Animal Activities

South Africa is well known for its wild life and we are also passionate pet lovers.  When visiting Franschhoek, you will find that tradition continued here in the winelands.  We even offer you the opportunity to do your wine tasting on the back of a Safari vehicle and viewing some game on one of our largest wine farms.  Coupled with spectacular views of the valley, fabulous wines, water falls and lake lodges, it is a tour not be missed.

 You can do some bird watching or visit wild animals such as crocodiles, lions or cheetahs or you could visit the farm animal sanctuary and meet Pigcasso, our famous pig-artist.

You could do some wine tasting on horse-back or you indulge in a bit of relaxing trout fishing.

Activities with Animals

South Africa is well known for its wild life and love for animals.  In Franschhoek we love them just as much and you have plenty of opportunity to see and interact with a whole lot of them.
Cape Gannets


Three bird-watching tours available
Bird-watching is becoming an ever increasing hobby world wide.  The Western Cape has a number of endemic Fynbos species that are not found anywhere else in the world and it is a popular destination to increase a birders life list.  

Transport to the various venues is included in the price, as well as a qualified, knowledgeable bird guide.  Bring along your binoculars and bird book (not essential). A comprehensive list of birds seen on the tour will be emailed to you after the tour.

We offer 3 birding tours to suit you schedule:

1.  Half-day birding in and around Franschhoek.  We visit the local birding spots and pick up the local birds and hopefully a few of the endemics.

RATE:  Valid until 31Mar20
R 1 050.00 per adult
R 1 900.00 per couple

2.  Full day birding.  We start in Franschhoek and make our way towards the south coast town of Betty's Bay, stopping at premium birding spots along the way.  Lunch at own cost in Betty's Bay.  Local endemics as well as waders and water birds to be seen on this tour.

RATE:  Valid until 31Mar20
R 2 150.00 per adult
R 4 000.00 per couple

3.  Two day birding up the west coast.  We start in Franschhoek and make our way up the west coast to the town of Lamberts Bay stopping at many excellent birding spots along the way.  Accommodation in self-catering units, dinner and breakfast included in rate.

RATE:  Valid until 31Mar20
R 7 000.00 per adult
R 12 000.00 per couple


Farm Animal sanctuary
A great outing for the kids is to visit the Animal Sanctuary in Franschhoek.  Many farm animals to see and a special visit to Pigcasso, the famous painting pig. 
A fun activity to keep the little ones entertained on your next visit to Franschhoek.


Wild Life in Franschhoek
Franschhoek and the wine valley are home to a number of wild animal sanctuaries bringing wild life closer to our guests.  Join our Wild Life Tour and visit all the sanctuaries in a day and get up close and personal with your favourite.  An exciting and educational excursion, guaranteed to be a hit with the younger folk especially, but moms and dads will love it too.

Visit the following on this amazing tour:
1.  Cheetah Outreach
2.  Lion Park
3. Giraffe house (which is home to a number of wild life, not only their gorgeous giraffe!)
4. The animal sanctuary at Butterfly world (plenty of butterflys to walk between as well as birds, primates, insects, reptiles and other small mammals)

Lunch is available at the Animal Sanctuary for your own account.  Transport up to 3 people is available and included in the price.  Larger groups to supply own transport.

RATE:  Please request a quote below.
Horse back wine tours


Horse-back wine tours, out rides and carriage rides
Horses have been a favourite mode of transport for hundreds of years and out in the country where we are, it is no different.  

You may choose to visit a couple of wine farms by horse-back, a firm favourite with our guests, or if you prefer, you may choose to go for a stunning ride out between the vines and orchards.  We also have old-fashioned horse drawn carriage rides available on one of the large wine farms.  You choose, we book it for you.  No experience necessary.

Horses are chosen according to your experience level.  Riding helmets are provided and you are led by an experienced horse guide. It is important to wear shoes with a slight heel.  Please supply your age, height, weight and experience level when booking.  Maximum weight per person is 100kgs.

Transport to the stables is for your own account.  Use your own or we can supply transfers if necessary.  Stables are not in the village.

RATE:  Please request a quote below.
croc cage diving


Crocodile-cage diving, farm tours and fishing
Looking for something completely different?  Visit our local Crocodile farm for an adrenaline pumping diving experience, not for the faint hearted, to be sure.

The Croc Farm rears hundred of Nile Crocodiles, the only crocs found on the African continent.  They also conducts guided tours of the facility.  Get there in time and you could watch the great beasts enjoying their meal.

Or if it is a spot of quiet fishing you enjoy, put your feet up next to the dam and fish away.  Rods are available for hire and it is a catch and release basis.

A reptile show also takes place during the day or you could view them in the Reptile centre at your leisure.

Refreshments and meals are available in the Croc Cafe and crocodile skin products are on sale in their store.

RATE:  Please request a quote below.  State which activity you are interested in.
safari wine tasting


Wine tasting and game viewing
Join us for a wine tasting with a difference, on the back of a Safari Vehicle (don't worry, blankets will be provided when its chilly). Taste 5 stunning wines while driving around a picturesque vineyard searching for the various wild game that live between the trees.

Follow that up with a tour of their ancient cellar, the oldest in the village, and finish off with a glass of bubbly at the neighbouring farm with the best views in town!

RATE:  Valid until 31Mar19
R 1 350.00 per adult
R    600.00 per child under 18
(Alcohol not available to children under the age of 18)