Franskraal Accommodation 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 Seaview Drive of tranquil Franskraal. Kormorant Apartment is a romantic getaway for two while Rots ‘n See Self-catering Villa is a family house with robust elegance and spacious enough to house 12 people in comfort. The serene energy of hundred-year old milkwood trees blends with the sounds of the boisterous ocean in the living room of Melkboom Self-catering Villa. Melkboom can accommodate up to 12 friends or family members for a holiday, reunion or festival. Lobelia Self-catering Boutique nestles at the foot of the Franskraal Mountain in the green fields of the farm Groeneweide from where there is a panoramic view of the ocean. Lobelia can accommodate up to 6 people and is an ideal bridal suite for the bride and her entourage the night before the wedding and for the newlyweds when they use one of the wedding venues in the area. Families can experience farm animals, a farm and garden shop and walks in nature.
KORMORANT APARTMENT (Seaview Drive 57): Bachelor style accommodation with double bed in living room, fully equipped kitchenette and separate bathroom. Sea view. ROTS ‘N SEE SELF-CATERING VILLA (Seaview Drive 47): Five bedrooms and four full or partial bathrooms (3 en suite). Open plan lounge and dining room with indoor patio and braai. Dream kitchen with all amenities. DSTV. Panoramic sea view. MELKBOOM SELF-CATERING VILLA (Seaview Drive 23): Six bedrooms and four full or partial bathrooms (2 en suite). Open plan lounge and dining room with an outdoor patio and braai in backyard. Fully equipped kitchen. DSTV. Panoramic sea view. LOBELIA SELF-CATERING BOUTIQUE (on Groeneweide Farm): Three bedrooms and two bathrooms (one en suite). Open plan lounge and fully equipped kitchen. Fireplace. Covered outside patio and braai. Beautiful garden and open space for children to play.
Franskraal is about two hours’ drive from Cape Town and is a suburb of the fishing village of Gansbaai in the Overberg.
Gansbaai is famous for the Marine 5 and that is due to a small island and outcrop about 5 km offshore. Dyer Island and Geyser Rock is a conservation area and home of the threatened Jackass Penguin, thousands of cormorants and the Cape Fur Seal. White Sharks prefer “Shark Alley” between the two islands to feed on the seals.
Gansbaai has a vibrant marine industry based around the harbour with a fleet of trawlers, subsistence fishers, a fish factory and abalone farms. The area is equally popular for recreational fishing and has many local recreational beach and offshore fishing enthusiasts.
The budding wine industry in the Elim area on the doorstep of Gansbaai is worth a visit. Interesting nearby small towns can be explored on a circular route through Stanford, Napier, Struisbaai, Elim and Baardskeerdersbos.
In Room Facilities:
Bedrooms are spacious with a variety of double and twin bed formations to choose from. Linen is provided with pillows and extra blankets for chilly winter evenings. Bathrooms are either full family with bath and shower or shower or bath only. Bath and beach towels are provided for guests.
MARINE BIG 5: Gansbaai is one of the few places in the world to find sharks, whales, dolphins, seals and penguins together. Tours, boat-based diving trips, conservation activities and the penguin rehabilitation centre give intrepid visitor close encounters with these amazing marine animals.
THE FUNKY FYNBOS FESTIVAL, a country adventure in September is a highlight on the Gansbaai community calendar. Mountain bike races and run trails, fynbos displays, 4x4 drives, coastal garden festival, markets, fine food and wine and many more will keep the spirited visitor engaged for the weekend.
SEA HARVESTING: Beach and boat-based angling is popular amongst locals and visitors alike. For the less daring, buy fresh fish in the harbour or buy freshly baked fish from one of the local fish-and-chips shops. Gansbaai is famous for abalone farming and kelp harvesting. Savour abalone delicatessen in one of the local restaurants.
WINE AND CONSERVATION: Travel from Gansbaai over Elim to Bredasdorp and meander through the picturesque Strandveld where six Elim Winegrowers conquered the inhospitable but extraordinary terroir of Elim. Visit one of the farms to taste the premium quality wines. On the same road the unique Nuwejaars Wetlands Special Management Area that protects and rehabilitates the Agulhas Plain is open for visitors.