With the school holidays scheduled for end April why not plan a bit of fun and adventure in the Franschhoek Wine Valley. The weather is perfect to embark on the wide range of outdoor offerings in between visiting the wine estates, and other unforgettable offering the Valley is known for – award-winning wines, world-class restaurants, internationally acclaimed art galleries and so much more.
Some of the activities include:
Wine tasting on horseback
A unique way to enjoy wines from the valley as well as take in the sights and sounds, wine tasting on horseback is a must on your list of things to do when visiting. Paradise Stables takes you to Rickety Bridge and Mont Rochelle where you travel by horseback through the vineyards before enjoying a wine tasting at each of the establishments.
Cape Winelands Riding offers a unique riding experience for the discerning rider. Their packages include a one to two hour ride through the vineyards and orchards, to full day packages as well as overnight stays. Private wine tasting experiences and lunch can also be included.
La Motte Hiking Trail
The La Motte Hiking Trail offers the ideal opportunity to explore some of La Motte’s greatest natural assets and the breathtaking vistas of the Franschhoek Wine Valley. The Sustainable Hike is a further expression of La Motte’s commitment to the highest conservation and biodiversity standards and the protection of precious indigenous flora and fauna in the mountain area surrounding the estate and the adjoining Wemmershoek mountain range. The perfect opportunity to explore abundant birdlife, a protea garden, sustainably farmed vineyards, a wealth of flora, resident mammals and reptiles and the breathtaking vistas of the valley. Enjoy a Guided Hike where an experienced and passionate guide shares information on the flora and fauna as well as the region. Included in your hike is an easy to read trail map, bottle of water as well as light refreshments when stopping for a breather at the Lapa.
Franschhoek Motor Museum
The Franschhoek Motor Museum offers visitors a special 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. A car enthusiast’s dream.
Uncover the hidden horticultural treasures of this magnificent garden on an informative guided tour, which is suited for all ages. Other highlights include exploring the surrounds on their numerous cycling trails or help feed the resident farm donkeys who love nothing better than a snack of bread (or two). Young ones can feed the fish in their ponds, explore the spekbos labyrinth or see how insects make their homes in the rubble, wood or bark provided for them. A mere sampling of the wide range of family friendly activities available.
Outdoor Cinema At Boschendal
Boschendal has brought back the beloved drive-in cinema. Sit back, relax and enjoy your favourite movies while you snack on delicious farm treats with your loved ones. Open every Saturday (weather permitting) and bookings are essential. To view their full line up for April and May click here.
Farm Sanctuary SA
For a slightly different farm experience a visit to Farm Sanctuary SA will leave you with a deeper appreciation for rescued farm animals. This boutique and inspiring sanctuary offers public tours, wine-tastings, unique barn accommodation and is also home to the famous painting pig, ‘Pigcasso’. Established in 2016, Farm Sanctuary SA aims to awaken a positive connection between consumers and farm animals in order to inspire a more compassionate and sustainable World for all. For more information visit https://www.farmsanctuarysa.org/.
Don’t just come for the day. Plan to spend a night or a weekend. Choose from a wide range of accommodation – from luxury boutique hotels to quaint bed and breakfasts, deluxe five-star guesthouses as well as country style accommodation – for the perfect winelands getaway. During the month of April some of the fabulous accommodation establishments are running not-to-be-missed specials. Fleur du Soleil Luxury Guesthouse, for example, is offering 50% off their normal rates for bookings made via their website.
A mere snippet of what you are bound to uncover when you next visit SA’s leading winelands destination.
Visit www.franschhoek.org.za for more information on these activities as well as other offerings in and around the valley.