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franschhoek south africa

About an hour inland from Cape Town, between marching rows of massive granite mountains, the pretty town of Franschhoek nestles in a verdant valley.  For many, the awesome scenery is even more beautiful than Cape Town. 

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Franschhoek was founded by French Huguenots settlers (hence the name), who fled the inquisition in Europe and were looking for a little hide-out on the other side of the world. They found it in the fertile valley of Franschhoek - initially known as Oliphantshoek, as the valley was known for the large number of elephants.

Franschhoek makes a serious attempt at being the food and wine capital of South Africa and there are many fine restaurants and many great wineries. It's a great place to relax, enjoy top food and wine, in a spectacular environment.

The countryside is perfect for hiking, mountain biking or road biking.  Set off on foot or on wheels to explore the countryside and visit the wine estates en route.  We will organize guides and equipment for you and show you all our favourite places.

There are some truly fabulous places to stay too.  From a romantic hillside cottage to luxury family houses.  Plus, three superb boutique hotels. There are no spectacular spas in Franschhoek, but in neighbouring Stellenbosch, there's the awesome Delaire Graff 

Why not combine some serious food and wine with days of good physical exercise?  Whatever you wish to do, our experts will tailor-make the perfect holiday for you.  Franschhoek is a great destination for both adults and families, and a perfect extension to your holiday in the Cape.

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For an overview of everything on offer in this magical country, please see South Africa

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10 day family spa holiday

From £2,790 for a family of three

10 days of relaxation, pampering, rejuvenation for parents around Cape Town, while children are kept entertained and staying at some of the best Spa hotels in South Africa. More


7 night 4 star romantic getaway

From £2,030 per couple

A seven night romantic getaway to Cape Town and Franschhoek in exclusive, four star ‘villas-for-two’ for the ultimate in intimacy and privacy. More


7 night 5 star romantic getaway

From £2,030 per couple

Split your time between villa on the Atlantic coast and a two bedroom luxury cottage on the slopes of the
Franschhoek vineyard you are guaranteed a peaceful and romantic escape. More



  • Summer:  December – February
  • Winter:  June – August
  • Spring:  September – November
  • Autumn:  March - May

The Cape

With its Mediterranean climate, the summer months in Cape Town, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch are hot and dry often accompanied by strong South Easterly winds (hence why it’s a popular wind-surfing destination!). Winters are wet and cold whilst spring and autumn are generally mild with some showers.

Best time to travel  and what to do

With the Cape summer usually extending from Nov until March and 11 hours of sunshine to be enjoyed in mid-summer, this is the most popular season in Cape Town. But, it can be windy too – with the prevailing “South-Easter” as it’s affectionately known, it can mean less beach time but perfect for hitting the waters on a hobie-cat, or wind-surfer! With plenty of beautiful beaches lining the coastline, the waters of the Atlantic sea offer a cool respite on those hot summer days. Surfing, diving, cycling, hiking, walking, or just lazing on the beach are top of the agenda.

The “secret season” though, in our opinion, is either spring or autumn. With milder temperatures, less wind, and not too much rain, the crowds have left and you can still enjoy most outdoor activities. Nature is also at its best at these times; the West Coast wild flowers are a dazzling display in spring and in autumn, the spectacular colours of the vineyards are a sight to behold.

Average temperatures (° celsius)

  • Summer:  Min = 16, Max = 26
  • Winter:  Min = 7, Max = 18

The Healthy Holiday Company has a team of travel experts (Dionne, Gaenor and Lindsay) based in the Cape Town office who both collectively and individually know everything about where to stay, what to do and how to organise it.  Between them, they're also very much in to horse riding, trail running, hiking, yoga and fitness training.

From the moment you arrive at the airport, you will be warmly welcomed by one of the team and will look after you throughout your visit to South Africa.

They are on the end of a phone 24/7 and will do all they can to make sure you have a magical and memorable healthy holiday.

la fontaine guesthouse

la fontaine guesthouse

franschhoek, south africa    room per night from £75

One of the finest guesthouses in Franschhoek, La Fontaine is a pair of late 19th century houses excellently located near the centre of the village. Friendly, efficient and a beautiful place to stay.

ermitage villas

ermitage villas

franschhoek, south africa    villa per night from £145

Offering luxury villas (1, 2 or 3 bedrooms) and a health spa, this Franschhoek property is ideally situated amoungst Fynbos layered mountains and vineyards. The French inspired town is peppered with wine farms, one of which is situated on the LErmitage property.

hillside cottage

hillside cottage

franschhoek, south africa    cottage per night from £165

A cosy, hillside 2 bedroom French styled cottage with panoramic views of Franschhoek valley and the surrounding mountains. The perfect romantic hideaway; also ideal for a family of four.

akademie street

akademie street

franschhoek, south africa    room per night from £225

Akademie Street is luxurious and unique, offering a small collection of guesthouses and suites - rich in atmosphere, luxury, peace and privacy. It is the ideal hiding place for the traveller who is no longer impressed with five star hotels.

mont rochelle

mont rochelle

franschhoek, south africa    room per night from £265

Mont Rochelle Hotel & Mountain Vineyards offers the best of the Cape Winelands, combining luxury accommodation, fine dining, vineyards, horse riding and some of the best views in Franschhoek.

luxury cottage

luxury cottage

franschhoek, south africa    room per night from £410

Close to the action in Franschhoek but delightfully secluded too, with views of the vineyards and mountains. This exceptionally luxurious 5 bedroom cottage frequently plays host to movie stars and dignitaries and is a wonderful base when visiting this gorgeous area.

la residence

la residence

franschhoek, south africa    3 nights from £1,055

When it comes to Franschhoek accommodation, La Residence is in a class of its own, exuding luxury and splendour, with enchanting mountain views in every direction. Perfect for adults looking for peace, comfort and relaxation.