MONT ROCHELLE NATURE RESERVE

MONT ROCHELLE NATURE RESERVE - Southern Africa : Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve is in the Franschhoek Mountains with spectacular views of the Franschhoek, Wemmershoek and Valleys. There are over 30km of hiking trails (2 hour walks to full day hikes). The reserve is 1759ha, proclaimed in 1982, and is

Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve is in the Franschhoek Mountains with spectacular views of the Franschhoek, Wemmershoek and Valleys. There are over 30km of hiking trails (2 hour walks to full day hikes).

The reserve is 1759ha, proclaimed in 1982, and is a municipal reserve abutting on Hawekwas Nature Reserve. The highest peak is Perdekop (1575m) - other prominent peaks are DuToitskop (1418m) and Middagkrans (1029m).

The entire reserve is Mountain Fynbos, with Granite Fynbos on the lower slopes above Franschhoek, Sandstone Fynbos being the most common, and Shale Band Fynbos along the shale band. The shale band affords the easiest walking.

A permit is required for access, but can be obtained online: http://www.montrochellehiking.co.za/info

More information at http://www.montrochellehiking.co.za/

17 Aug 2015
Tony Rebelo