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Don’t worry, Fran­schhoek is not that French – South Africans are also wel­come. Here’s your guide to a day that starts with a moun­tain view, fea­tur­ing choco­late and wine and end­ing at a motor mu­seum.

Cost: R40 per adult; free for kids un­der 16. Pay be­fore­hand at webtick­ or at the gate. Con­tact: 083 270 7291; mon­trochelle­hik­


Pack sand­wiches and a flask of cof­fee and drive through town and up the Fran­schhoek Pass to the Mont Rochelle Na­ture Re­serve at the top. There are seven hik­ing trails in the re­serve, but you’re on hol­i­day so choose the cir­cu­lar Vista Trail, which is only 2,5 km long and will take less than two hours to com­plete. The gate­keep­ers will be there from 8 am to show you the way. Spend the rest of the morn­ing in town. Pull over at the Huguenot Mon­u­ment ( 021 876 2532; mu­ at the bot­tom of the main road and pay the en­trance fee (R10 per adult and R5 per child) to see it up close. There’s also a sun­dial in­scribed with the sur­names of the orig­i­nal French Huguenots. If you want to learn more about the Huguenots and see in­ter­est­ing items like an old Bible that trav­elled all the way from France, visit the mu­seum (an ad­di­tional R10 per adult and R5 per child). If your kids be­haved them­selves dur­ing the his­tory les­son, treat them to a choco­late tast­ing at De Vil­liers Choco­late Café ( 021 874 1060; dv­choco­ in the main road about 200 m from the mon­u­ment. The price starts at R57 for four dif­fer­ent blocks of choco­late – you can share among each other. Be warned: You’ll want more! Buy a slab for R32: In­tense Co­coa is a must if you like dark choco­late; more ad­ven­tur­ous choco­late fans will en­joy the cin­na­mon-and-chilli flavour. Enough of the sweet stuff? Head to Tuk Tuk Mi­cro­brew­ery ( 021 492 2207; tuk­tuk­ across the road. It costs R52 for four 100 ml tast­ing glasses of their lager, dunkel, weiss and pale ale. Or­der a pint of your favourite – the lager is de­li­cious (R44). They serve tapas too, but hold out if you can – you’ll have lunch on a wine farm later. Walk fur­ther up the main road and visit the art gal­leries and gift shops. At Tap & Cork ( 021 876 4120; tapand­ you can taste and buy olive oil and bal­samic vine­gar. This is not your av­er­age su­per­mar­ket fare: There are lots of dif­fer­ent flavours, like lime olive oil (R38/125 ml) and pome­gran­ate vine­gar (R51/125 ml).


Head back to your ve­hi­cle and choose from one of the 51 wine es­tates in the val­ley. (If you want to do a full day of wine tast­ing, come back another time and buy a ticket for the Fran­schhoek Wine Tram; see side­bar. The tram is not worth the money if you only have enough time to visit one farm.) Visit fran­ for a full list of wine farms in the area, and at­trac­tions and ac­tiv­i­ties on each farm. At La Bour­gogne ( 021 876 3245; labour­ you can taste wine out­side un­der um­brel­las (from R60 per per­son) and or­der a plat­ter (R220 for two peo­ple) while your kids play on the jun­gle gym. They also have a kid­dies’ menu – a bo­ere­wors roll with potato wedges costs R65. Fran­schhoek has lots of restau­rants to choose from if you’re not in the mood for a wine farm. Fran­schhoek Cel­lar ( 021 876 2086; the­fran­schhoek­cel­lar. is on the main road near the en­trance to town from the Paarl side. It has a play­ground for the kids and the menu of­fers a va­ri­ety of dishes,

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