Although Franschhoek now falls under the Stellies district, it was originally established as a fully-functioning little town, independent of outside rule. It is one of South Africa’s oldest towns and, as such, still boasts much of the old-fashioned architecture of the late 17th century. This gives the entire area an intriguing quality of old-world class and elegance, with just a smattering of pure magic.
Franschhoek is nestled in a valley, surrounded by mountains bedecked with emerald foliage. The clear African skies, lush vegetation, gorges, mountains and wine farms combine to lend Franschhoek an idyllic setting that is difficult to rival. It is, then, difficult to imagine that, a mere 75 kilometres away, lies the every-buzzing city of Cape Town. This is extremely convenient, as visitors are able to immerse themselves in the serenity of this food-and-wine hotspot, while still being less than an hour’s drive from the Mother City and its international airport.
Today, Franschhoek is known for its world-class wines, unrivalled luxury stay and awesome cuisine. Continue Reading
Named after the original Governor, Sir Benjamin D’Urban, Durbanville is an ever-growing suburb on the outskirts of Cape Town that was once a small town in its own rights. It was established in the early 1800’s when it became an important watering station for travellers, thanks to its freshwater spring. The actual village began when a Dutch Reformed Church was built here in 1825 by local farmers. From there, the expansion has never ceased.
Today, Durbanville is a suburb that boasts beautiful homes and breath-taking vistas of the Western Cape mountains all around. Despite being known as one of South Africa’s fastest growing suburbs, Durbanville has retained much of the village charm for which it is so loved. In fact, many of its permanent residents were once visitors from countries all over the world, who left their home countries to settle in these pretty surrounds. Today, there is a population of well over 40 000 people.
Due to its prime location, Durbanville is less than 30 kilometres away from Cape Town, which means that all of the Cape’s tourist attractions, amenities and facilities of this exciting hub are a short drive away. In addition, during the busy tourist season and times of special international events, when stays in Cape Town is less easily available, Durbanville is a fabulous alternative. Continue Reading