. Described by visitors as 'incredible' and 'beautiful', the reserve is extremely popular with hikers and day visitors who head to the reserve ...

Golf Courses

Pearl Valley on Val de Vie Estate

The Pearl Valley course is surrounded by the Simonsberg and Drakenstein Mountains and bordered by vineyards with The Berg River water hazard running through it. Pearl Valley Signature Golf Estate and Spa is destined to become the premier residential golf ...

Lakes / Dams / Nature Reserves

Theewaterskloof Dam

On the Sonderend River close to the little town of Villiersdorp lies Theewaterskloof Dam. It is a large, sprawling, remarkably unround dam that lies on the R45 that links Villiersdorp to Franschhoek. Parts of the drive past the dam are almost surreal ...

Attractions AROUND Franschhoek

Museums

Afrikaanse Taalmuseum (Language Museum)

The Afrikaanse Taalmuseum (language museum) in Paarl, set on the banks of the Berg River, and roughly 50 kilometres north east of Cape Town, is at once associated with the Afrikaanse Taalmuseum, and a dedication to the Afrikaans language. The Afrikaans ...

Mountain Passes / Mountain Reserves / World Heritage Sites

Boland Mountain Complex

The Boland Mountain Complex includes the Kogelberg Nature Reserve, Jonkershoek Nature Reserve, Assegaaibosch Nature Reserve, Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve, and Limietberg Nature Reserve. About 40 km to the east of Cape Town, ...

Wine Estates

Bottelary Hills Wine Estates

Nestled amidst the idyllic beauty of the Cape Winelands is the Bottelary Hills region, home to a number of acclaimed wine farms as well as to the Bottelary Hills Renosterveld Conservancy. This area (including Stellenbosch) was founded by explorer Simon ...

Birdlife or Wildlife Sanctuaries / Landmarks / Popular Tourist Routes / Uniquely South African / World Heritage Sites

Cape Floral Region

Cape Floristic Region is a South African UNESCO World Heritage Site: Cape Floral Region Protected Areas in the Western Cape Province, South Africa also known as The Cape Floral ...

Nature Reserves

Cape Winelands Biosphere Reserve

Lying within the Western Cape's Cape Floral Kingdom, the 322 030 hectare Cape Winelands Biosphere Reserve (CWBR) lies roughly 40 km east of Cape Town. It was officially registered by UNESCO in September 2007. The Cape Winelands Biosphere Reserve is ...

Mountain Passes

Du Toitskloof Pass

Du Toitskloof Pass lies on the R101 between Paarl and Worcester, although these days most people are not even aware they're on the pass for they opt to use the Huguenot Tunnel, which means you shave a significant 11 kilometres off the original drive. You ...

Landmarks / Mountain Passes

Helshoogte Pass

Helshoogte Pass, one of the most loved and travelled roads in the Western Cape, links Stellenbosch with the Drakenstein Valley, a scenic pass that transports one over the saddle that separates Simonsberg from the Jonkershoekberge and wends its way past ...

Nature Reserves

Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve

The 42,000 ha Reserve stretches from Elgin in the south to beyond Villiersdorp in the north, and from the Stellenbosch mountains in the west, eastwards to the Groenland mountains. The entrance to the reserve is at Nuweberg, situated high in Viljoen's ...

Nature Reserves

Jonkershoek Nature Reserve

The beautiful Jonkershoek Nature Reserve lies in the Jonkershoek Valley just above Stellenbosch. Surrounded by the magnificent Jonkershoek Mountains, part of the Boland mountain range, this is the place for wonderful hikes within their peaks and ...

Nature Reserves

Limietberg Nature Reserve

Lying in the Du Toitskloof Mountains close to Paarl, Limietberg Nature Reserve is a beautiful space in which to spend time, particularly if you are a hiker. There are nine separate hiking trails that wind through fynbos, indigenous forest, rugged and ...

Nature Reserves

Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve

The reserve is easy to get to and its network of paths make a walk up the mountain very much a part of the average Paarl resident's everyday life. The circular Klipkers nature trail takes roughly two hours to complete, comes with a guidebook to help you ...

Wine Routes

Paarl Vintners Wine Route

Paarl Vintners has earned its place as the world’s first ‘red route’ because of its focus on wines such as Roodeberg, Cabernet Sauvignon, port and Shiraz. The Paarl district includes the wards of Franschhoek and Wellington as well as the newer wards of ...

Nature Reserves

Simonsberg Conservancy

Head to the slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain in Stellenbosch, in the heart of the winelands, where you can explore a series of MTB trails and hikes on the Uitkyk, Delheim and Muratie estates. These wine estates lie in the ...

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National Monuments

Afrikaanse Taal Monument

Known simply as the Taal monument or Afrikaans language monument, the most famous Afrikaans icon, die Afrikaanse Taalmonument, sits on Paarl rock, erected in 1975 to commemorate the semi centenary of Afrikaans as an official language, separate from ...

Nature Reserves

Assegaaibosch Nature Reserve

Just outside Stellenbosch, lying in the beautiful Jonkershoek Valley, is Assegaaibosch Nature Reserve. It is a particularly scenic nature reserve set on the Eerste River with the Stellenbosch Mountain in the background and SAFCOL plantations and ...

Museums

Burgerhuis Museum

The Burgerhuis, a cultural museum in Stellenbosch, is one of a group of historical buildings that surround the village green, also know as the Braak. Stellenbosch’s village green was laid out as early as 1703 as a parade ground that today lies at the ...

Birdlife or Wildlife Sanctuaries / Miscellaneous

Butterfly World

Butterfly World, the largest butterfly park in South Africa, lies at the cross roads of Paarl, Stellenbosch and Wellington, just off the N1 at exit 47, near a little village known as Klapmuts. A visit to Butterfly World is a stop that takes little ...

Entertainment / Landmarks

Cape Town Film Studios

Cape Town Film Studios lie on the edge of Cape Town, just off the N2 where it meets Baden Powell Drive. Almost everyone in Cape Town knows the studio because of the two pirate ships alongside the N2. There is reportedly a beach-side village ...

Landmarks / Miscellaneous

Champion Trees

It is difficult to believe, when you first stroll down the predominantly oak-lined streets of Stellenbosch, that not every tree is a champion tree. There are so many of them and they tower above you, obviously decades old ...

Golf Courses

De Zalze Golf Club

Course architect Peter Matkovich, designer of the Leopard Rock, Arabella & Pinnacle Point course to name a few, has created a stunning course and succeeded in creating an course where accuracy is valued above all else. Challenges include the ...

Golf Courses

Devonvale Golf Course

Nestled in the Bottelary Valley Hills, just 5 minutes outside of the Stellenbosch, Devonvale is a championship golf course that was originally designed by Ken Elkin, a favourite course architect who designed the more notable of Western Cape courses. In ...

Landmarks

Dorp Street

Dorp Street is a particularly delightful, and historically rich, road along which to wander when in Stellenbosch. If you enjoy walking (and who doesn't like to stroll through a country village) then this part of the 'old town' of Stellenbosch with its ...

Landmarks / Miscellaneous

Gouda Wind Farm

The Gouda wind farm, the largest wind farm in the Western Cape, lies 115 km north east of Cape Town. Its 46 three-MW turbines joined the grid in September 2015, the first wind farm in the country to use concrete towers instead of the usual steel ...

Franschhoek as a destination

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Du Toitskloof, Gouda, Groot Drakenstein, Klapmuts, Paarl, Pniel, Simondium, Stellenbosch, Tulbagh, Wellington

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