The little slice of Winelands heaven known as Franschhoek or ‘French Corner’ is a popular destination for those of us who love to indulge in a glass or two of good Pinotage or refreshing and crispy Sauvignon. While the wine is obviously a massive attraction, there are plenty of other things to do for non-drinkers (or for those who just want to give their livers a break!). From outdoor activities to foodie favourites, here are the best things to do when in Franschhoek.
Ride the Wine Tram
The Wine Tram is definitely a must do for visitors to Franschhoek. It’s a wonderful way to see a selection of vineyards, taste wine, and trundle along the beautiful back roads of the town without having to drink and drive. You’ll get to ride in a combination of trams and buses, stopping at pre-determined times at each of the wineries on route. Get off at the ones you like, and skip the ones you’re not keen on. If you buy wine, you also don’t have to lug it around the whole day – there’s really nothing not to love here.
You can’t go wrong with whatever line you choose, but make sure to book early and choose a reasonably early departure time so that you can squeeze in an extra farm or linger for a long lunch.
Have a Picnic
Nestled in a valley and surrounded by beautiful blue-tinted mountains and lush green vineyards, Franschhoek is practically picnic paradise. There’s a multitude of spots to have a picnic here, whether you choose to pack your own and seek out a little private place or take advantage of the wineries’ picnic offerings; which often come with cheeses, handmade baked goods, cured meats, delicious quiches or tarts, local preserves and fruit, and a bottle of wine. They vary in price and offerings, but it’s a great way to experience a more relaxed side of Franschhoek while still getting to see the various wineries and even do a tasting if you wish. For couples, one of the best options is Boschendal or Mont Rochelle.
Kids will adore picnics, especially in areas where they can run around and play to their heart’s content. For families, we’d recommend Allee Bleue, which has a jumping castle, trampoline, and jungle gym to keep the little ones entertained.
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Visit the Franschhoek Motor Museum
Petrolheads will love a trip to the Franschhoek motor museum, which hosts a collection of cars, motorcycles, and vehicles which date back over one hundred years. Located on the incredible grounds of L’Ormarins, owned by Johann Rupert, the museum showcases over a century of motoring history. Vehicles on display range from modern supercars to decades-old Rolls Royces and even motorised tricycles. Everyone will recognise the Model T Ford, which has been painstakingly restored. Book a museum tour to learn more about the history of motoring and see the beautifully maintained displays, all held within the Cape Dutch style museum. From here, you can take a tram ride to Anthonij Rupert Wines, if it tickles your fancy!
Go Horse Riding
Some places are better seen at a more leisurely place, and Franschhoek is certainly one of them. You can go for a meander through the valley, or you can book a horse trail which takes you through the vineyards and stops at wineries on route for tastings and a bite to eat. The best part is that this isn’t a competition; there are no mad gallops or seeing who has the most equestrian skills. It’s simply a relaxed, slow-paced ride where you can take the time to let your surroundings sink in and enjoy the more laidback approach to life. Both Paradise Stables and Cape Winelands Riding offer trails which incorporate wineries, so take your pick.
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