Visitor Info

History

The Franschhoek Valley, enfolded by mountains on three sides was a relatively remote area when first discovered. Originally it was named Oliphantshoek. Elephants transversed the mountains to calve.The protected isolation provided the perfect elephant nursery. Later the village of Franschhoek was founded on sections of two Huguenot farms, one of them Cabriére.

The Huguenots were brought to the Cape by the Dutch East India Company, which had established a post to provide fresh supplies for their passing fleets en route to the East. Many French Huguenots fled to the Netherlands to avoid religious persecution, and were consequently recruited to produce wine in the Cape. Most of them settled in the Franschhoek valley. Among them were two young brothers by the name of Jourdan. They hailed from the village Cabriére d’Agues, nestled in the Luberon in Southern France, where wine had been produced since the year 2000 BC. They were orphaned during the disastrous voyage of the “Berg China” from Rotterdam to the Cape of Good Hope in 1688.

Simon van der Stel, the then governor of the Cape Colony, granted them 51 hectare of land in the Franschhoek valley. Not surprisingly, they named it Cabriére. Since those early days the farmland changed hands, and was subjected to subdivisions many times. Today it’s know as Franschhoek and serves as a tourist mecca and centre point of the many splendours the Cape Winelands has to offer.

 

Events Calendar

CAPE TOWN & SURROUNDING AREA’S FESTIVALS & EVENTS  
DATE  EVENT  WHERE  MORE INFO 
JANUARY
1 CapeTownMinstrel Carnival  Cape Town http://www.sa-venues.com/events/western-cape-event-description.php?id=414
31 J&B Met  Kenilworth http://www.sa-venues.com/events/western-cape-event-description.php?id=527
FEBRUARY 
2 Blessing of the Harvest  Franschhoek http://www.franschhoek.org.za/events/view/32
22 – 24 CapeCountryPicnic Festival  Simondium http://www.cadek.co.za/BigEvents/picnic_festival.htm
29 Feb- 2 March Design Indaba Expo  Cape Town http://www.designindabaexpo.com/
MARCH 
1-3 Up the Creek Music Festival  Swellendam http://www.upthecreek.co.za/
9 CapeArgusPick `n Pay Cycle Tour  Cape Town http://www.cycletour.co.za/home.aspx
22 Two Oceans Marathon  Cape Town http://www.twooceansmarathon.org.za/
29 – 30 CapeTownJazz Festival  Cape Town http://www.capetownjazzfest.com/
28 March- 5 Apr ABSA Cape Epic  Knysna- Somerset West http://www.cape-epic.com/
APRIL 
25 – 28 Solm-Delta End of Harvest Festival  Franschhoek http://www.franschhoek.org.za/events/view/57/
24 – 27 Crayfish Festival  Lambert’s Bay http://kreeffees.com/
25 – 27 Olive Festival  Prince Albert http://www.olivefestival.co.za/
25 – 28 SA Cheese Festival  Franschhoek http://www.cheesefestival.co.za/
MAY 
16 – 18 Literary Festival  Franschhoek http://www.franschhoek.org.za/events/view/36/
JULY 
4 – 13 Oyster Festival  Knysna http://www.oysterfestival.co.za/
5 – 29 Wildlife Photographer of the Year  Cape Town http://www.sa-venues.com/events/western-cape-event-description.php?id=225
12 – 13 Bastille Festival  Franschhoek http://www.bastillefestival.co.za/
20 – 21 Port Festival  Calitzdorp http://www.sa-venues.com/events/western-cape-event-description.php?id=44
AUGUST 
2 – 5 Wine Festival  Stellenbosch http://www.sa-venues.com/events/western-cape-event-description.php?id=290
8 – 10 CapeTownFashion Week  Cape Town http://www.capetownfashionweek.co.za/
9 – 12 Robertson Slow  Robertson http://www.robertsonslow.com/
SEPTEMBER 
16 – 17 Penquin Festival  Simon’s Town http://www.simonstown.com/penguinfestival/index.htm
20 – 24 Cultivaria Festival  Paarl http://www.sa-venues.com/events/western-cape-event-description.php?id=212
21 – 23 West Coast Flower Show  Darling http://www.sa-venues.com/events/western-cape-event-description.php?id=404
21 – 29 Whale Festival  Hermanus http://www.whalefestival.co.za/
28 Nederburg Wine Auction  Paarl http://www.sa-venues.com/events/western-cape-event-description.php?id=285
29 Fitness Festival  Clanwilliam http://www.sa-venues.com/events/western-cape-event-description.php?id=357
OCTOBER 
16 The Cape Odyssey  Hermanus – Franschhoek http://www.cape-odyssey.com/
20 – 21 Cape TownInternational Kite Festival  Muizenberg http://www.sa-venues.com/events/western-cape-event-description.php?id=539
22 – 26 Rittelfees  Vredendal http://www.rittelfees.co.za/
23 – 26 CapeTownFlower Show  Somerset West http://www.capetownflower.com/
24 – 26 Classical Music Festival  Franschhoek http://www.sa-venues.com/events/western-cape-event-description.php?id=210
24 – 26 16th Annual Rose Fair  Greyton http://www.greytonrosefair.co.za/
NOVEMBER 
10 Winelands Half & Full Marathon  Stellenbosch http://www.sa-venues.com/events/western-cape-event-description.php?id=256
23 – 25 Nelson Mandela Invitational Gold Tournament  Kleinmond http://www.sa-venues.com/events/western-cape-event-description.php?id=198
30 Nov- 1 Dec Obz Festival  Observatory http://www.obzfestival.com/
DECEMBER 
6 – 7 Cap Classique & Champagne Festival  Franschhoek http://www.franschhoek.org.za/events/view/49/
28 – 29 The Moment Event  Stilbaai http://www.sa-venues.com/events/western-cape-event-description.php?id=466

