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EEmbark on an unforgettable journey through quaint and captivating South African towns. Whether travelling for a birthday, anniversary or celebration – or simply seeking a memorable getaway – the charm of Franschhoek and Plettenberg Bay invites you to indulge in luxury and affordable escapes that offer a rich tapestry of experiences. Whether you're seeking the charm of vineyards, the allure of coastal paradises, or the tranquillity of lush forests, let South Africa be your ultimate special occasion destination.

OOur Special Occasions travel playbook serves as a personal guide to the captivating towns of Franschhoek and Plettenberg Bay, offering a local and insider's approach to exploring these alluring destinations. Create memories that will be cherished for a lifetime, surrounded by the beauty of nature and the genuine warmth of South African hospitality.

FFranschhoek | Spotlight

Nestled in the Western Cape winelands, Franschhoek is a picturesque valley world-renowned for its vineyards, historic charm, and culinary excellence. The town, surrounded by majestic mountains, offers a view into our history with its blend of French influence, Cape Dutch architecture, and South African warmth.


Stay at La Petite Ferme for a romantic, elevated vineyard experience. The boutique hotel offers charming rooms with vineyard views, a fusion restaurant, an intimate cellar, a pool, gardens, and an exclusive spa.

Mirabelle Guesthouse is a luxurious and tranquil retreat, 15 minutes from town. Each room is thoughtfully designed, and guests can enjoy daily breakfast, the pool, and in-room spa treatments.

Franschhoek is known for its culinary excellence. Le Coin Français is a restaurant that offers a fusion of French and South African flavors led by Chef Darren Badenhors. It's perfect for celebrating special occasions in style.

La Petite Colombe is an award-winning Leeu Estates is home to a French-inspired restaurant, renowned for its sophisticated dining experience, exquisite flavours, and locally sourced South African ingredients. Perfect for special occasions or a romantic evening.

Try Tuk Tuk Microbrewery for a cosy and unique dining experience. Enjoy their specially crafted brews and delicious wood-fired pizzas, tacos, and eisbein in a relaxed setting.

As a must-do on your list, embark on the Franschhoek Wine Tram Tour for a leisurely exploration of the valley's vineyards. Hop on and off at several renowned wineries, enjoy the tastings, and soak in the scenic beauty.

What would you like to experience?

Experience nature at its best with a hike in Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve in the Franschhoek Mountains. Open daily, you can choose from trails that cater to various fitness levels, offering breathtaking views of the valley and surrounding mountains.

Visit the beautiful Boschendal Estate – which is also part of the Franschhoek Wine Tram route – for a picnic in their gorgeous gardens. Buy your favourite treats on-site to enjoy, and take in a romantic experience accompanied by stunning vistas and great wine.

Franschhoek Village Market is open every Saturday. You can find local produce, food, art, crafts, clothing, and more. Enjoy live music, a children's play area, and free entry. Take home a piece of Franschhoek.

Babylonstoren farm, only 30 minutes from Franschhoek, offers artisanal produce, wine tastings, a spa, and a farm shop. Enjoy pastries, jams, local wines, and cheese while exploring the estate's gardens.

PPlettenberg Bay | Spotlight

Situated along the Garden Route, Plettenberg Bay is a coastal paradise known for its pristine beaches, indigenous forests, and outdoor adventures. With its astonishing natural beauty, this incredible town will provide rest, adventure and wonder, in equal measure. 

Plettenberg Bay Spotlight

The Robberg Beach Lodge offers a budget-friendly stay on Plettenberg Bay's coastline. Featuring 29 comfortable rooms, easy beach access, and amenities like pools, lounges, bars, and a rooftop viewing deck, guests can relax and unwind in style.

The Plettenberg, a luxurious hotel in the Liz McGrath Collection, offers 35 stunning rooms and 2 family villas, all with stunning sea views. The Restaurant serves fresh seafood and The Sandbar is perfect for sundowners and sunset views. Spa services are also available.

Embark on an exhilarating marine adventure with Ocean Safaris. Take one of their 2-hour tours and witness dolphins and whales frolicking in the waves, creating magical moments for you and your loved ones.

Hike through the Robberg Nature Reserve for panoramic coastal views and encounters with seals. Choose from various trails, of varying difficulties, each offering a unique perspective of Plettenberg Bay's natural beauty.

For outdoors enthusiasts, Cairnbrogie Farm offers a range of activities, including mountain biking, horse riding and hiking trails, pony rides, fishing, birding, and a working dairy farm to explore.

Visit Market off Main for a local Plettenberg Bay experience. With a diverse range of vendors selling a mix of food, jewellery, art, hats and crafts, the main bar is the centre of the market, with beers on tap, whiskey and more available to enjoy, accompanied by incredible views of the bay

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