Autumn – a beautiful time to wander the Winelands

It feels like the Cape Winelands have jumped from Summer to Winter within a week and as if we have missed out completely on one of the most beautiful seasons, Autumn! But not to worry, sunshine and mellow temperatures are forecasted for next week and as one can slowly see the turn of the season in the colour of the vines and trees, it seems like we will still be able to enjoy the gradual change of season and all the beauty it brings.

The moderate temperatures of autumn also make it the perfect time to enjoy the La Motte Hiking Trail. Before we close the trail for winter’s rain, enjoy the opportunity to explore some of La Motte’s greatest assets – the abundant birdlife, a protea garden, sustainably farmed vineyards, a wealth of flora, resident mammals and reptiles and the breathtaking vistas of the Franschhoek Valley.

The circular route, which starts at the La Motte Tasting Room, stretches over five kilometres, with the Hiking Trail section covering two kilometres. The time required to complete the trail is about two hours when walking and three hours when strolling.

The trail has a Grade 1B rating and requires a fair degree of fitness. It is therefore not recommend for children under the age of 10. Prospective hikers are reminded that dogs and mountain bikes are not permitted. Safe convenient parking is available.

On Monday morning guests are invited to a Guided Hike where a well-informed and passionate guide will share information on the flora and fauna and the Franschhoek valley. Hikers receive a hiking trail map, bottle of water and will be treated to light refreshments when stopping for a breather at the Lapa.

Contact Details

+27 (0)21 876 8820
Opening Hours
Hiking Trail: Mon to Sat 09:00 – 14:00.
Cost: R50 (includes a detailed map and a bottle of water).Guided Hiking Trail: Mondays at 08:00
Cost: R100 (includes a detailed map, bottle of water and light refreshments)

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