Thrills and Spills: Franschhoek Mystery Weekends

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Franschhoek Mystery Weekends – a must for your bucket list!

Imagine an all-inclusive winelands getaway, where your whole weekend has been meticulously planned for you, from check in to check out. Every single little detail taken care of, including food and DRINK.

And thrills, of course, because that’s the main idea behind Franschhoek Mystery Weekends! THRIILLLLSS…

You’d be forgiven for thinking it’s a all a dream, but this can be your reality!

Franschhoek’s popular Mystery Weekends hold the promise of surprise, relaxation and pure indulgence.

Your all-encompassing weekend includes all that Franschhoek is known for – from luxurious accommodation, award-winning wines, gourmet cuisine and bespoke experiences.

Give it up Moira, we know you want to do this, so book already, willya?

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Since its inception in 2012 the Mystery Weekends have welcomed almost 2 000 visitors to the region, reaffirming Franschhoek as one of SA’s premier travel destinations.

“It’s always been a fun-filled weekend and the anticipation of not knowing your location until you draw your box adds to the excitement.

You can never tire of what is on offer in Franschhoek. It’s excellent value for the entire weekend compared to the high season rates, and we have met some wonderful new friends from past Mystery Weekends,” comments a regular Mystery Weekend guest.

The Franschhoek Mystery Weekends are ideally suited to couples, seeking time out from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The allure of the weekend is that you don’t need to book a single thing as it is all taken care of for you. Bam! Just like that.

Your experience starts with an exclusive (and unconventional) check-in event planned for all guests. Mingle over a glass of wine before opening your special Mystery Weekend box, which contains all of the exciting details as to where you’ll be staying, where you’ll be dining and what you’ll be experiencing, including a fun and informal evening where you are welcomed to the valley in true Franschhoek fashion.

Although most of your weekend is pre-planned, there is ample time to enjoy a leisurely stroll through the village to browse the local market, art galleries, artisanal chocolate shops and bespoke boutique ateliers you’re bound to discover.

Choose between three fabulous packages on offer, which are categorized according to their accommodation offerings.

Ultimate (R8 200 per couple)

The crème de la crème of accommodation in the valley.

Superior (R5 650 per couple)

Stylish boutique hotels and guest houses.

Premium (R5 300 per couple)

Premium self-catering accommodation in the heart of the valley.

The cost per couple includes the following:

  • Two nights’ accommodation;
  • Breakfast daily;
  • A surprise event on the Friday night;
  • Dinner on the Saturday night;
  • A light lunch on the Sunday;
  • A selection of fun filled bespoke Franschhoek experiences which will be revealed upon your check and are guaranteed to be memorable.

The confirmed dates for this year’s Franschhoek Mystery Weekends are 26 and 27 July; 23 and 24 August, with the final weekend set for 27 and 28 September. Bookings for all three dates open on 13 May, and don’t delay as these weekends sell out fast.

For bookings or queries please contact Carmen Arendse on


  • Rates are for two persons sharing per weekend;
  • Full payment confirms your booking;
  • Not transferable and non-refundable;
  • No children or infants allowed.
  • Excludes transport and flights.
  • Accommodation, meals and activities are not transferable.

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