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Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve Hiking - Cats Path Trail

Cape Town

Activity Description

Experience Franschhoek offer guided hiking adventures in the Franschhoek Mountains in the Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve, the Berg River Conservation Area and at La Motte.

The Cats Path Trail follows the historic 1819 wagon track and consists of a lower and upper section. The combined duration is +/- 4 hours and 11kms one way.


The Cats Path Trail starts in Franschhoek at the upper end of Reservoir Street at the gate leading to the Fransche Hoek Estate.

Close to the Franschhoek Pass, hikers have to negotiate some steep steps and climb a short vertical metal ladder before continuing on the trail.
The last 285m section from the R45 to the Cats Path Monument rises quite steeply.


The Upper Cats Path Trail follows the original 1819 Cats Path wagon track from the top of Franschhoek Passs and ends at the historic Jan Joubertsgat Bridge (built in 1825).

Hikers have the opportunity to learn about the History of the town as well as interesting information on the indigenous Fauna and Flora of the Fynbos Biome.

Highlights include: Spectacular views, fresh drinkable mountain water and lifetime memories.

Return transport from Franschhoek Main Road is included.

Important: Basic Fitness, appropriate walking shoes/ clothes, suitable backpack and water is compulsory.


DurationOpen Ended
WhenTwice a day, 7 days a week. Morning and Afternoon. Times will vary depending on the season. Note: It is not advisable to do this hike in adverse weather.
WhereMont Rochelle Nature Reserve, Franschhoek Mountain Pass Meet – Start at Expérience Franschhoek, 62 Huguenot Road (next to the Tourist Information Burea)
WeatherActivity can take place in All weather conditions. If conditions are unpleasant (this can only be determined on the morning of the activity), the activity may have to be rescheduled.
What to Wear-Comfortable clothes, -Shoes(hiking boots, trail running shoes etc) -A warm jacket(Regardless of weather), -Waterproof jacket if wet conditions are expected -Hat -Sun Block
Things to Bring-Hat -SunBlock -At least 1L of Water -Snacks -Suitable Back pack -Your camera so that you can take photos of the amazing scenery.
Guests or SpectatorsOnly paying clients can take part in the guided hike.


Minimum Age10 years
Minimum Height0.0 m
Maximum Height0.0 m
Fitness LevelAverage
QualificationsNot Applicable
Maximum Weight0.0 kg
CertificationNone Required
Experience LevelBeginner

Inclusions and Exclusions

  • Qualified guide
  • Hiking Permit
  • Guided Hike
  • Return transport from Franschhoek Main Road
  • Snack Pack
  • Amazing Scenery
ExclusionsAny Items of a personal nature.


  • We operate trips on a daily basis in the morning and afternoon.
  • Morning trips :
    (Summer: Oct April) depart Franschhoek Main Road at 7am returning around 11am.
    (Winter: May Sep) depart Franschhoek Main Road at 8am returning around 12am.
  • Afternoon trips :
    -(Summer :Oct-April) depart Franschhoek Main Road at 3pm returning around 7pm.
    -(Winter:May – Sep) depart Franschhoek Main Road at 1pm returning around 5pm.

- In the event of cancellation within 48 hours of the confirmed activity date, a 25% administration fee will apply.
- In the event of a “no show”or cancellation on the day of the confirmed activity, a 100% missed booking/cancellation fee will apply.

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