La Rive

Step out of La Rive’s front door and you’ll find a quaint village with a charming high street, literally on your doorstep. Take a step out of the backdoor and you’ll find a lush, secret garden with breathtaking views of the mountains beyond. It really is the best of both worlds; you can simply come to stay or you can come to play. And, with a live-in cook and butler you may never want to leave. 

Welcome to quintessential Franschhoek. Known to many as the food and wine capital of South Africa, there is no better place for your pre- or post-safari R&R. This little hamlet’s name is of Dutch origin, and translates directly to “French Corner” and that’s exactly what it was – a refuge for 300 French Huguenots fleeing their homeland when King Louis XIV banned Protestantism in the late 1600s. And the rest, as they say, is history.  The owners of La Rive spent two years restoring and stylishly decorating the homestead in a way that honours its history and maintains its authenticity. The owner said of La Rive, “It’s how I imagined the house would have evolved if the family who built it had lived here forever.” With six ensuite luxury bedrooms you’ll be able to accommodate the entire family as well as the new friends you’ll meet along the way.

Stuff we love

Bienvenue à la maison

  • We love how homey the villa is. It has a personality and character of its own, filled with personal touches, lovely details and loads of local art. 
  • Take a day off. Wake up to a delicious, home-cooked breakfast and then relax around the pool without another human habitation in sight.
  • Fantasising that we own the homestead and inviting friends over for a boozy lunch.

La Rive in pictures

This is why we do what we do Our travellers' stories


Take a look around for a bit of inspiration.

Tell us what your dream safari looks like. 

Next, your Personal Travel Planner will schedule a call to plan the perfect adventure.

Confirm your trip and get packing.


Ready to go? Give us a shout and let’s start planning your next adventure. We’re almost as excited as you are.