It’s another beautiful spring day in the Cape and we were looking for a nice short walk to do before going for lunch in Franschhoek. The Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve which is located on the Franschhoek Pass has recently opened up a walk called The Winelands Trail. A short 3,5km hike with the most beautiful views of Franschhoek. It’s a very easy and quick walk with loads of photo opportunities and views for days.
The walk starts at the Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve hut, where you will need to pay for a permit (R40 for adults, children under 16 can enter for free if accompanied by a paying adult).
The hike starts up the stairs to the left of the hut (ask the warden if you are confused) the path follows the edge of the mountain for a bit until it starts going down into the valley. The trail then winds back towards the tar pass road and then follows below this road for a short while. Eventually, you will come to some stairs up towards the road, following the signs to Cats se Pad, you need to climb up these stairs and cross over the pass road and climb up the steel ladder.
It is then a short climb to a stone monument and some horseshoe prints, after which you then need to follow the path to the right, which will again lead you to the pass road, which you need to cross again and then walk back to the hut along the gravel road. A very short but scenic walk!
The are loads of hikes at Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve, all varying in length and difficulty and ALL with the most breathtaking views, we are sure to be back to do a few more of these hikes.