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  1. Fun and adventure in Franschhoek this April

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    With the Easter long weekend around the corner, what better time to have some fun and adventure in the Franschhoek Wine Valley. The weather is perfect to embark on the wide range of outdoor offerings, which range from mountain hikes, MTB trails, exploring the valley by bike, horseback riding and so much more. Don’t just come for the day. Plan to spend a night (or a weekend) which allows ample time to discover the other offerings 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

    Cape Winelands Riding

    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

    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. On Monday mornings guests can 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.

    Exploring the valley with Franschhoek Cycles

    Franschhoek Cycles offers a guided bicycle tour through Franschhoek, with the assistance of a qualified and knowledgeable guide. Included in your experience is a wine tasting at one of the wine farms, a picnic lunch as well as a complementary bottle of wine.

    Franschhoek Adventures

    Franschhoek Adventures is your gateway to a wide range of outdoor and adventure activities which are fun and informative. Activities to choose from include hikes in the valley’s majestic mountains with various routes to suit all ages and abilities, mountain bike wine or village cycling tours for those wanting more cycling. Cultural township tours and village history walks are available for the culture vultures. Birding tours are also available for the avid birders and nature lovers and the Amazing Franschhoek Treasure Hunts are perfect for team building events. Geocaching trips are a wonderful family outing. This world-famous “treasure hunt” hobby is well represented in the valley and we will teach you all about it and help you find your first 5 caches.

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    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.

    Mountain Biking at Boschendal

    Boschendal

    The perfect MTB trail for riders of all levels, even families and casual riders. Choose from three marked trail circuits with the option of an additional 5km if starting from the Boschendal Werf parking area. For those not joining the riders, enjoy a hearty breakfast or light lunch at the Boschendal Werf while waiting for the riders to return. Weather permitting the sprawling lawns make for the perfect picnic, a popular pastime at Boschendal.

    Garden and Art Tours at Leeu Estate

    Reflective Resonance – Garden & Art Tours at Leeu Estates, Franschhoek

    Something completely different, but still outdoors, enjoy a guided tour of the gardens interspersed with strategically placed artworks at Leeu Estates’ immaculately manicured landscaped gardens.

    Scootours Franschhoek

    Scootours Franschhoek

    Scootours Franschhoek offer an adventurous way to explore the magnificent mountains surrounding the Valley in an exciting and family-friendly way. During the tour you will free-wheel along sections of the historic 1825 Holloway Pass and 1890 Cats Path ox wagon trail that ends at Haute Cabrière Cellar Restaurant. Participants enjoy picturesque views of the Franschhoek Wine Valley as well as the pristine fauna and flora of the Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve.

    Berg River Dam

    The Berg River Dam area

    A hidden gem in the Valley is without a doubt the Berg River Dam area, surrounded by spectacular mountains. The vicinity, which is accessed by purchasing a full day pass, is perfect for MTB enthusiasts, with the option to utilise their range of tracks and single tracks, charting breathtaking routes through the mountains. Not only suited to MTB riders, the Berg River Dam is perfect for avid hikers, with routes suited to all levels. The magnificent views add the final touches to this not-to-be missed outdoor experience.

    Visit www.franschhoek.org.za, and select the tab headed Activities for more information on these outdoor activities and more.

  2. Autumn in Franschhoek is undoubtedly the best season of the year

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    Autumn in Franschhoek is undoubtedly the best season of the year, albeit a short one.  The cooler days bring us relief from the summer heat, invigorates and revives us and tells us to get outdoors before the cold winter days start.  The vine leaves are starting to change from dark green to rich reds, rusts and yellows.  They will soon drop to carpet the ground beneath the bare stalls so get your camera out and enjoy the riot of colour while you can.

    Our village is blessed to be surrounded by majestic mountains.  It is what lures tourists to our valley and what keeps the locals here.  Every day we get to see these giant guardians standing on our horizon watching over us.  Fortunately, we don’t only have to look at them from afar, we can walk in them and experience nature on their many hiking trails, get some exercise and take in the big blue sky.  Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve, the Berg River Dam Conservation Area and La Motte Wine Farm all have established trails with magnificent views.  Autumn is the perfect time to get out and up there.  The Proteas are starting to bloom and the Everlastings are looking great with their pink paper petals.  Look out for the elusive insectivorous plants, the Sundews, which only show themselves on cooler, damp days.  Start hiking early in the morning or late afternoon to catch the golden hour of light.

    Franschhoek is also surrounded by many world-class wine farms, easily reached by mountain bike.  If hiking is a little too strenuous and you’d like to imbibe on some of our vineyard offerings, a 3 to 4 hour bike ride with an experienced and knowledgeable guide is just the thing. There are a number of routes to choose from, accommodating all your wine tastes.  The little ones can join in the fun with kid’s bikes and toddler buggies and many of the farms provide children’s play areas close to the tasting rooms.  On the tour you will learn a little about the history of Franschhoek, the vineyards and the various wines Franschhoek has to offer.  Most wine farms offer scrumptious lunch platters and specialty food-and-wine pairing options for you to choose from.  All these are enjoyed in the lovely gardens under the century-old oak trees which abound in the area.  Vineyard and Cellar tours are available at certain farms and we even have a Safari and Wine Tasting option on a local game farm.

    Cycling through the picturesque wine farms with the magnificent mountains as a back drop is a stunning way to experience the area.  For those who do not wish to visit a wine farm, a circular village route is also available.  A little more strenuous than the wine routes, it takes you around the outskirts of the village for about 15kms, great for working up an appetite for your lunch at one of our amazing restaurants.

    The mountains around Franschhoek have many single track mountain bike trails for the more experienced and adventurous mountain biker.  These trails are also good for the trail runners and can be attempted in a variety of distances.  The Berg River Dam area is well known for this activity.

    If all this sounds like far too much effort, a lovely Historical Village Walk is a must.  How many times have you walked around a place you’ve never visited before and wondered how it all started and what the “back-story” is?  On the non-strenuous 2 hour walk around the back streets of Franschhoek you will learn all about the how the village was started, who the first inhabitants were and how they left their mark on our town and made it unique in South Africa.  You will see the oldest houses and buildings and hear the stories of the people who lived there and their influence on the village.  Hear about the animals that were here long before human settlement and the role the village played in the apartheid era.

    If walking is your thing, you can also do an insightful and entertaining walk on the “Meet The Locals” Township tour.  Our local township has a long history and is highly diverse.  On the walk we taste the local beverages and cuisine, meet some of the local people and visit the children in one of the crèches, always a great hit and the kids love visitors.  Experience a very different side to Franschhoek and meet the locals at ground level.  An eye-opening and never-to-be-forgotten experience.

    Our versatile village has many means of experiencing what we have to offer.  The routes through the vineyards and orchards lend themselves well to wine tasting by horse-back.  The local Tuk Tuk service also offers guided and un-guided wine tours. The Wine Tram now has routes that take the visitor to the vineyards far beyond the village in their new Double-decker trams.  For those who know, the village is home to a good number of Geocaches, a super fun hobby and way to see the most interesting parts of the area.  Guided Geocache tours are also available.

    In short, our small village caters to every need and interest and makes us one of the most visited towns in country.

    Autumn is here, get out and enjoy while the good weather holds.  See you in the great outdoors!

    All activities can be booked with Franschhoek Adventures.  Call Robyn on 072 999 8581 or email tours@franschhoek-adventures.co.za for info and to book.  Check out our website for details on these and many more fun, informative and adventurous tours – www.franschhoek-adventures.co.za.