Franschhoek Wine Valley

Solo Travelling Through Franschhoek – SA’s Valley of Dreams

There are many travellers who claim that travelling alone is the best way to experience a destination, and more so in the times we currently find ourselves in. Solo travelling allows you to discover new experiences based on your own tastes and preferences. It is also a great way to meet new people and is without a doubt a voyage of self-discovery.

Already a global phenomenon, solo travelling, and in particular female solo travelling, has become a growing trend in South Africa, and what better place to embark on solo adventures than in South Africa’s Valley of Dreams aka the Franschhoek Wine Valley. Solo travellers are guaranteed to uncover a myriad of gems, ranging from world-class wines, five-star cuisine and luxurious accommodation. Throughout the years Franschhoek has established itself as one of South Africa’s premier wine producing destinations as well as the country’s Culinary Capital.

For the outdoor enthusiast a leisurely hike through the Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve will not only uncover a plethora of fauna and flora, but you’ll also be treated to amazing panoramic views of the valley. And the snow capped mountains during winter add extra charm.

Solo travelling can be delightfully self-indulgent. Spend the day doing nothing but sitting quietly in one of the restaurants dotted along Franschhoek’s Main Road, sipping on a glass of wine or bubbly, as you lose yourself in a book, or similar admire the passers-by.

This is also the perfect opportunity to indulge in a luxurious spa treatment or indulgent High Tea. Le Franschhoek Hotel & Spa, Leeu Estates and Babylonstoren are some of the places to visit for a relaxing spa treatment. Whether it’s a quick head, neck and shoulder massage or full day spa splurge, you’ll leave feeling revitalized. A spa treatment is the perfect prelude to an indulgent High Tea. Enjoy Le Lude’s decadent offering in the comfort of their Orangerie Restaurant, whilst High Tea at Anthonij Rupert Wyne is certainly an experience with a view. Sample the delicate delights with the splendid Drakenstein Mountains as your backdrop.

Have you met Franschhoek’s resident four legged celebrity artist, Pigcasso? As the world’s only painting pig, Pigcasso is an original. From pork chop to heralded headliner, Pigcasso welcomes visitors to her very own Oink Gallery, which is located at the Farm Sanctuary SA. Art enthusiasts are invited to visit the gallery, explore her abstract expressionistic style and invest in one of her masterpieces – all signed off by the nose tip of the painting pig herself! Meet the famous oinker and her fellow rescued farm animals that call the sanctuary ‘a slice of hog heaven’ and be inspired by creative design and the compassionate mission of this soulful project.

The popular Franschhoek Wine Tram, which operates on a hop on hop off is the ideal way to treat your taste buds to award-winning wines without having to worry about a designated driver. The tram offers a range of routes which allows you to experience the majority of the valley’s wine farms, which range from the larger more well-known producers to boutique estates.

This is a fraction of what you’re bound to discover when visiting the Franschhoek Wine Valley. For a detailed list of things to do in one of SA’s most loved regions visit

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



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