Hiking Trail near Tulbagh
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and are not necessarily the actual travelling
Bainskloof(36.9 km from Tulbagh)
The out-and-back Bobbejaans River Trail starts at Eerste Tol parking area and descends over the Witte River. In winter this river may be dangerous to cross and the trail could be closed. A quick climb out of the gorge brings hikers above the Bobbejaans River and eventually to a beautiful waterfall and pool. Look for a turnoff after a few km to the swimming spots. Spectacular disas bloom in the ravine during summer.
Duration: 6 hours
Distance: 9 km
Paarl(54.3 km from Tulbagh)
Don’t let the daunting sight of a chain running up Bretagne Rock stop you from doing this trail. It really isn’t as serious as it looks, and the reward is sweeping views of Table Mountain, Lion’s Head and False Bay on a clear day. A boardwalk between Bretagne Rock and Gordon Rocks made from recycled plastic leads through a pretty section of indigenous forest.
The reserve can be accessed from various places, the easiest of which is from the main road in Paarl. Open daily from 07:00 – 19:00 in summer and 07:00 – 18:00 during winter.
Duration: 1 hour
Distance: 3 km
Franschhoek(69.3 km from Tulbagh)
Cat’s Pass Trail starts with a steep 2.5 km ascent of the old Cat’s Pass in Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve. Built in 1819, the route offers stunning views of the fynbos reserve and Franschhoek Valley. From the summit, the trail then descends for 8 km.
Historic points of interest include Muller’s Bridge, Jan Joubergat Bridge, the Cat’s Toll House and the old outspan, the resting place for travellers and their oxen. The trail is clearly marked and well maintained. Permits and maps are available at the Franschhoek Tourism Office, the Protea Hotel or the Huguenot Museum.
Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve is part of the UNESCO declared Boland Biosphere Reserve. The remarkable diversity of fynbos includes beautiful proteas, pincushions, ericas, bulbs and restios.
Duration: 5 hours
Difficulty: Moderate (steep ascent)
Distance: 10.5 km
Did you know? Tulbagh Hiking Trail is often misspelt. Here are some variations:
Tulbach Hiking Trail,
Tullbagh Hiking Trail,
Tullbach Hiking Trail,