Franschhoek Wine Valley

Wildlife

Franschhoek and the Cape Winelands are a nature lover’s delight. Towering mountains, rolling hills and dramatic valleys, all blanketed with the region’s unique fynbos, form inspirational landscapes. Not surprisingly this varied landscape has resulted in outstanding biodiversity. On this page we have started to record some of this diversity. We’ll keep updating these lists to show just how rich our natural heritage is and do whatever we can to ensure that we never have to remove something from them.

 

Mammals:

Latin Name: Common Name:
Aonyx capensis Cape Clawless Otter
Atilax paludinosus Water Mongoose
Caracal caracal Caracal
Chrysochloris asiatica Cape Golden Mole
Galerella pulverulenta Small Grey Mongoose
Genet tatigrina Small Spotted Genet
Hystrix africaeaustralis Porcupine
Myosorex varius Forest Shrew
Panthera pardus Leopard
Papio hamadryas Baboon
Procavia capensis Rock Hyrax (Dassie)
Pronulagus rupestris Smith’s Red Rock Rabbit
Raphicerus campestris Steenbok
Raphicerus melanotis Cape Grysbok
Rhabdomys pumilio Striped Mouse
Vulpes chama Cape Fox

 

Reptiles:

Latin Name: Common Name:
Bitis atropus Berg Adder
Bitis arietans Puff Adder
Crotaphopeltis hotamboeia Herald Snake
Dispholidus typus Boomslang
Duberria lutrix Common Slug Eater
Hemachatus haemachatus Rinkhals
Lamprophis capensis Brown House Snake
Naja nivea Cape Cobra
Pseudaspis cana Mole Snake
Psammaphylax rhombeatus Skaapsteker
Rhinotyphlops lalandei Delalandes Beaked Blind Snake

 

Birds:

Latin Name: Common Name:
Anas sparsa African Black Duck
Anas undulata Yellow Billed Duck
Anthobaphes violacea Orange-breasted Sunbird
Anthoscopus minutus Cape Penduline Tit
Anthropoides paradisea Blue Crane
Anthus crenatus African Rock Pipit
Ardea cinerea Grey Heron
Ardea melanocephala Black Headed Heron
Aquila verreauxii Verreaux’s Eagle (Black Eagle)
Batis capensis Cape Batis
Batis pririt Pririt Batis
Bubo africanus Spotted Eagle Owl
Bubo capensis Cape Eagle Owl
Buteo rufofuscus Jackal Buzzard
Buteo trizonatus Forest Buzzard
Buteo vulpinus Steppe Buzzard
Caprimulgus pectoralis Fiery-necked Nightjar
Centropus burchelli Burchell’s Coucal
Cercomela schlegelii Karoo Chat
Cercotricha scoryphaeus Karoo Scrub-Robin
Chaetops frenatus Cape Rock-jumper
Cinnyris afra Greater Double-collared Sunbird
Cinnyris chalybea Southern Double-collared Sunbird
Cinnyris fusca Dusky Sunbird
Cisticola subruficapillus Grey-backed Cisticola
Colius colius White-backed Mousebird
Cuculus solitarius Red-chested Cuckoo
Dicrurus adsimilis Fork Tailed Drongo
Elanus axillaris Black Shouldered Kite
Estrilda melanotis Swee Waxbill
Falco peregrinus Peregrine Falcon
Francolinus africanus Grey Winged Francolin
Geocolaptes olivaceus Ground Woodpecker
Haliaeetus vocifer African Fish Eagle
Hirundo cucullata Greater Striped Swallow
Ispidina picta Pygmy Kingfisher
Laniarius ferrugineus Southern Boubou
Megaceryle maxima Giant Kingfisher
Melierax canorus Southern Pale Chanting Goshawk
Milvus aegyptius Yellow Billed Kite
Monticola explorator Sentinel Rock-Thrush
Monticola rupestris Cape Rock-Thrush
Myrmecocichla formicivora Ant-eating Chat
Numida meleagris Helmeted Guineafowl
Passer melanurus Cape Sparrow
Phalacrocorax capensis Cape Cormorant
Phalacrocorax neglectus Bank Cormorant
Plectropterus gambensis Spur Winged Goose
Ploceus capensis Cape Weaver
Polyboroides typus Gymnogene
Polemaetus bellicosus Martial Eagle
Promerops cafer Cape Sugarbird
Pternistes capensis Cape Francolin
Pycnonotus capensis Cape Bulbul
Scleroptila africanus Grey-winged Francolin
Serinus flaviventris Yellow Canary
Sigelus silens Fiscal Flycatcher
Stenostira scita Fairy Flycatcher
Tadorna cana South African Shelduck
Telophorus zeylonus Bokmakierie
Tricholaema leucomelas Acacia Pied Barbet

