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Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve

Go paragliding, cycling and trekking in this vast mountainous park to encounter its charming streams, heathland vegetation and dominant peaks.

Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve is a park with zigzagging trails that carve up the undulating terrain. It comprises 4,347 acres (1,759 hectares) of shrubland that twirls around the behemoth peak of Mont Rochelle. Clamber up the namesake mountain and appreciate the panoramic views of the vast valley of Franschhoek.

Hike with your family and friends along more than 19 miles (30 kilometers) of maintained trails and chat with fellow walkers along the way. Select the easy Breakfast Rock Trail for a short 1-hour hike. The moderate Pedekop Trail will take 6 to 7 hours.

Admire the range of plants in this eclectic area known for its montane fynbos. This heathland vegetation includes bulbous plants, shrubby plants with flowers and restios, which resemble grass. Purchase a pamphlet for a greater understanding of the plants and animals in the park.

Stroll alongside one of the streams of water, which have the most water in winter. The water appears pale brown, but it is safe to drink. Gaze up at the daunting peaks of DuToitskop, Middagkrans and Perdekop.

Rent a bike from one of the companies in the town and ride along some of the smoother trails. Gaze up at the paragliders that make use of the high winds to join birds soaring across the sky.

Pay a fee for a park permit and get free entrance for children who are accompanied by an adult. Get a map for the park from the nearby Huguenot Museum or the Franschhoek Tourism Office. Vehicles and dogs are not permitted beyond the entrance in this pedestrian area. Expect cold, rainy winters with snow flurries on higher ground. Summers are hot, dry and windy.

Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve is east of the main wineries and museums of Franschhoek. Drive east for 4 miles (6 kilometers) from the Huguenot Memorial to get here. Leave your car in the designated parking lot.


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Le Petit Paris

Le Petit Paris

11 Akademie Street, cnr Berg St, Franschhoek
4.9
of 5, from 20 reviews
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Located in Cape Winelands, this bed & breakfast is within a 5-minute walk of Huguenot Memorial Museum and Franschhoek Wine Tram. Huguenot Monument is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) away.

£129
Protea Hotel by Marriott Franschhoek

Protea Hotel by Marriott Franschhoek

33/34 Huguenot Road, Franschhoek
4.1
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Located in Cape Winelands, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Franschhoek Wine Tram and Huguenot Memorial Museum. Huguenot Monument is 1 mi (1.6 km) away.

£161
Franschhoek Boutique Hotel

Franschhoek Boutique Hotel

6 Daniel Hugo St, Franschhoek
4.7
of 5, from 25 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Cape Winelands, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Franschhoek Wine Tram and Huguenot Memorial Museum. Huguenot Monument is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) away.

£85
Lavender Farm Guest House

Lavender Farm Guest House

1 Verdun Road, Franschhoek
4.7
of 5, from 149 reviews
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Located in Cape Winelands, this bed & breakfast is within 2 miles (3 km) of Huguenot Monument, Huguenot Memorial Museum and Franschhoek Wine Tram. La Motte Estate and Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve are also within 6 miles (10 km).

£106
Mont d Or Franschhoek

Mont d Or Franschhoek

32 Van Wijk Street, Franschhoek
4.6
of 5, from 5 reviews
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Located in Cape Winelands, this guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of Franschhoek Wine Tram and Huguenot Memorial Museum. Huguenot Monument is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) away.

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Mont Martre Chalets

Mont Martre Chalets

Franschhoek Pass Road, Franschhoek
5.0
of 5, from 1 reviews
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Located in Cape Winelands, this cottage is within 2 miles (3 km) of Huguenot Memorial Museum, Franschhoek Wine Tram and Huguenot Monument. Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve is 3 mi (4.8 km) away.

£86
Maison d'Ail

Maison d'Ail

77 Reservoir Street, Franschhoek
4.8
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Located in Cape Winelands, this guesthouse is within a 15-minute walk of Franschhoek Wine Tram and Huguenot Memorial Museum. Huguenot Monument is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) away.

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Akademie Street Guesthouses

Akademie Street Guesthouses

5 Akademie Street, Franschhoek
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Located in Cape Winelands, this luxury guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of Huguenot Memorial Museum and Franschhoek Wine Tram. Huguenot Monument is 0.6 mi (1 km) away.