Franschhoek Wine Valley

Adventure and outdoors

Franschhoek offers visitors numerous walks and biking trails in the surrounding mountains and many farms in the valley offer trout fishing spots in various streams and dams.

For a wine tour with a difference hop onto a horse or a bicycle and visit a few of the Vignerons de Franschhoek. Below are some outdoor activities and experiences on offer in Franschhoek.

Biodiversity Walk with Haut Espoir

During this walk you will meander up the mountain as far as permitted depending on the time and fitness restraints. This walk has some of the best views of the valley and goes deep into Haut Espoir’s restored Fynbos section, there are some wildlife elements to this walk, tracks and spoor are identified and this can take up to three or four hours depending.

Shorter walks can also be arranged as needed and an overall explanation of the biodiversity aspect is given. The guide will touch on the medicinal properties of the fynbos and how it is encompassed in a wine farm within the fynbos environment.

To book a walk contact Rob at 021 876 4000 and try and give 24 hours notice so a guide can be arranged timeously.

Franschhoek Fishing

La Verdure Cottages

La Verdure is a working fruit farm in the heart of the valley, offering four pretty and comfortable self catering cottages. There is a large dam for swimming, stocked with trout, bass and tilapia for fishing.

Hiking in the Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve

This nature reserve offers 10 hiking trails which all of them are day walks. The reserve is in the Franschhoek Mountains with breathtaking views.

Walk to Du Toitskop (1418m):
Time: 5 hours
Distance: 7km return
Medium to high level

Walk to View Point (Wemmershoek look out, 1456m)
Time: 3 hours
Distance: 8km
Gentle and moderate

Walk to Perdekop (1575m)
Time: 8 hours
Distance 15km return
High level of fitness

Permits are required to access the Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve which can be obtained from the Franschhoek Wine Valley office @ R40 per person.

For more information on the hiking trails visit their website on or visit their Facebook Page here

Hire a bicycle from Franschhoek Cycles

Franschhoek Cycles offers a Guided Bicycle Tour in Franschhoek. A qualified and knowledgeable guide will join guests on this tour. The tour includes wine tasting at a Wine Estate in Franschhoek, a picnic and a complementary bottle of wine. To book, contact 021 876 4956.

You can also hire a bike and explore Franschhoek on your own.

Wine tasting on horseback

Paradise Stables: An exhilarating experience in the Franschhoek valley is to go wine tasting on horseback. This tour includes a tasting at Rickety Bridge winery and Mont Rochelle Hotel & Vineyard . To book a tour, please contact Paradise Stables at 021 876 2160.

Cape Winelands Riding: We offer a unique Cape Winelands riding experience for the discerning rider. From 1 or 2 hour rides through vineyards and orchards to full day packages and overnight stays (at our stable yard / premises). Private wine tasting and lunch can be included in your ride. To discuss your options call 082 924 6728 or visit

Alpha Equestrian is situated in the beautiful winelands area of the Western Cape. Nestled in the Simondium Valley between Franschhoek, Stellenbosch & Paarl. We specialise in horse riding (from beginners to advance) for the whole family, for couples wanting that romantic ride in the orchards & vineyards, or for the avid rider looking to get in the saddle in this stunning setting. We offer outrides, lessons, shows, fun children entertainment and therapy work. Contact 061 266 2244 or email for bookings or more information.

Franschhoek Valley Walk

The Franschhoek Valley Walk offers an opportunity to experience the splendour of distinctive and spectacular countryside in Franschhoek first-hand, and in depth – covering a distance of some 30 km over 3 days. Your walking trip will be on a self-guided basis. You are guided by Route notes and maps which provide comprehensive route directions as well as local detail and highlights. This gives you the freedom to walk at your own pace.

The route starts in the fynbos-rich Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve that will reveal breathtaking scenery and a rich array of flora and fauna. You will walk through countryside and vineyards of one of the best wine-producing areas in the Cape Winelands and will discover Franschhoek’s unique history, culture and heritage.
You will stay at some of Franschhoek’s finest hotels and guest houses and visit restaurants serving mouthwatering international cuisine. Your luggage will be moved from hotel to hotel.

The Franschhoek Valley Walk is an unique way to experience the historic village, panoramic views of the valley, enjoy warm hospitality and world class cuisine- all combine to create lasting memories.

For more details go to: or contact : Andries Liebenberg – : +27(0) 82 888 1585 : +27 (0)21 852 5937

Cape Winelands Cycling

Your 5 day cycling adventure begins in Franschhoek where you will spend two nights.
This is an opportunity to experience the Cape’s finest wines while discovering the natural beauty of the Cape Winelands countryside, wine estates and historic towns. Sample renowned wines straight from the cellar and dine in some world class restaurants. Enjoy excellent accommodation, making this a trip to remember.

Read more about this package tour and the rest of the itinerary here: Cape Winelands Cycling

Franschhoek Mountain Guides

Franschhoek Mountain Guides offers guided hiking and mountain biking tours in the Franschhoek Mountains. Clients have the opportunity to learn about the history of the town as well as interesting information on the indigenous Fauna & Flora of the Fynbos biome.

Highlights include rare Protea species, game sightings, fresh drinkable mountain water, incredible views and lifetime memories.


  • Qualified guide
  • Guided Tour
  • Return transport from Franschhoek Main Road (opposite Franschhoek Wine Tram office)
  • Snack pack
  • Amazing basic fitness, appropriate walking shoes/clothes and suitable backpack are essential.

Book now: / / Tel: 071 492 1241

Franschhoek Wine Valley exists to:

  • Develop and implement marketing plans to profile the Franschhoek Wine Valley
  • Arrange and advertise events that support the Franschhoek Wine Valley brand image and which encourage visitors to the Valley
  • Represent the business interests of our members to the Stellenbosch Municipality
  • Aggregate the combined buying power of our members to leverage economy of scale benefits from service providers
  • Coordinate free advisory services and discussion forums to support our member’s businesses

Our Accolades

  • Tripadvisor Traveller's Choice Destination Winner 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015
  • Most Memorable Wine Route 2014, 2013 & 2012
  • Service Excellence Award - 2015
  • Best Tourism Event 2015 - Franschhoek Bastille Festival
  • Best Local Tourism Authority Information service 2013 & 2012

Tourism Levy

Certain establishments in Franschhoek may levy visitors with voluntary contributions towards the running of the FWV and to support local charities. Should visitors not wish to contribute to these causes, please indicate this to the relevant merchant.

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