Franschhoek Mystery Weekends – a must for your bucket list


IMAGINE an all-inclusive winelands getaway, where your weekend has been meticulously planned for you from check in to check out. You’d be forgiven for thinking it’s a dream, but this can be your reality. Franschhoek’s popular Mystery Weekends holds the promise of surprise, relaxation and pure indulgence.

Your all-encompassing weekend includes everything Franschhoek is known for – luxurious accommodation, award-winning wines, gourmet cuisine and bespoke experiences. Since their inception in 2012 the Mystery Weekends have welcomed more than 2000 visitors to the region, reaffirming Franschhoek as one of SA’s premier travel destinations.

The 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.

Your experience begins 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 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. This year a few more surprises have been added which will be revealed over the course of the weekend.

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 two fabulous packages on offer, which are categorised according to their accommodation offerings: Ultimate (R8 650 per couple) – the crème de la crème of accommodation in the valley; and Superior (R6 350per couple) – stylish boutique hotels and guest houses.

The cost per couple includes the following:

  • Two nights’ accommodation
  • Breakfast daily
  • A surprise event on the Friday night
  • Dinner on the Saturday night
  • Lunch on the Sunday
  • As well as a selection of fun filled bespoke Franschhoek experiences which will be revealed upon arrival.

The confirmed dates for this year’s Mystery Weekends are 3 to 5 June; 26 to 28 August, with the final weekend set for 30 September to 2 October. Bookings for all three dates are already open so don’t delay as they sell out fast.

For bookings or queries email Carmen Arendse on [email protected]


  • 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
  • Should the organisers have to cancel the weekend as a result of lockdown restriction levels, guests have the option to have the amount already paid transferred to alternate Franschhoek Mystery Weekend date or request a full refund less an administrative fee of R500
  • All Covid-19 protocols will be in place throughout the weekend
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