Franschhoek Wine Valley

Introduction of a permit system for entry to the area around the Berg River Dam


Over the past 18 months approximately 60km of mountain bike trails have been established in the area around the Berg River Dam. This has put the Valley on the mountain bike map – Franschhoek is now a destination for weekend mountain bike enthusiasts plus it offers challenging routes for larger mountain bike events (such as the Cape Epic, which is coming through Franschhoek in March 2017).


Equally important has been the establishment of a primary co-operative, The Golden Leaf Trails, to rehabilitate, maintain and build the trails. Golden Leaf started with four members and has expanded to nine, all of whom are growing their skills for building and maintaining cycle trails.

The members of the co-operative are responsible for themselves and for finding their own employment. They are their ‘own boss’. Significantly, this process can be used as a blueprint for future entrepreneurial opportunities for community members.

The process is already being repeated with the introduction of a security ‘hut’ and security staff at the gate on the Robertsvlei Road.

The security staff are currently collecting information about who and how many people are running, walking, cycling, working, etc. on the roads and trails behind the Dam. Apart from knowing who is in the area, security staff also ensure that any parked cars are safe. In time roving security staff will be introduced.

A further opportunity that has been created is the need for mountain guides. Community members who are interested in guiding people on walks, hikes, etc. are being identified. There are ‘learn on the job’ opportunities as well as more formal training opportunities, such as those offered by FGASA (Field Guides Association of Southern Africa).


Franschhoekers have been walking along the paths and in the mountains around the Dam for many years. The creation and formalisation of the mountain bike trails has prompted the need for a permit system for entry to the area, similar to that for the Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve.

Hikers, runners, cyclists, etc. will be requested to have their permits on display or show them to the security at the gate.

Permits are similarly priced to Mont Rochelle and the money raised will be used to maintain the trails and pay for safety and security staff.

Initially safety and security personnel will be at the gate, but the intention is to have ‘roving rangers’ monitoring the area. Vehicles parked at the gate will be under the watchful eye of the security staff.


Annual permit – Franschhoek resident                        R200

Annual permit – ‘non-resident’                                    R500

Day permit                                                               R40

Children under twelve years do not need to pay for a permit – but for security reasons they do need to be recorded in the log book at the gate so security personnel know who is in the area at any given time.


Permits will be sold at

Additional permit sales outlets will be considered and introduced as the need arises.

In due course ‘SnapScan’ facilities will be available at the security gate and other entry points.

Annual permits can only be purchased at the FWV Tourism office.

Please contact the Franschhoek Wine Valley Tourism office at 021 876 2861 for any queries.


Access and download the Franschhoek Mountain Bike Trail Route Map here

Franschhoek Wine Valley exists to:

  • Develop and implement marketing plans to profile the Franschhoek Wine Valley
  • Arrange and advertise events that support the Franschhoek Wine Valley brand image and which encourage visitors to the Valley
  • Represent the business interests of our members to the Stellenbosch Municipality
  • Aggregate the combined buying power of our members to leverage economy of scale benefits from service providers
  • Coordinate free advisory services and discussion forums to support our member’s businesses

Our Accolades

  • TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Awards 2020 - Top 25 Emerging Worldwide Destinations (15th position).
  • Tripadvisor Traveller's Choice Destination Winner 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015
  • Most Memorable Wine Route 2014, 2013 & 2012
  • Service Excellence Award - 2015
  • Best Tourism Event 2015 - Franschhoek Bastille Festival
  • Best Local Tourism Authority Information service 2013 & 2012

Tourism Levy

Certain establishments in Franschhoek may levy visitors with voluntary contributions towards the running of the FWV and to support local charities. Should visitors not wish to contribute to these causes, please indicate this to the relevant merchant.


Maintenance & validity of all business operating permits, licences and registration certificates are the responsibility of the business owner. Franschhoek Wine Valley takes no responsibility for the renewal of the required legal business operating documentation.


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Franschhoek Wine Valley

Physical Address
62 Huguenot Road

Office hours
Monday: 09h00 – 12h00
Tuesday to Friday: 09h00 – 16h00
Saturday: 09h00 – 13h00
Sunday: closed

Contact Details
+27(0) 21 876 2861



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