Franschhoek offers visitors numerous walks and biking trails in the surrounding mountains and many farms in the valley offer trout fishing spots in various streams and dams.
For a wine tour with a difference hop onto a horse or a bicycle and visit a few of the Vignerons de Franschhoek. Below are some outdoor activities and experiences on offer in Franschhoek.
Biodiversity Walk with Haut Espoir
During this walk you will meander up the mountain as far as permitted depending on the time and fitness restraints. This walk has some of the best views of the valley and goes deep into Haut Espoir’s restored Fynbos section, there are some wildlife elements to this walk, tracks and spoor are identified and this can take up to three or four hours depending.
Shorter walks can also be arranged as needed and an overall explanation of the biodiversity aspect is given. The guide will touch on the medicinal properties of the fynbos and how it is encompassed in a wine farm within the fynbos environment.
To book a walk contact Rob at 021 876 4000 and try and give 24 hours notice so a guide can be arranged timeously.
La Verdure Cottages
La Verdure is a working fruit farm in the heart of the valley, offering four pretty and comfortable self catering cottages. There is a large dam for swimming, stocked with trout, bass and tilapia for fishing.
Hiking in the Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve
This nature reserve offers 3 hiking trails which all of them are day walks. The reserve is in the Franschhoek Mountains with breathtaking views.
Walk to Du Toitskop (1418m):
Time: 5 hours
Distance: 7km return
Medium to high level
Walk to View Point (Wemmershoek look out, 1456m)
Time: 3 hours
Gentle and moderate
Walk to Perdekop (1575m)
Time: 8 hours
Distance 15km return
High level of fitness
Permits are required to access the Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve which can be obtained from the Franschhoek Wine Valley office @ R20 per person.
You can also do a guided walk with Koringberg Toere. Please contact Izak Rust for bookings and more information: Tel 021 876 2659.
Hire a bicycle from Franschhoek Cycles
Franschhoek Cycles offers a Guided Bicycle Tour in Franschhoek. A qualified and knowledgeable guide will join guests on this tour. The tour includes wine tasting at a Wine Estate in Franschhoek, a picnic and a complementary bottle of wine. To book, contact 021 876 4956.
You can also hire a bike and explore Franschhoek on your own.
Wine tasting on horseback
Paradise Stables: An exhilarating experience in the Franschhoek valley is to go wine tasting on horseback. This tour includes a tasting at Rickety Bridge winery and Mont Rochelle Mountain Vineyards. To book a tour, please contact Paradise Stables at 021 876 2160.
Cape Winelands Riding (on the R101 Klapmuts Road): Offer coaching and riding lessons for riders from all levels & rides through their vineyards and orchards. For longer or shorter rides for groups contact them for assistance. Tel: 082 924 6728. More info at www.capewinelandsriding.co.za
Franschhoek Valley Walk
The Franschhoek Valley Walk offers an opportunity to experience the splendour of distinctive and spectacular countryside in Franschhoek first-hand, and in depth – covering a distance of some 30 km over 3 days. Your walking trip will be on a self-guided basis. You are guided by Route notes and maps which provide comprehensive route directions as well as local detail and highlights. This gives you the freedom to walk at your own pace.
The route starts in the fynbos-rich Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve that will reveal breathtaking scenery and a rich array of flora and fauna. You will walk through countryside and vineyards of one of the best wine-producing areas in the Cape Winelands and will discover Franschhoek’s unique history, culture and heritage.
You will stay at some of Franschhoek’s finest hotels and guest houses and visit restaurants serving mouthwatering international cuisine. Your luggage will be moved from hotel to hotel.
The Franschhoek Valley Walk is an unique way to experience the historic village, panoramic views of the valley, enjoy warm hospitality and world class cuisine- all combine to create lasting memories.
For more details go to: www.walkingholidays.co.za or contact : Andries Liebenberg – email@example.com : +27(0) 82 888 1585 : +27 (0)21 852 5937