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10 Off-the-Beaten-Path Attractions in Franschhoek

Franschhoek is a name synonymous with world-class wines. But cradled within this charming valley are a plethora of little gems waiting to be unearthed. Venture off the beaten path and curate an impressive escape filled with adventures for every soul. 

Here’s a taste of what awaits:

  1. Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve 

Dust off your hiking boots or grab your mountain bike to explore the breathtaking scenery. Conquer scenic peaks, witness cascading waterfalls, or lose yourself in vibrant wildflower fields. 

All trails culminate in panoramic vistas of the valley, offering a chance to reconnect with nature. There are various trails suited to different fitness levels, whether you’re a seasoned adventurer or a casual stroller.

  1. Huguenot Memorial Museum

Walk through time and dip into the fascinating story of the French Huguenot settlers who shaped Franschhoek’s heritage. Get a better understanding of “Franschhoek,” which translates to “French Corner.” 

Learn about their influence on the region’s culture and architecture with exhibits and artefacts that bring the town’s journey and lasting impact to life.

  1. French Huguenot Memorial Church

Experience the weight of history at the oldest church in South Africa. Revel in its sacred grounds and admire the well-preserved architecture. Gain a deeper understanding of the enduring Huguenot legacy and its influence on the religious landscape of Franschhoek.

  1. First South African Perfume Museum

Float through time and immerse yourself in the sweet historical scent of perfume creation. Interactive exhibits and workshops unveil an alchemy of aroma while you craft your own signature scent to bottle a piece of Franschhoek’s essence.

  1. Babylonstoren Farm

Explore a sprawling five-hectare wonderland dedicated to sustainable practices. Take a tour through vibrant gardens overflowing with seasonal blooms, indigenous plants and a rice paddy. 

Savour farm-to-table delights made with the freshest ingredients, or indulge in artisanal practices like soap making or choux pastry and almond flour baking workshops.

  1. Paradise Stables

Gallop through the scenic landscape and let the wind blow through your hair for a horseback riding adventure unlike any other. Traverse vineyards, forests and mountains, taking in breathtaking valley vistas as your trusty steed guides you—a unique way to explore Franschhoek and connect with the landscape in a special way.

  1. Franschhoek Motor Museum

Rev your nostalgia engines and take a trip through automotive history. Explore a treasure trove of vintage and classic cars, guaranteed to set your heart racing. Walk among automotive legends, from sleek and sexy sports cars to iconic muscle machines. Each one whispers stories of bygone eras, waiting to be unearthed.

  1. Franschhoek Trail Network

Meander the stunning wilderness surrounding the Berg River Dam on a 48km jeep and single-track trail beckoning hikers and mountain bike enthusiasts. From steep climbs to river crossings, choose between the Matoppie Contour, Matoppie Mast Climb, Skerpenheuvel/Snake Alley Loop, Dam 360 or all of them for an outdoorsy adventure to get your endorphins flowing.  

  1. Franschhoek Village Market

Visit through the vibrant Village Market, weaving through vibrant stalls overflowing with handcrafted delights by passionate artisans. Pick out the perfect memento to immortalise your holiday. Connect with our friendly town’s warm souls and support the creative spirit that makes this town so unique.

  1. Wine Tasting at La Petite Ferme

Forget the crowded tasting rooms as you unbottle a private La Petite Ferme Cellar Tour. Uncork the secrets behind their award-winning wines, nestled between the Olifants Pass and Middagkrans Mountain range. Elevate your experience with a palate-tantalising food pairing so you can savour the flavour in every sip.

Craft memories that go far beyond the vine on your next getaway! Book your stay at La Petite Ferme—your launchpad to exploring Franschhoek—and soak up the breathtaking views and exceptional hospitality of our treasured town.