A Tale of Two Trams

Trams are a regular feature of movie scenes filmed in San Francisco, affording the audiences a glimpse of this classic mode of transport. For those not content to merely watch trams on the big screen, visitors to L’Ormarins Estate and Anthonij Rupert Estate, situated in the breathtaking Franschhoek Wine Valley, are offered a unique opportunity to experience this iconic way of travel.


Owner Johann Rupert’s dream of providing visitors with a unique and scenic way to travel between the two visitor facilities, has finally become a reality with the introduction of two specially built trams. The two facilities are the Franschhoek Motor Museum on L’Ormarins Estate and the two Tasting Rooms (Terra del Capo and Anthonij Rupert) situated on the adjacent farm, Anthonij Rupert Estate.


Using the traditional San Francisco trams as a guideline, these trams look like their genuine counterparts with the only difference being that these do not travel on tracks but rather on the road. The trams will travel in tandem between the venues, with each journey lasting approximately 30 minutes.  It will operate on a hop-on hop-off basis, ensuring visitors a relaxed and truly memorable experience as they travel through the vineyards. This system allows visitors a comfortable journey through the most scenic parts of the estate, with several special viewing spots to take photographs or simply admire the scenery. The large windows of the vehicle are specially designed to allow guests the opportunity to enjoy the splendid vistas of the Franschhoek Wine Valley, the splendid vineyards of Anthonij Rupert Wyne as well as the majestic Groot Drakenstein Mountains.  



There can be few better ways to experience two internationally recognised estates without having to drive yourself.  Take a day to visit the Franschhoek Motor Museum, taste superb wines and then end off the visit with a scrumptious lunch, either under the olive trees or in the antipasto bar at the Terra del Capo Tasting Room.



The two trams will be available to visitors from March 2014, and for more information contact 021 874 9004.


Author: Bernhard Ernst


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