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Franschhoek Mont Rochelle Guided Hike


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Activity Description

The circular Perdekop Trail rises 850m from its starting point to peak halfway at Perdekop, 1 575m. Perdekop is the highest point in the Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve. This route description assumes a clockwise hike but the trail can also be hiked in an anticlockwise direction.

we will start off at the entry gate, go past Breakfast Rock and carry on towards Uitkyk. About 2.7km from the entry gate the Perdekop Trail branches off right towards the east of the Uitkyk Trail (elevation 1 108m). The footpath continues in a general easterly direction, climbing steadily (+/- 180m) in the first kilometre.

For the next 2km the footpath swings in a north-easterly direction, then northerly and north-easterly. Along this sector superb panoramic views of the Wemmershoek valley and surrounding cliffs can be seen. To the west Table Mountain is visible on a clear day.

The footpath then swings eastward, crossing a small stream and passing the turn-off to the return route elevation 1 488m). Perdekop Peak (elevation 1 575m) is about 4.3km from the Uitkyk turnoff. It is marked by a large stone cairn.

From Perdekop Peak the footpath steadily descends in a southerly, south-westerly direction. The last stretch includes a very steep descent into the Du Toit’s River gorge, and a steep climb back up. From there it is a short walk back to the gate.

Difficulty: Moderate
Mont Rochelle Hike Duration: 3.5 – 4 hours
Hike Distance: About 13 km / 8 miles


Duration4 hours
WhenSeven days a week, year-round, subject to availability.
WhereStart and End point: Lanzerac Wine Farm, Stellenbosch
WeatherThe weather on Mont Rochelle can change in an instant so a light mid-layer and a rain jacket will ensure that you stay dry and warm if we find our selves in between the clouds.
What to WearWell supportive closed-toe walking shoes with good grip are a must. Mont Rochelle does experience very hot days in the summer and a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, and water will be needed. A long sleeve button-up shirt with a collar provides great sun coverage.
Things to BringHiking will make you peckish so bringing a snack for the way up is always a good idea
Guests or SpectatorsNo guests allowed, full rate applies to all


Minimum Age0 years
Minimum Height0.0 m
Maximum Height0.0 m
Fitness LevelAverage
QualificationsNot Applicable
Maximum Weight0.0 kg
CertificationNone Required
Experience LevelBeginner

Inclusions and Exclusions

InclusionsGuided hike
ExclusionsBeverages & snacks


You’ll need a sense of adventure and a willingness to have fun which is all hiking is about really.

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