Embrace Autumn’s splendour with Franschhoek’s outdoor activities
Autumn is around the corner, and although it is one of the shorter seasons, it tends to be the most beautiful. Leaves turning from green to hues of orange and brown, and a slight yet welcome chill in the air as the days grow shorter and the nights longer. This is also the perfect time to make the most of outdoor activities before Winter sets in. And what better place to satisfy your outdoor wanderlust than the captivating Franschhoek Wine Valley.
Regarded as South Africa’s Culinary Capital and one of the leading wine regions, Franschhoek also boasts a wide selection of outdoor activities, perfectly suited for all grades of adventure enthusiasts. A hike in the Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve offers panoramic views of the valley. Breakfast Rock in the nature reserve is the perfect spot to view the valley’s splendor at sunrise or sunset. Explore the fynbos along the mountain trails and spot a baboon or two along the way. The nature reserve is home to the Cape Floral Kingdom, which contains the Fynbos Biome (8 600 different plant species), and is the world’s smallest and most species-rich floral kingdom. The Berg River hiking and biking trails are adds another dimension to Franschhoek’s vistas. La Motte Wine Estate has its own hiking trail which is available for hikers to explore between 9am and 2pm daily. If you prefer a more relaxing walk the garden tour at Babylonstoren is where you want to be. The kids will have a ball exploring the garden whilst munching off fruit they’ve picked themselves.
Keen to explore Franschhoek on a bicycle? Franschhoek has numerous cycling routes available in and around the area, which are perfectly suited for the whole family. Bring along your bike or hire one through Franschhoek Cycles. The Franschhoek Pass is also a popular cycling route and offers beautiful views of the valley. Boschendal also hire out mountain bikes to visitors to explore their scenic routes. Need a little more horsepower? Scootours Franschhoek offer an adventurous way to explore the magnificent mountains and wine farms in and around Franschhoek, in a fun family friendly way.
Horse riding is also a popular activity, which can be arranged through the Paradise Stables or Cape Winelands Riding. Cape Winelands Riding offers pony rides for the younger visitors.
For the thrill seekers Chamonix offers an unforgettable helicopter experience. Exploring Franschhoek with a bird’s eye view will no doubt make your friends green with envy. Complement your Chamonix experience with a game drive where you’ll get the chance to observe a variety of game, such as ostrich, zebra, eland, bontebok and springbok in their natural habitat.
This is a mere sample of what outdoor enthusiasts can expect to find when exploring one of South Africa’s most loved wine regions. For more information on outdoor activities in and around Franschhoek visit www.franschhoek.org.za.