For those of us who remember dancing cheek-to-cheek to Goodbye Yellowbrick Road, the mere mention of Elton John strikes a soft place of nostalgia. Together with Ray Cooper, he will be performing “Under African Skies” on 28 March, to a delighted audience appreciating the idyllic setting of a Franschhoek wine estate. Bookings for the show can be made through Computicket.

And now on to cheese. The S.A. Cheese Festival is a popular annual event that attracts thousands of cheese-lovers and fun-seekers from far and wide to savour four days of demos, tastings and entertainment. The festival takes place at the lovely Bien Donné estate, situated between Franschhoek and Paarl. Book at Computicket.

When it comes to accommodation in Franschhoek, Exclusive Getawys has a couple of suggestions.  And Special Offers!

Franschhoek Country House & Villas is a gorgeous Franschhoek getaway and is offering one complimentary night when you book and pay for two nights between 12 April and 31 May 2010. Enjoy a total of three nights in a luxurious room set against the mountains of Franschhoek. On site there’s the Monneaux Restaurant, which also extends onto a beautiful outdoor fountain terrace where you’ll want to make the most of summer’s warm days.

Le Franschhoek Hotel & Spa is a modern luxury hotel hotel with 79 rooms, tucked away on a quiet country estate against the Franschhoek mountains. It sits just outside the town of Franschhoek.  You can choose to stay in an immaculate bedroom, a suite, chalet or villa. Self-catering is an option too.  Hotel facilities include a spa and wellness centre, a swimming pool, tennis court. Staying here, you’re surrounded by flourishing wine estates, so there is plenty to explore. Make use of an Exclusive Getaways special offer from R1095 per person per night bed & breakfast, valid until the end of April.

If you’d like to bed down on a 300-year-old wine estate in Paarl, there’s a special offer :

"Le Franschhoek Hotel & Spa"
Fine views at Le Franschhoek Hotel & Spa

at Palmiet Valley Estate, from R575 per person per night sharing, bed & breakfast. Gleaming wooden floors, original art, and ancient oaks and vineyards are all part of the enormous appeal.