A visit to Franskraal is akin to travelling back in time. It is unpretentious and the way of life that residents have come accustomed to is uncomplicated and slow-moving. Tourists exploring the village are likely to spend their days outside. There are plenty of views to marvel over and a beach to either bask in the sunshine, or an ocean to paddle one’s feet in.
The seaside village is located on the outskirts of Gansbaai with the neighbouring town of Klein Baai found to the east.
Upon your entry into the town, you’ll see rows of white-washed cottages which speak of a bygone era. Adjacent to these cottages is a milkwood-dominated forest where nature-lovers can amble through on a lazy afternoon. The marked ‘Melkhartbos Trail’ is easy to follow, and takes you into the heart of the forest. The distance of the route is approximately two kilometres and will take you an hour to finish if you’re walking at a slow, meandering pace. Enjoy the sounds of silence and be on the lookout for a diverse array of plant and bird species.
If you’re looking to learn about the history or cultural happenings of the village, the Standveld Museum is positioned near the Franskraal cliffs. Not only will you learn interesting tidbits, but you’ll view the remnants of a shipwreck – the HMT Birkenhead which ran aground at Danger Point in 1852. The museum is run by local historians who know everything there is to know about the village, and will gladly divulge their in-depth knowledge to all those who are interested.
Horseback riding is popular in close by Gansbaai, where many trails are available at all difficulty levels – so if it’s your first time on the back of these majestic beasts – feel assured knowing you’re in safe hands. Horse riders have the option of walking, trotting or galloping through the forest or on the beach. The Klipgat Caves found nearby are worthy of a quick visit too. These caves are steeped in history, having been inhabited by our ancestors over 80 000 years ago.
If you like to live on the edge, go down under with Shark Cage Diving Unlimited. The diving is managed by Mike Ruthern and is the shark diving spot of choice for major celebrities, including Brad Pitt and Prince Harry.
Culture enrichment, adventurous outdoors activities and picturesque views are not the only attractions of Franskraal, but holiday accommodation grants you a ‘home-away-from-home’ feel during your stay at the various establishments in the area.
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Franskraal Collection is a unique cluster of coastal properties that offers luxurious self-catering accommodation on the edge of the ocean. Melkboom, Rots 'n See and Kormorant are all in seafront Seav... More Info
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Fairytale, upmarket holiday home which is situated in the peaceful town of Franskraal, 50 km's from Hermanus and 150km's from Cape Town International Airport. Come and relax in our beautiful home, wh... More Info
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Franskraal, a humble and unpretentious town situated at the edge of the Danger Point Peninsula, awaits you to discover all its jewels it has to offer.
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A spacious, modern Beach House, perfect for a large group or family to spend relaxed days whale-watching, hiking or simply admiring the sparkling ocean. This light and sunny Cape Cod beach house is be... More Info
Franskraal Bed and Breakfast has been awarded a very well deserved 4 star grading by the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa, benchmarking this establishment as one of the finest in the area. Fra... More Info
"The Getaway" - your seaside escape, your family retreat, a few meters from the Sea!
The beach house has 180 degrees view of the ocean and its walking distance to the ocean.
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The Edge, is a self-catering house located in Franskraal close to the sea. As one of the old houses in the area it has an old world charm to it.
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Holiday House has 6 sleeping areas. 1 private with double bed on second floor. 2 private with double beds on ground floor. 1 semi-private with double bed in den in double volume in front of house. 1... More Info
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Beautiful place. Small town vibe. Not commercialised at all which is awesome. Definitely the place for fishermen.
- Sonett Farrell
The true beach holiday experience
- Johan Jordaan
Franskraal is so peaceful and tranquil. A beautiful town with friendly people that made me feel welcome.
- Philipine Burt
For peace of mind and soul, it's the place to be Franskraal.
- Faik Fredericks
I love Franskraal with it's friendly people. It is just a beautiful peaceful place and refreshes your body, mind and soul. Franskraal was our first holiday destination when we married 32 years ago and it was wonderful to be back with my grandchildren. For 5 years in a row we spent our Christmas holidays at Franskraal and my children could show their children where they used to play on the rocks. Not much has changed since then and that is what we love most.
- Valerie Samuel