At Grande Provence we are proud of our exciting range of activities that will endeavour to make your stay even more memorable and to ensure your return. We realise however, that a paragraph or two cannot fully explain the details of every activity that may interest you. Recognising this, one of our professional guides will be more than happy to meet with you, in the comfort of The Owner’s Cottage to explain in detail the various options that are available. At any time during your stay, general information on the area can be obtained from our staff.
Enjoy your stay with us and we believe your biggest challenge will be choosing which activity not to choose...
Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve
The Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve is well worth a visit to experience our Franschhoek mountain fynbos flora in all its splendour. The 1759 hectare reserve was proclaimed in 1982 and forms part of the Boland Biosphere Reserve, a UNESCO declared World Heritage Site. The highest peak within its boundaries is Perdekop (1575 m); other prominent peaks are DuToitskop (1418m) and Middagkrans (1029 m).
Day Permits: R40 per adult. Accompanied children under 16 have free entry. Permits for the reserve are available at the entrance or online.
08h00 – 17h00
The Franschhoek Motor Museum offers visitors a special opportunity to look back at more than 100 years of motoring history with its unique and exciting collection of vehicles, motorcycles, bicycles and memorabilia in the magnificent setting of L’Ormarins. Featuring an extensive collection of antique and vintage cars and motorcycles, the Franschhoek Motor Museum portrays the evolution of the automobile.
Monday – Friday 1000- 16h00,
Saturday- Sunday 10h00 - 15h00 by appointment only
Cycling and Hiking
If you are looking for outdoor adventure, Experience Franschhoek has it all. This adventure operator offers an online booking facility for all Franschhoek outdoor activities including guided mountain bike tours and hiking trails. For the more adventurous there is crocodile cage diving and an adrenaline pumping canopy tour.
Guests are asked exactly what is of interest to them such as schools, hospitals etc. The tour will be organized accordingly.
Franschhoek has a number of fine boutiques for visitors looking for something special to take home. For quality fashion, we recommend Indian Summer. This stylish boutique prides itself on showcasing the latest trends from Europe alongside the very best South African designed clothing and accessories. You are sure to experience insightful personal service with detailed product knowledge in a stress free shopping environment.
Find the Franschhoek Boutique at 50 Huguenot Road, Franschhoek.
Huguenot Fine Chocolates offers a delicious range of chocolates, handcrafted from the finest imported Belgian chocolate by Belgian-qualified chocolatiers by Danver Windvogel and Denver Adonis. Chocolates are made in full view of visitors to the chocolaterie. The Chocolate Experience, a half-hour programme of tasting, demonstrations and chocolate history, is held regularly. You can find a variety of gifts, biscuits and novelties.
Find them at 62 Huguenot Rd, Franschhoek, 7690
Franschhoek has a number to excellent art galleries. In addition to The Gallery at Grande Provence, we recommend Christies Art Gallery for sculptures, ceramics, paintings, and handcrafted jewellery. The art gallery situated upstairs from the jewellery studio, is managed by artist Ben Eloff. You will find pieces by local artists such as Adriaan Boschoff, Anton Benson and sculptors Lydia and Anthony Da Silva.
The gallery is situated at Bijoux Square, 60 Huguenot Street, Franschhoek
Pearl Valley Golf Course
Situated in the picturesque Paarl-Franschhoek Valley, 35 minutes from Cape Town, Pearl Valley forms part of Val de Vie Estate, internationally recognized for its wine making and polo facilities. The majestic Simonsberg and Drakenstein mountains provide a dramatic backdrop for the acclaimed Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course. Residents enjoy a safe, exclusive lifestyle in a magnificent setting. Discover ‘Life Worth Living’ in a place they call the Valley of Life. As the name implies, the Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course truly bears the signature of the world’s preeminent golf course designer. Named the Best Conditioned golf course in the Western Cape for 2010, 2011, 2012/2013 and again for 2014/2015 by Golf Digest magazine. Since 2006 consistently ranked among the top ten courses in South Africa by Golf Digest magazine. Awarded the Five Star Experience Award by Compleat Golfer for six consecutive years.