Hiking and Walking at Berg River Dam


Activity Description

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.


ProviderFranschhoek Wine Valley Tourism Association
Duration10 hours
WhenYear round, seven days a week from 8:00 to 18:00
WhereStart and end at the Robertsvlei road entrance.
WeatherYou can walk in all weather but you have to dress appropriately. It can become very cold high in the mountains late afternoon in winter. Do stay on pathways at all times.
What to WearWear light clothing in summer and warm clothing in winter. A good pair of walking shoes is essential.
Things to BringBring your own food, refreshments and drinks, especially water. It is important to stay hydrated while walking and hiking. Bring your own litter bag and protect the environment that you enjoy.
Guests or SpectatorsThere is no restaurant or rest facilities at the gate where guests can wait for hikers. We recommend that your guests can wait for you at one of Franschhoeks many restaurants or winefarms for an enjoyable experience.


Minimum Age0 years
Minimum Height0.0 m
Maximum Height0.0 m
Fitness LevelAverage
Maximum Weight0.0 kg
CertificationNone Required
Experience LevelNo Experience Requirement

Inclusions and Exclusions

InclusionsAccess to the hiking and walking trails in the Berg River Dam conservation area for one day.
ExclusionsMeals, drinks are not offered and are not included.


It is good to walk and hike in the company of friends.
Information centre: 0218762861
Emergency number 0218768061

Customer Reviews

The MTB trails are poorly market if not market at all!! It is really surprising to pay a fee for a place with so many trails but really poor maintenance Along the dam, the trail is collapsing and nothing is done to repair it or even to close it / mark the danger (and it is unsafe ) So nice area but really poor management ...: not sure why people should pay for that? Accessing the mountain only? There. Is definitely no services offered - Alexandre Vouillot

Purchasing the permits was efficient online and hiking at the Berg river dam was very enjoyable. There are many routes to choose from, from easy to long and difficult. Many options for a swim as well if you so wish. - Werner Dalziel

Perfect! Great hike! - Moira Bassingthwaigthe

Absolutely LOVED the beautiful hike and so want to spend a few days in amazing Franschoek! - Helen Millson

We didn't know where it was OK to park our car, and so probably walked much further to get to the dam than we needed to. A few signs would have been helpful. But it is a splendid walking area, and we wished we had a better map to show the paths, because the map which we were sold showed cycling and walking routes all jumbled together. And it wasn't clear where all the routes actually started from in relation to where the parking might have been. - Frank and Pauline Everest

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