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“If you like a good mountain hike, this is the place to come.”

Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve
Ranked #12 of 59 things to do in Franschhoek
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
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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