Franschhoek is one of the most beautiful historical South African attractions, with world renowned wine farms dotting the magnificent landscape. Just 75km from the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town, Franschhoek, the “French Corner”, is one of the oldest towns in the country. With a population of under 20,000, this quaint town is a favourite retreat for much needed rest and relaxation, boasting some of the most spectacular scenes the country has to offer. Originally settled in the late 17th century, the Franschhoek valley was first named Olifantshoek, translated to “Elephants Corner”. Long gone from the area, elephants once roamed wild through the vast mountain ranges that surround the rich valley. Some of the first established farms are still present, and have grown into world famous wineries, offering an unforgettable Cape wine experience.
Franschoek offers much exploration in the way of culture, and a fascinating history. The Huguenot monument is a striking town feature, and nearby museums tell the captivating tale of this historical settlement. Cape Dutch architecture is a prominent influence in the Franschhoek village, and with building regulation in place, this quaint little town will retain its mesmerizing old world charm. Nestled between towering mountains, the enchanting Franschhoek Valley is the fine food and wine capital of the Cape. Paired with the perfect gourmet cuisines, Franchhoek offers a Cape wine getaway like no other. A sleepy country retreat or romantic escape, Franschhoek is surrounded by spectacular landscapes, and is also an outdoor enthusiasts dream. For wine tasting enthusiasts, Greatest Africa offers private wine tours in the wonderful Cape wine area, guided by boutique wine producer Richard Hilton, of Richard Hilton Vineyards. Richard is also the founder and MD of Greatest Africa, and his passion lies in the unforgettable and world renowned Cape wine experience. Based in the greater Cape area, Greatest Africa are on the ground experts. Knowledgeable and experienced, allow us to guide you in the perfect Franschhoek itinerary!