Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve

Hiking In Franschhoek Winter Warmer Special


Valid 15 Mar - 31 Aug 2019

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.

WINTER WARMER 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. Plenty of photo ops of the valley spread out below you to be had, don’t forget your camera phone as hiking Mont Rochelle is truly special.

Uitkyk Trail Route:

Meet at the Franschhoek Adventure Centre in the main Rd of the village for your transfer to the Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve or the Berg River Conservation Area.

Walk to the start of the trail. At Mont Rochelle this is approximately 500m and at the Berg River Conservation Area it is 2.5km on a straight, easy to walk dirt road.

The Uitkyk Trail is approximately 6km's long and the Vista Trail, which is very steep ups and downs, is approximately 3km's. The Snake Alley Trail is 7km from start to end of trail (add the 5km's from the gate and back).


Notes: If walked in an anti-clockwise direction this trail has a steep downhill slope.

The Vista Trail starts and ends at the Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve main gate. 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.
Start on the Breakfast Rock Trail, the Vista Trail branches off to the left after about 925m from the main gate. It’s about 315m to the panoramic viewpoint.

At the Vista viewpoint the trail swings northerly and easterly for about 150m, rising sharply by about 40m over this distance.
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.

The Vista Trail continues more or less easterly for another 300m, rising more than 60m to meet the DuToitskop Trail. Pass the Breakfast Rock and we make our way back to the gate.

We meet at the Franschhoek Adventure Centre and are transported to the entrance gate of the Berg River Nature Conservation Area from where we will walk to the start of the hike (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.


  • 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


  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature


  • Light backpack
  • Drinking water preferably in a reusable water bottle.
  • Camera


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


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

Duration: 3-4 Hours

R 600 per person

R 1 200 per couple

Price valid for all hikes.