Plan your visit

Do’s

  • Wear your mask when passing fellow hikers
  • Stay on the marked trails
  • Remember your hat and sunscreen
  • Bring your own water and snacks
  • Make sure you’re dressed for hiking
  • Keep the reserve litter free – take your rubbish home with you or use the bins at the gate

Don’ts

  • Never hike alone
  • No dogs (even on a leash)
  • No drones
  • No littering
  • Don’t pick flowers or damage plants
  • No open fires
  • No advertising flags, posters or billboards
  • No vehicles beyond the main gate

Hiking trails

The reserve has 10 hiking trails, some of which overlap. Trails range from easy 1-hour walks to day hikes. To find out more about each route, click here. You can also download a pdf of our pamphlet, it includes a map and information about the trails:

Permits & pricing

  • Day permits: R50 per person. Children under 16 years enter for free when accompanied by a paying adult.
  • Year permits: R300 per adult. Children under 16 years enter for free when accompanied by an adult permit holder.
  • Pamphlets: R20

*Please note that paragliders also need permits

Where to buy permits:

  • The entrance gate from 9am to 5pm every day of the year (cash, SnapScan, Zapper or Masterpass apps – no card facilities). If you wish to purchase tickets at the gate but you arrive before the guards you can buy them after you return from your hike. The gates are always open.
  • Online at Webtickets
  • Please note that the MRNR is not affiliated with SANParks and the Wild Card programme. Wild Card holders need to buy a permit to enter the reserve.

Filming in MRNR

Find more info on shooting ads, etc., within the reserve, here.

Fynbos flora

The Cape Floral Kingdom, which contains the Fynbos Biome (8 600 different plant species), is the world’s smallest and most species-rich floral kingdom. The MRNR is characterised by montane fynbos flora established on a leached acidic sandy soil derived from Table Mountain sandstone.

Montane fynbos:

  • Restios (reed-like plants that resemble grass)
  • Ericas (shrubby, woody, flowering plants – most have small, narrow leaves and multiple small flowers)
  • Proteas (mostly large woody plants, typically with large, robust leathery leaves, and large individual composite flowers)
  • Geophytes (bulbous plants)
  • A large variety of minor montane fynbos plants.

Birds & animals

  • You’ll see many birds during your time in the reserve. Find a full list of bird species that have been spotted in MRNR here.
  • While several animal species make their home in the reserve you’ll probably not see many (other than reptiles!) during your visit to MRNR. However, we do occasionally see baboons and klipspringer, and leopards have been spotted by cameras belonging to The Cape Leopard Trust.

Climate & weather

Winter (June-August) is cool and rainy, summer (November-February) is hot, dry and windy. Rainfall can exceed 1 500mm/year. Rare falls of light snow may occur on high ground. Hikers should note that montane fynbos flora affords little protection against wind chill in winter and hot sunshine in summer.

Water

Mountain stream water has a pale brown colour due to natural humic acids derived from fynbos plants. The water is safe to drink.
During winter the mountain streams normally flow strongly but during summer most are dry or almost dry except for some pools that get their water from perennial springs in the Table Mountain sandstone (an excellent aquifer).

History of the reserve

Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve (1 759 hectares) was proclaimed in 1982. It forms part of the Boland Biosphere Reserve, a UNESCO declared World Heritage Site. The highest peak within its boundaries is Perdekop (1 575 meters), other prominent peaks are DuToitskop (1 418m) and Middagkrans (1 029m).

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