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La Motte Hiking Trail

Cape Town

Activity Description


One can hardly imagine more stunningly beautiful surroundings for a hiking trail than the Franschhoek Valley. In the heart of this most scenic landscape lies La Motte estate, well-known as a wine producer of excellence, popular tourist destination and its commitment to environmental preservation.

With a view to creating public awareness of nature and affording its visitors the opportunity of exploring the beauty of its mountain, La Motte has created a hiking trail along the foothills behind the estate. Nature lovers can now get really close to some of La Motte’s greatest treasures – the abundant bird-life, a Protea garden, a wealth of indigenous flora and, occasionally, a gaze of surprise from a member of the fauna population. To crown it all, of course, the breath-taking vistas of the Franschhoek Valley.

Altogether, the route stretches over five kilometres, while the hiking trail section itself is two kilometres long. Time required is approximately two hours when walking and three hours when strolling. The latter is strongly recommended, because that’s how you absorb all the beauty to the full.

It is a circular route, starting and ending on La Motte’s farmyard, with safe and convenient parking, on the doorstep of other interesting La Motte attractions such as a sociable tasting room, the Pierneef à La Motte Restaurant, a museum containing impressive art exhibitions and a quaint farm shop, as well as disa tours in season.

Running along a mountain landscape, the trail requires a fair amount of fitness – it has a Grade 1B rating. Therefore, taking children under ten years of age on the trail is not recommended.

Hikers are supplied with a comprehensive route map containing, inter alia, information about the surrounding mountain landscape, fauna and flora bound to be encountered along the route, vineyard activities on La Motte, as well as a brief history of the estate.

The Hiking Trail is a further expression of La Motte’s commitment to the highest conservation and biodiversity standards and the protection of precious indigenous flora and fauna in the mountain area surrounding the estate and the adjoining Wemmershoek mountain range.

*Return Transport from Franschhoek main road is included.

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


Duration4 hours
Whentwice a day, 7 days a week. Morning and Afternoon. Times will vary depending on the season.
WhereLa Motte Wine Estate Meet – Start at Expérience Franschhoek, 62 Huguenot Road (next to Huguenot Chocolates)
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 -SunBlock
Things to Bring-Hat -SunBlock -At least 1L of Water -Snacks -Suitable Back pack Bring your camera so that you can take photos of the amazing scenery.
Guests or SpectatorsOnly paying clients can go on the guide tour


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
  • Guided Tour
  • Return transport from Franschhoek Main Road
  • Snack Pack
  • Amazing Scenery
  • Detailed Map
  • Bottle of water
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 10am
    (Winter: May Sep) depart Franschhoek Main Road at 8am returning around 11pm.
  • Afternoon trips :
    (Summer :Oct-April) depart Franschhoek Main Road at 4pm returning around 7pm
    -(Winter: May
    Sep) depart Franschhoek Main Road at 2pm returning around 6pm

- 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 50% missed booking/cancellation fee will apply.

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