 

What to do

THINGS TO DO IN FRANSCHHOEK & SURROUNDING AREA  
ACTIVITY  WHERE  MORE INFO 
101 Things to do  Franschhoek http://www.franschhoek.org.za/101_things_to_do/
Aqaurium  Cape Town http://www.aquarium.co.za/
Art Galleries  Franschhoek http://www.franschhoekweb.co.za/franschhoek-arts-culture.htm
Butterfly World  Klapmuts http://www.sakidsonthego.com/activity_detail.php?activityno=445
Cheese Tasting  Paarl http://www.fairview.co.za/index.php?page_id=76
Cycling  Winelands Area http://cyclingholidaysouthafrica.com
Day at the Beach  Cape Coast Line http://www.sa-venues.com/attractionswc/beaches.htm
Farmers Market  Franschhoek http://www.franschhoek.co.za/farmersmarket.html
Flea Markets  Cape Town http://www.uncoverthecape.co.za/local-attractions/green-market-square/green-market-square/
Fly Fishing  Franschhoek Tel: +27 21 876 2755
Galleries  Franschhoek http://www.franschhoekweb.co.za/franschhoek-arts-culture.htm
Golf  Paarl http://www.paarlgolfclub.co.za/
Helicopter Trips  Winelands Area http://www.cape-air.co.za/Winelands.html
Hiking Trails  Winelands Area http://www.linx.co.za/trails/lists/wc33list.html
Horse Carriage Drives  Paarl http://www.horsetrails-sa.co.za/weddings.html
Horse Riding  Franschhoek http://www.paradisestables.co.za/Horse%20Riding.html
Hot Air Ballooning  Paarl http://www.xtremeadventures.co.za/ballooning.php
Jet Skiing  Cape Coast Line http://www.bugalooadventures.co.za/main.html
Life Music  Cape Town http://www.capetowntoday.co.za/Live_music.htm
MonkeyTown  Somerset West http://www.monkeys.co.za/
MotorMuseum  Franschhoek http://www.fmm.co.za/
Museums  Winelands Area & Western Cape http://www.capegateway.gov.za/eng/directories/facilities/131
Paintball  Paarl Tel +27 82 307 6358
Picknicks  Franschhoek http://www.thecapetownpass.co.za/offers/offe/lepiqueniqueboschendal.asp
Quad Biking  Paarl Tel +27 82 307 6358
Restaurants  Franschhoek http://www.franschhoek.co.za/where2dine.html
Star Gazing  Franschhoek Tel: +27 21 876 3355
Theatre  Franschhoek Tel: +27 21 874 1000
Winetasting  Winelands Area http://www.franschhoekwines.co.za/ or http://www.paarlwine.co.za/
World of Birds  Hout Bay http://www.worldofbirds.org.za/

 

 Services

SERVICES IN FRANSCHHOEK & SURROUNDING AREA 
WHAT  WHERE  CONTACT 
Banks  Nedbank Tel: +27 21 876 9010
Beauty Salon  Le Manoir de Brendel Beauty Clinic Tel: +27 21 876 4525
Car Hire  Comfort Car Hire Tel: +27 21 872 4010
Cinema  The Screening Room Tel: +27 21 876 2125
Doctor  Dr Heywood van der Merwe Tel: +27 21 876 2474
Emercency Medical Care  Medicare EMR Tel: +27 21 876 4316
Grocery Store  Pick ‘n Pay Tel: +27 21 876 2075
Hairdresser  Salon La Belle Tel: +27 21 876 2422
Handmade Chocolates  Huguenot Fine Chocolates Tel: +27 21 876 4096
Jewellers  Schwartz Jewellers Tel: +27 21 876 2596
Laundromat  La Laundry Tel: +27 21 876 4014
Nursery  The Pink Geranium Nursery Franschhoek Tel: +27 21 876 3551
Pharmacy  Franschhoek Pharmacy Tel: +27 21 876 2261
Photo Lab Franshhoek Photo Lab and Internet Cafe Tel: +27 21 876 4741
Property Realtors  Pam Golding International Properties Tel: +27 21 876 2100
Shoes  Tsonga Tel: +27 21 876 3274
Taxi Service  Isak de Wet Taxi Service Tel: +27 21 876 3413
Tourist Information  Franschhoek Tourism Tel +27 21 876 3603
Travel Information  Franschhoek Tourism http://www.franschhoek.org.za/about_franschhoek/travel_information/
Wine Sales  La Cotte Inn Wine Sales / Fromages de France Tel: +27 21 876 3775