Franschhoek, South Africa
Last updated on Jul 10, 2023
Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Franschhoek, South Africa. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.
What do I need to know before moving to Franschhoek?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Franschhoek, they said:
"Franschhoek is a small town in the Western Cape Province of South Africa, known for its picturesque landscapes, vineyards, and a strong culinary scene. The official language is Afrikaans, but English is widely spoken, so communication should not be a problem. The cost of living is relatively high compared to other parts of South Africa, due to its status as a tourist destination and wine-producing region. The town is safe compared to larger cities in South Africa, but expats should still take standard precautions to protect their personal safety and belongings. The healthcare system in South Africa is generally good, but private healthcare is recommended for expats for more comprehensive coverage. Franschhoek has a Mediterranean climate, with hot summers and mild, wet winters. The town is located in a valley, so it can get quite hot in the summer months. The town is known for its food and wine, with many high-quality restaurants and vineyards. The Franschhoek Wine Tram is a popular tourist attraction, offering a hop-on hop-off tour of the vineyards. Franschhoek has a small, close-knit community, and expats may find it takes some time to integrate. However, the locals are generally friendly and welcoming. Public transportation is limited, so having a car is almost essential for getting around. The town is also quite walkable, and cycling is a popular mode of transport. Franschhoek has a range of accommodation options, from apartments to larger houses. Rent can be quite high, especially for properties with a view or a pool. The town has a number of good schools, both public and private, and is also close to several universities in Cape Town. Franschhoek has a slower pace of life compared to larger cities, and is a great place for those who enjoy outdoor activities, with plenty of opportunities for hiking, cycling, and horse riding. Finally, it's important to note that while Franschhoek is a beautiful and generally safe place to live, South Africa as a whole does have issues with crime and social inequality, and it's important to be aware of these broader social issues," remarked one expat who made the move to Franschhoek.
How do I find a place to live in Franschhoek?
About the Author
Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.
Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.
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