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Breathtaking tour of South Africa’s ancient vineyards through Franschhoek Wine Tram

Breathtaking tour of South Africa’s ancient vineyards through Franschhoek Wine Tram
Written by See Africa Today

Down Franschhoek town in South Africa, you will find the world’s oldest but breathtaking vineyards dating back to over 300 years ago and a series of impeccable Cape Dutch architecture. 

Besides the beautiful vineyards, this part of South Africa’s Western Cape is home to the country’s best scenic sites with Franschhoek Valley and Mont Richelle Nature Reserve taking the lead. 

But the beauty and excitement of visiting this town lie in paying attention to the fine details courtesy of the fantastic Franschhoek Wine Tram. The rides are enjoyable, exciting with the sceneries of Franschhoek remaining forever ingrained in your mind. 

The tram which also includes an open-air tram-bus mode of transport cruises through the picturesque valleys of Franschhoek, into the string of stretching vineyards while making sequential stops through the most reputable wine estates in the Western Cape to indulge your taste buds. 

At each stop at the wine estates, visitors go for a wine tasting spree, cellar tour, stroll in the vineyards and take sumptuous lunch in these establishments before the tour continues. 

To make the most out of the tours in the Western Cape, Franschhoek Wine Tram has a village-based tram and open-air tram-bus tours denoted by Blue Line, Yellow Line, Green Line and Red Line. Each tour to these villages takes you to at least eight wine estates within the Franschhoek Valley. 

Franschhoek Valley has a rich history in wine production and the exclusive Franschhoek Wine Tram – Purple Line – takes you to seven wine estates in the heart of the valley where it all began over 300 years ago. 

The Purple Line starts with a ride on a double-decker railway and concludes with a ride on the tram bus with special focus on the western part of the Franschhoek Valley such as Noble Hill, Babylonstoren, Backsberg, Glen Carlou and Solms Delta. 

The Blue Line begins with a tram-bus with several stops and ends with a lengthy tour of the mountain views surrounding Holden Manz, La Couronne, Rickety Bridge, Mont Rochelle, Le Lude, La Bri, La Bourgogne, and Grande wine estates. 

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Pharis Kinyua is the editor of See Africa Today. With over seven years of experience in digital media, he has a soft spot for African tours and travel. His drive is to tell the rest of the world what Africa offers, the best accommodation facilities, national parks, culture, shopping malls and best airline deals to travel to Africa

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