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Franschhoek Highlights

The Cape Winelands is the largest wine producing region in the Western Cape; with a selection of over 200 cellars to choose from, visitors are guaranteed to taste some of the best wines in the world. The Cape Winelands is characterized by beautiful mountain ranges, long winding rivers, lush green vineyards and breathtaking scenery and sunsets. Summer in the Cape Winelands is synonymous with harvest season and the freshest locally grown produce can be tasted and enjoyed at various farm stalls. The French influence can still be seen in the names of many of the farms, streets and establishments. Combine all this with stunning Cape Dutch architecture set in one of the most beautiful valleys surrounded by wine estates and you have a combination that is hard to resist.

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Safari Lodges within Franschhoek

Le Quartier Français

Situated deep in the heart of the beautiful Franschhoek Valley is the unique Le Quartier Français, a luxurious and elegant boutique hotel. Hidden away in secluded gardens, it offers the ideal setting for a romantic honeymoon or quiet weekend away.

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La Cle des Montagnes

Relax and unwind while you sample the region’s renowned wines and excellent cuisine prepared from the freshest local ingredients without moving from the deep, plush chairs of private verandahs of uniquely-themed personalised villas.

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Babylonstoren Farm Hotel

A great, historic Cape Dutch wine and fruit farm located in a quiet corner of the Cape Winelands surrounded by majestic mountains, within 25km of Franschhoek, Paarl and Stellenbosch.

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Le Franschhoek Hotel and Spa

The elegant Le Franschhoek Hotel & Spa is situated in the beautiful town of Franschhoek in the Cape Winelands offering breathtaking views of the mountains and valley beyond. The hotel offers a luxurious location from which to explore The Wine Route.

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Franschhoek Country House

Franschhoek Country House & Villas is a leading luxury hotel situated in the heart of the Franschhoek valley and offers guests luxurious accommodation and gourmet cuisine. Situated on the outskirts of the Franschhoek Village, only 1km from the main town.

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Mont Rochelle Hotel & Vineyard

Located in the food and wine capital of South Africa, Franschhoek, Mont Rochelle is a lovely hotel set in a large vineyard. The elegant rooms and guest areas have lovely views over the Franschhoek valley.

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The Wine Route Activities

The Cape Winelands offer visitors a wide variety of activities, excursions and sights to enjoy; visitors will experience rich historical and cultural heritage while visiting small villages and vibrant townships, outdoor museums and galleries, open-air theatres and outdoor art and craft exhibitions. A worthwhile trip is a drive over Franschoek Pass to the Elgin Valley, the foremost region in the country for the growing of apples. The pass follows the route originally taken by elephants on their travels, although it is now well maintained asphalt.

Interesting activities such as berry, cherry, grape and other fruit picking tours can be enjoyed at various fruit farms. For the more adventurous visitors, there are a variety of activities including game viewing, canoeing, 4x4 trails, horse-back safaris, hiking, mountain biking, rock pool swimming, abseiling and 'kloofing'.

Seasons and Climate

The Cape Winelands offer a pleasant Mediterranean climate with clearly defined seasons, the winter months are from June to August and it is also the rainy season in this area. The average annual rainfall is around 650 mm; however the majority of rain can be expected during the winter months.

The temperatures during winter range between 6°C and a highest of approximately 20°C. Summer is from November to March and is hot and dry with wind at times with maximum temperatures ranging between 27°C and 32°C and minimum between 12°C and 16°C.


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By Air

Sun Safaris can arrange scheduled flights for guests from most major airports to Cape Town International airport. Many international flights fly directly into Cape Town however guests may have a stopover in Johannesburg (at OR Tambo International Airport). Once guests arrive at Cape Town airport, guests have a choice between a self-drive holiday (rental car) and a private road transfer. Sun Safaris can arrange these services for guests.

By Land

The Cape Winelands is accessible from anywhere in South Africa. All roads are tarred and in good condition. The drive time will depend on where guests are driving from. Self-driving through the Western Cape is an ideal way of exploring this beautiful region. Sun Safaris can arrange a rental car for guests.

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