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GUIDED HIKING TOURS

 Hiking in Franschhoek is an experience not be missed. The Franschhoek Valley is nestled between beautiful, dramatic mountains. It’s the first thing you notice as you come into our valley! Beautiful, majestic mountains! It is the one thing all our visitors agree on. Wine tastes may differ but the mountains have a tremendous impact on everyone.

@ 62 Huguenot Rd, Franschhoek

Price varies per hike

Minimum 2 Pax per booking until 31Aug20

Daily Trips: 8am

2 - 4 hours

4 hrs, from R600/person

UITKYK TRAIL

The Uitkyk Trail is approximately 6km’s long and takes us up the Zig Zag path to Breakfast rock and then around the mountain towards the back.  The Uitkyk Point (which means Look Out Point) has a stunning view which you don’t expect.

Bring your snacks and coffee along to enjoy during our resst there before we head back.

4 hrs, from R900/person

VISTA TRAIL

This circular trail includes the Breakfast Rock Trail and a short section of the Du Toitskop Trail. Most hikers walk the Vista Trail in a clockwise direction.

The trail climbs about 275m to reach an elevation of 1028m above sea level.
It’s about 315m to the panoramic viewpoint.

On this part of the trail Lion’s Head and Table Mountain can be seen through the Helshoogte gap between Simonsberg (right) and Groot Drakenstein Mountain (left) on a clear day.

2 hrs, from R450/person

SNAKE ALLEY TRAIL

We will walk to the start of the hike which is approximately 2.5km from the gate. The initial walk is on a straight wide dirt road and an easy walk.

Once at the start of the hike we cross the Berg River bridge and make our way along the bottom of the mountain straddling the river. After crossing a small stream, we ascend to the first contour line and make our way back towards the bridge along the windy dirt track from where the trail gets its name. We eventually meet up with the concrete road and make our way down to the bridge and walk back to the gate.

The distance from the gate and back is 12km.  This is an easy hike suitable for all fitness levels.

2 hrs, from R450/person

FAN ALOE TRAIL SUNSET HIKE

We start the trail at the wine tasting centre and hike out back into the Wemmershoek Mountains, along paths trodden by baboons for centuries. We climb the koppies to experience the spectacular views of the Simonsberg Mountains and surrounds.

We are treated to a wonderful display of the regionally endemic Fan Aloe (Franschhoek Aloe) and the beautiful and very rare Blushing Bride Protea amongst many other gorgeous Fynbos plants.

The view is stunning from up there and we have cleared a seating area where we will sip some wine while watching the sun start to set. But don’t worry, we will be down before it gets dark! A fabulous way to end the day.

Departs Daily at 8am or 3:30pm

From the Franschhoek Adventure Centre. Scheduled Pickups Available upon Request.

Details & Itinerary

Wonderful views, beautiful Fynbos (the smallest and most diverse Floral Kingdom in the world) and endemic bird life are all waiting to be enjoyed.

Your experienced guide will show you the way, point out animal tracks in the soft sandy areas, give you a brief history of the valley, identify birds and flowers as they are seen and on cold days, a mid-way stop for coffee is always enjoyed. There are plenty of photo ops to be had of the valley spread out below you so don’t forget your camera phone.

What You Should Bring

Bring:

  • Water in a resuable water bottle and snacks
  • Light small backpack
  • Cell phone Camera for special memories and Social Media sharing

Wear:

  • Good walking shoes with tread or hiking boots
  • Comfortable clothing
  • Light wind jacket
  • Sunhat -VERY important – There is no shade on our trails
  • Sunscreen

PLEASE NOTE:  You do not need walking poles on our trails

Inclusions & Exclusions

Inclusions:

  • Transfer to the start of the hike.
  • Entrance fees and permits
  • Knowledgeable and registered nature guide.
  • A fun informative interactive experience.

Exclusions:

  • Snacks and water
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature.
Fitness Level

Our trails are rocky and some steep (Vista Trail) or uphill climbing (Vista and Uitykyk) on rocky steps.   Moderate fitness and sure-footedness is required.

The ability to walk for between 7 – 12 kms in necessary.

Not suitable for people with hip, knee or ankle problems.

Pick Up & Drop Off

We depart from and return to the Franschhoek Adventure Centre which is at Shop 5, upstairs @ 62 Huguenot Rd, Franschhoek (right next to the Tourism Office).

Duration & Cost

Duration:  3 – 4 Hours

Rate:   For Visa, Uitkyk & Snake Alley from 01 Apr 20 – 31 Aug 20: 

Min of 2 pax per booking

600.00 per adult

R300.00 per child (5 – 12)

Rate:   For Fan Aloe Trail Sunset Hike from 01 Apr 20 – 31 Aug 20: 

Min of 2 pax per booking

R350.00 per adult

R150.00per child (5 -12)