Manganese Trail

Duration: +/-8 hours

Cost: R3500pp (1 person)

             R2400pp (2 people)

             R1600pp (group)

             R600pp (children under 12y)

             Free   (children under 5y)

Included: Experienced and qualified mountain guide in English, Italian and/or German language.

Permit to access the Reserve.

A cup of tea or coffee and charcuterie

Excluded: hiking gears

Transport: pick up can be arranged in Cape Town

Meeting Point: Mont Rochelle Reserve in Franschhoek 

Start Time: 8am in winter (Apr-Sep)

                          7am in summer (Oct-Mar)

Lunch: Lunch pack (on request R130)

What to expect:

Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve is 1759 hectares and is part of the World Heritage Site characterised by montane fynbos which comprises restios, erica, proteas and geophytes. You might see the beautiful Cape Sugarbird feeding from proteas during flowering season and might hear baboons along the route. The Cape Leopard can be see sometimes at night (not to be worried, it is a very shy creature, half the size of the African Leopard)

What to wear:
  • Comfortable footwear (hiking boots or running shoes)

  • The weather is unpredictable in the mountain so please bring a raincoat and wear layers of clothes so you can take off and on.

  • Walking poles can be useful to not put strength on knees and ankles (optional)

  • Water (at least 2 litres if it is a hot day even more, a cup every 60 minutes)

  • Sunblock, daypack, camera, bikini and hat in summer

  • Long pants, beanie and gloves in winter

Rules to follow on route:
  • Do not litter

  • Do not be too noisy

  • Do not pick up flowers

  • Do not trample vegetation

  • Do not interfere with the wildlife

  • Do not light fires

  • Do not play music

  • Always be prepared for bad weather

  • Never split up from the group 

  • Have your cell phone fully charged

Difficulty: strenuous to moderate

Route: it is about 9 km long it is from DuToitskop Trail to Uitkyk Trail in the Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve. We will ascend to DuToitskop Peak 1418m above sea level and return is through the Uitkyk trail connected to the previous route via Manganese Trail.

Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve in Franschhoek