We meet at the Franschhoek Adventure Centre in the main road of the village. We will proceed from there to the top of the Franschhoek Pass to the Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve and park at the entrance gate. We hike from there along the Uitkyk Trail to the lookout point where we will witness a spectacular view of the back gorge and the Wemmershoek Dam. After a rest and a snack or picnic, we will make our way back towards the gate. The trail is mostly uphill on the way out and downhilll on the way back. We hike through the beautiful Fynbos vegetation and look out for baboons and other small mammals on the way. Endemic Fynbos birds will be seen and our own indigenous Protea flowers are abundant on the route. We cross over a crystal clean stream where we an refill water bottles and check out the ponds for waterlife. I will show you the various water bodies that can be seen from up high and give you a brief history of the area and tell you all about the Fynbos which is the smallest of the 6 plant kingdoms in the world. Any other questions you may have about SA in general can also be discussed.
My first love is wild birds and after many years of doing bird research for proposed new developments, I decided to study Nature Conservation and followed this up with a FGASA (Field Guide of SA) Level 1 qualification. I am passionate about nature, birds, biodiversity and my beautiful village and its surrounding mountainous environment and am eager to share it with our visitors.
Hiking Permit for the Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve
Transfer from the village to the Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve and back.
We will find the Uitkyk Viewing Point and be able to see the Wemmershoek Dam which is not visiable from anywhere else and is not open to the public. It was once our towns main water source but has since been diverted to Cape Town.
10月25日 金曜日 08:00～12:00
Wear a sunhat/cap, comfortable clothes, good walking shoes (no casual shoes allowed), bring a light wind jacket in case of weather change. Bring water and snacks and extra water on very hot days.
Hiking in the Franschhoek Mountains