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POST LOCKDOWN HIKING

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

R150/R350 Children/Adults

Minimum 2 guests per booking till 30 Nov 2020

Daily Trips: 8am

3 Different Trails available

3 - 4 hours

4 hrs, from R350/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 rest there before we head back.

3 hrs, from R350/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.

3 hrs, from R350/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.

Departs Daily at 8am

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

Details & Itinerary

THE POST LOCKDOWN SPECIAL is valid for the following trails:
– Uitkyk Trail on Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve
– Vista Trail on Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve
– Snake Alley on the Berg River Conservation Area

From a relatively easy (if a little steep) 2 hour ramble to more strenuous hikes, we offer two trails (Uitkyk and Vista) in the Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve and one (Snake Alley) in the Berg River Conservation Area. 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, so don’t forget your camera phone.

What You Should Bring

Bring:

  • Light backpack
  • Drinking water preferably in a reusable water bottle
  • Cellphone Camera to capture magical memories

Wear:

  • Hiking boots/good walking shoes with tread (no casual shoes are allowed)
  • Comfortable clothing
  • Sunhat
  • Sunscreen
  • Light wind or rain jacket for winter.
Inclusions & Exclusions

Inclusions:

  • Transport to the start of the hike and back into town.
  • Permits for the Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve or the Berg River Conservation Area
  • A qualified, knowledgeable Nature Guide

Exclusions:

  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
Fitness Level

The Snake Alley Trail is an easy hike of 12km.  Suitable for all fitness levels as long as you can walk that distance in 3 hours.

The Uitkyk Trail is a moderate hike of 7km with a lot of climbing up rocky steps.  It is an uphill climb to the look out point and a downward climb on the way back.  Suitable for regular hikers with no knee or ankle problems.

The Vista Trail is a steep upward and steep downward climb.  It is a short hike of about 3kms but you need to be sure footed.  Suitable for regular hikers with no 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

Price: Minimum of 2 pax per booking

R 1 200.00 per couple

R 600.oo per extra adult

R 300.00 per child (2 – 12)

Price valid for all hikes.