Kick start your experience in Franschhoek with a visit to the world renowned Huguenot Fine Chocolates – pure chocolate heaven! Indulge in a chocolate tour which includes the history of chocolate, a chocolate making demo, tasting and small gift. Should you visit them during the Easter holidays don’t miss out taking a ‘dip with a marshmallow’ in their chocolate fountain, or stock up on delicious Easter inspired pastries.
What would a visit to Franschhoek be without enjoying a laid back picnic on a beautiful wine farm? A must on your to do list. Enjoy a summer picnic at Boschendal, Noble Hill, Grande Provence, Mont Rochelle Hotel and Mountain Vineyards, Alleè Bleue, Holden Manz or Solms-Delta.
Franschhoek is home to a vast selection of family friendly restaurants. Whilst mom and dad enjoy a delicious meal in a relaxed setting, the kids can play in a secure environment. Restaurants include, amongst others, Bread & Wine at Môreson, Col’Cacchio Pizzeria, Dieu Donné, Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards, La Petite Ferme, Tables at Backsberg and Val de Vie. Not only do these restaurants cater for the family, but the kiddies’ play areas have been set up with their young customers in mind.
A hop-on hop-off tour on the Franschhoek Wine Tram is one of the best ways to discover the true essence of the Franschhoek Valley – picturesque vineyards, breath-taking scenery, warm hospitality, world-class cuisine, fine wines and a 300 year history. Visitors to Anthonij Rupert Wine and L’Ormarins now also have the opportunity to experience both farms in one visit by means of their recently launched trams. Using the traditional San Francisco trams as a guideline, these trams look like their genuine counterparts with the only difference being that these do not travel on tracks but rather on the road.
For the adventurous there are numerous cycling routes available in and around the area. Should you not own a bicycle contact Franschhoek Cycles for bicycle hires. Tayne Ruddock, a qualified guide offers guided half-day bike tours tailor made to suit your needs. Alternatively a variety of horse riding tours is offered at Cape Winelands Riding and Paradise Stables. The Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve offers a number of trails through fynbos and into the mountains, ranging from short and easy to a strenuous day trail. All of them start at the main gate at the top of the Franschhoek Pass and the views are unsurpassed. You can also opt for a less strenuous walk and enjoy a garden tour at Babylonstoren. This garden was inspired by the Company Gardens of the Cape, and dates back to the mythical garden of Babylon. Every one of over 300 varieties of plants in the garden is edible and fruit and vegetables are harvested all year round for use in the restaurant.
The Franschhoek Motor Museum at L’Ormarins is heaven for anyone interested in cars, offering visitors the opportunity to look back at more than 100 years of motoring history with its unique and exciting collection of vehicles, motorcycles, bicycles and memorabilia in the magnificent setting of L’Ormarins. Museum van de Caab is a small museum located on the Solms-Delta Wine Estate and highlights the Valley’s history from the Stone Age, the slave history of the farm, recordings of San people talking and singing.
This is just a fraction of what you can expect to do. For further details visit https://franschhoek.org.za/tours-activities/franschhoek-for-families/