Wine Tram, Franschhoek Valley, South Africa
The Franschhoek Wine Tram is a double-decker bus that ferries tourists on a hop-in, hop-off loop tour to the several wine estates in the Franschhoek Valley in South Africa’s Wastern Cape Province.
Operating on bio-diesel, being open sided thus letting in fresh air, and possessing 360 degrees rotatable chairs make not just the tram unique, but also the tram experience. During the tour, tourists are treated to a narration of the rich history of Franschhoek and its wine growing and to the uninhibited views of the lush countryside: towering mountains, lush scenes and the incredibly well preserved Dutch architecture of the area.
Nestled at the foot of the lofty mountains of the Cape, Franschhoek is outstanding for some of the finest restaurants in the country, which together with the wine culture and a pristine beauty have rightly earned it the “food and wine capital” of South Africa. The valley was originally “Olifantshoek”,named after hordes of elephants that roamed the area, but the name soon changed to Franschhoek which means “French Corner”, from the more than 2000 refugees that found refuge here from France fleeing from religious persecution 300 years ago. Here, they established vineyards and resumed their traditional winemaking activities.
These farms have now become world renowned wineries, and the main drawer of scores of tourists who troop to the village to chug its thoroughly exquisite wines.