 

Plants:

Latin Name: Common Name:
Adenandra marginata China Flower
Agapanthus africanus
Agathosma cilliaris
Agathosma glabrata
Albuca flaccida Soldier in a Box
Amaryllis belladonna March Lilly
Aristea biflora
Aristea major
Asparagus rubicundus
Athenasia dentate
Berzelia lanuginosa
Brunia stokoei
Bulbine lagopus
Bulbinella nutans
Carpobrotus edulis Sour Fig
Cassytha ciliolata
Chasmanthe aethiopica
Chondropetalum mucronatum
Chondropetalum tectorum
Cliffortia ruscifolia Climber’s Friend
Cotyledon orbiculata Pig’s Ears
Cyanella hyacinthoides
Cyclopia geistiodes
Cyclopia maculata
Dipogon lignosus
Drimia media
Drosera cistiflora Morning Dew
Elegia capensis
Erica baccans
Erica cerinthoides Fire Heath
Erica curviflora
Erica curvirostris
Erica lateralis
Erica lerouxiae
Erica longifolia
Erica mammosa
Erica perspicua
Erica plukenetii Plukenet’s Heath
Erica versicolor
Eriocephalus africanus African Rosemary
Euryops virgineus
Felicia aethiopica
Gladiolus brevitubus
Gladiolus bullatus
Gladiolus carmineus
Gladiolus hirsutus
Helichrysum pandurifolium
Ixia dubia
Lachenalia peersii
Lachenalila orchoides
Lampranthus furvus
Leonotis leonurus Wild Dagga
Leucadendron salignum
Leucadendron sessile
Leucadendron tinctum
Leucadendron xanthoconus
Leucospermum conocarpodendron
Leucospermum cordifolium
Leucospermum lineare
Leucospermum totum
Lobelia pubescens
Lobostemon fruticosus
Metalasia muricata
Micranthus alopecuroides
Mimetes cucullatus
Morea fugax
Morea tripetala
Nemesia affinis
Ornithogalum thyrsoides
Ornithogalum thyrsoides
Otholobium decumbens
Otholobium fruticans
Oxalis polyphylla
Padalyria sericea
Spiloxene capensis Peacock flower
Pelargonium capitatum
Pelargonium cucullatum
Phylica pubescens
Podalyria calyptrata
Podalyria myrtillifolia
Podocarpus elongatus
Polygala myrtifolia
Protea acuminata
Protea amplexicaulus
Protea burchelli
Protea cynaroides
Protea eximia
Protea grandiceps
Protea lorea
Protea magnifica
Protea nana
Protea nerifolia
Protea nitida
Protea repens
Protea scolymocephala
Pseudoselago serrata
Psorallea repens
Pteridium aquilinium Bracken Fern
Restio perplexus
Rhodocoma foliosa
Rhus angustifolia
Roella incurva
Salvia africana lutea
Serruria florida
Serruria gracilis
Stoebe aethiopica
Struthiola myrsinites
Sutherlandia frutescens
Thamnochortus cinereus
Trachyandra hirsutiflora
Tritonopsis lata
Typha capensis
Wachendorfia paniculata
Wachendorfia thyrsifolia
Watsonia borbonica
Watsonia schlechteri
Zantedeschia aethiopica Arum Lilly


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’s Travellers’ Choice Awards 2020 - Top 25 Emerging Worldwide Destinations (15th position).
  • 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.

Disclaimer

Maintenance & validity of all business operating permits, licences and registration certificates are the responsibility of the business owner. Franschhoek Wine Valley takes no responsibility for the renewal of the required legal business operating documentation.

 

Contact Us

Franschhoek Wine Valley

Physical Address
62 Huguenot Road
Franschhoek
7690

Office hours
Monday: 09h00 – 12h00
Tuesday to Friday: 09h00 – 16h00
Saturday: 09h00 – 13h00
Sunday: closed

Contact Details
+27(0) 21 876 2861
info@franschhoek.org.za