Franschhoek Wine Valley

Franschhoek Mystery Weekends – a must for your bucket list

Imagine an all-inclusive winelands getaway, where your weekend has been meticulously planned for you from check in to check out. You’d be forgiven for thinking it’s a dream, but this can be your reality. Franschhoek’s popular Mystery Weekends holds the promise of surprise, relaxation and pure indulgence.

Your all-encompassing weekend includes all that Franschhoek is known for – from luxurious accommodation, award-winning wines, gourmet cuisine and bespoke experiences. Since its inception in 2012 the Mystery Weekends have welcomed almost 2 000 visitors to the region, reaffirming Franschhoek as one of SA’s premier travel destinations.

“It’s always been a fun filled weekend and the anticipation of not knowing your location until you draw your box adds to the excitement. You can never tire of what is on offer in Franschhoek. It’s excellent value for the entire weekend compared to the high season rates and we have met some wonderful new friends from past Mystery Weekends,” comments a regular Mystery Weekend guest.

The Franschhoek Mystery Weekends are ideally suited to couples, seeking time out from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The allure of the weekend is that you don’t need to book a single thing as it is all taken care of for you.

Your experience starts with an exclusive (and unconventional) check in event planned for all guests. Mingle over a glass of wine before opening your special Mystery Weekend box, which contains all of the exciting details as to where you’ll be staying, where you’ll be dining and what you’ll be experiencing, including a fun and informal evening where you are welcomed to the valley in true Franschhoek fashion.

Although most of your weekend is pre-planned there is ample time to enjoy a leisurely stroll through the village to browse the local market, art galleries, artisanal chocolate shops and bespoke boutique ateliers you’re bound to discover.

Choose between three fabulous packages on offer, which are categorized according to their accommodation offerings.

Ultimate (R8 200 per couple)
The crème de la crème of accommodation in the valley.

Superior (R5 650 per couple)
Stylish boutique hotels and guest houses.

Premium (R5 300 per couple)
Premium self-catering accommodation in the heart of the valley.

The cost per couple includes the following:
• Two nights’ accommodation;
• Breakfast daily;
• A surprise event on the Friday night;
• Dinner on the Saturday night;
• A light lunch on the Sunday;
• A selection of fun filled bespoke Franschhoek experiences which will be revealed upon your check and are guaranteed to be memorable.

The last date for this year’s Franschhoek Mystery Weekend is set for 27 and 28 September. Don’t delay as this weekend will sell out fast.

For bookings or queries please contact Carmen Arendse on

• Rates are for two persons sharing per weekend;
• Full payment confirms your booking;
• Not transferable and non-refundable;
• No children or infants allowed.
• Excludes transport and flights.
• Accommodation, meals and activities are not transferable.

Want to know more?

Read about a journalist’s experience at the Mystery Weekend in the July edition of the Khuluma in flight magzine here: khuluma JULY 2018 (PDF)

Book your package now!

For bookings or queries please contact Carmen Arendse on or contact 021 876 2861.

Frequently asked questions

What is a Mystery Weekend?

It is a weekend of surprise, relaxation and pure indulgence in Franschhoek. Ideally suited to couples, the Franschhoek Mystery Weekends are packaged for you and will reveal Franschhoek’s finest wines, world-class cuisine, bespoke experiences and so much more. Please note that you will only find out where you are staying and eating on the day of registration (the Friday of your weekend).

What are the dates for this year’s Mystery Weekends?

Don’t miss out, there are three Mystery Weekends in 2019:
26 and 27 July
23 and 24 August
27 and 28 September

Are the experiences that are part of my package, different to previous Mystery Weekends?

New and old!

Are the experiences that are included in my package compulsory or transferable?

The experiences are not compulsory, but should definitely not be missed. All of the experiences have been carefully handpicked to make your stay more memorable. Please note that none of the experiences are transferable for cash and can not be redeemed at a later date.

What does registration on the Friday entail?

Registration takes place at PASERENE from 14h00 – 17h00. Come and meet the Mystery Weekend team. Pick your lucky box that has your accommodation and breakfast surprise along with some other treats.

How do I book my Mystery Weekend package?

Simply contact Carmen Arendse via email at She will assist with the booking and payment options available.

What are the payment options?

In order to confirm the booking we need full pre-payment. You can pay for your booking via credit card or EFT.

Can I cancel my booking?

Unfortunately not. Your booking is 100% non-refundable. But please contact us if you do have a problem, if we can re-sell the room, we are happy to transfer the payment to one of the other dates available in the year, but this cannot be guaranteed.

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.


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

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

Contact Details
+27(0) 21 876 2861