The spectacular mountains surrounding the Berg River dam in Franschhoek is the hiking and walking adventure land to which you gain a full day's access (starting 08:00 and ending 18:00) when you purchase this permit. You will start at the entrance on Robertsvlei Road and discover miles of walking paths charting breathtaking routes through the mountains. Parking is available at the gate where you will present your permit(s) to gain access. You have both challenging and leisurely walks through the mountain fynbos available in the Berg River Dam conservation area. You can reach high lookout points within the days walk for wonderful views overlooking the Franschhoek Valley, the Boland mountainscapes and the landscape towards the southern ocean. Table Mountain also features in the distance. There is an abundance of birdlife to surprise and entertain birding enthusiasts.
Can you please make it easier to get a permit? Maybe snapscan or zapper or even eft option. I had... - Jonathan.
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Can you please make it easier to get a permit? Maybe snapscan or zapper or even eft option. I had to drive al the way to Franschhoek just to buy a permit.
Very beautiful hike up to the old English fort. Many waterfalls and streams along the way thanks to the recent rains. Was also nice to see the Berg River dam so full after the drought.
It's a very nice hike once you pass the bridge and are on paths rather than the concrete blocks but clearly is meant for bikes so distance from the gate to there is a little long for hikers and holds very little interest. Felt like being asked to pay R20 for the map was annoying after paying R50 for entering the hike but there are no indications on the way in terms of which path you are taking and where it leads - had taken a picture of the map at the entrance and we had to constantly refer to it. Aside from that great views all throughout.
Staff was very helpful and knowledgeable. Two excellent walking experiences on two successive days. Well done another plus for the fabulous Franschhoek valley!