The first recorded discovery of Franskraal was when the HMS Birkenhead ran aground of Danger point in 1852. Artifacts of the shipwreck are housed in the Strandveld Museum.
From what can be established Franskraal was established around 1930 and was named after a shepherd that worked for a farmer named Piet van der Byl who was a former minister.
Franskraal is supported by farming of livestock like sheep which are well suited to the weather conditions and the seemingly arid landscape. Indigenous fynbos grows in the region and there is small deer roaming the region too.
It is well understood that Franskraal is firstly a town where people like to retire and secondly a holiday resort/ destination. Since the 1930’s people have been coming to this picturesque village to escape the humdrum of city life.
Located in the Overberg between the Uilkraal River estuary and Gansbaai.
The white beaches and rock pools attract tourists for the tranquillity and unspoilt nature along with fishing.
The popularity of Franskraal has increased and tourism is now a major source of income and property development in Franskraal making it a stable source of investment.
Properties range from affordable to upmarket and there are vacant stands up for development which is a viable investment prospect for the family looking for a long term holiday destination.
There is currently around 1000 permanent residents living in Franskraal which will translate to reasonable quiet even during peak holiday season.
Attractions in the region are not limited to the beautiful nature and they include caged shark diving at Hermanus, whale watching in Hermanus, hiking and mountain biking in the surrounding nature trails and Strandveld Museum.
There is also fishing at a few sites including Danger point Lighthouse, Gruisgat and De Kelders.
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