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“Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve and Hiking Trails, Franschhoek, South Africa”

Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve
Ranked #12 of 59 things to do in Franschhoek
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Franschhoek, Cape Winelands, South Africa
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11 reviews
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“Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve and Hiking Trails, Franschhoek, South Africa”
Reviewed May 25, 2012

Both half and full day hikes. Beautiful vistas 180 degrees; indigenous plants well maintained by removal of alien Australian wattles and eucalyptus and American pines. A permit must be purchased from the Tourism bureau for R20pp. Adequate parking and a well drawn up glossy brochure/map in colour is available.

Visited March 2012
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“For paragliding!”
Reviewed February 20, 2012

We went to Mont Rochelle for some hiking, however due to the heat (again) and some sudden interruptions on the way, we didnt walk far.
The mountain is not very tall, and the hiking path is of good quality. Already when parking you get a panoramic view of the valley of Franschhoek and if lucky (as we were) you bump into a Paragliding school that are practising that day.

So, from a rather small cliff, there were around 15 paragliders doing their thing, and we stopped to watch..turning into wanting to fly. Berry from Franschhoek paragliding told us we could do a tandem jump for 950 €, but unfortunately the wind blew up and it was impossible to go that day (making us book it for Cape Town though that is another story).

We met some hikers on the way back that said the trail is very good and that it is easy to do it by bike aswell (which we often prefer). Next time we'll do that!

FYI there are 2 mountain bike companies in town, and do book in advance as they are popular!

Visited February 2012
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“If you like a good mountain hike, this is the place to come.”
Reviewed February 7, 2011

The reserve offer a wonderful array of walk, varying in length and difficulty. If you are fit and like to walk fast you can halve the times estimated in the reserve map.
Paths are beautifully maintained and are very clearly marked.
If you are a bird watcher look out for the Cape Rockjumper. I saw quite a few on the walk to DuToitskop.
The views from DuToitskop are spectacular.
You will enjoy your hike.

Visited February 2011
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“Spectacular!”
Reviewed June 8, 2010

The Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve offers commanding views of the Franschhoek Valley, Wemmershoek Dam and parts of Theewaterskloof Dam. On a clear day Table Mountain is visible and seems almost close enough to touch! It makes for a hilly and challenging walk in places with access to a small number of rivers and rock pools that are glorious in summer but a little chilly and swollen in winter. There are a small number of routes and walks take anything from an hour to a day. There's no overnight hiking, which is a pity.

There are some small buck, the (very) occasional leopard, the odd bod (although it's not nearly as popular as it deserves to be), a good number of birds, a massive selection of fynbos, generally friendly creepy crawlies and those views! Venomous snakes are visible in summer but they tend to dissappear in time not to a problem. Decent walking shoes, water and a camera are a must. As with all outdoor areas, especially in the Western Cape, the weather can be fickle so go prepared with some warm clothes, nibbles and a torch - just in case.

There's a decent map available from the local info office and entry costs R20 pp or a little more than R100 for a family for the year.

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