The Franschhoek Valley, located just over an hour from Cape Town, is a place of picturesque vineyards, breathtaking scenery, warm hospitality, world-class cuisine, fine wines, and a 300-year French Huguenot history.



The Franschhoek Wine Tram hop-on hop-off tour is one of the best ways to experience Franschhoek in one day and learn about its true character. Travel through rolling vineyards in an open-side tram or open-air tram bus, stopping at some of South Africa’s oldest and most prestigious wine estates. You can get off at any of the stops along any of the five routes and participate in the available activities, such as wine tasting, a cellar tour, lunch, or just a stroll through the vineyards.

Simply board to continue the tour when you’re ready to move on to the next stop. You can spend the day exploring, tasting wine, and dining to your heart’s content thanks to the service’s sixteen restaurants and over twenty wine estates.



Franschhoek is not just a celebration of wine and champagne; it is also a haven for the arts, with top-notch galleries available. Because the galleries are all close to one another, art enthusiasts can take it all in while taking a leisurely stroll through the charming town center. Once your ride on the tram is over head into town to check out the art scene.

The town’s galleries feature some of the best South African artists as well as local talent, showcasing everything from fine art to contemporary sculpture and design. A few of the town’s well-known galleries are The Moor Gallery, JustRock Art Gallery, The Vineyard Gallery, and Ebony Curated, which I recommend you visit while you’re there.


Even though Franschhoek is well known for its wine and art, the valley also boasts some of the nation’s top dining establishments. Your decision of which world-class establishment to visit in Franschhoek will be difficult because there are so many to choose from. The Tasting Room (ranked #4), The Kitchen at Maison (ranked #8), and Foliage (ranked #9) are three of the fine dining establishments from Franschhoek that were included in Eat Out’s Top 10 Restaurants in South Africa for 2016. Make a reservation if you want a table at one of these fantastic restaurants to cap off your evening.

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