Paarl Travel Guide

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Paarl Things to Do

  • Feel virtuous and scramble up Paarl Rock

    It would be a huge pity to visit Paarl and not scale the Rock which looms over this lovely town.Paarl Rock is a 'koppie' - the Afrikaans diminutive term for a 'head' - and when you see the smooth granite domes of the Rock - polished by eons of water and wind erosion - protruding from the bulk of the mountain, you can understand the origin of the...

  • Het Taalmonument (The language monument)

    The language monument reminds the people to the official status of the African language. This monument exist out of grained granite that is made into concrete.The small columns remind that the Dutch, English and several African languages are the source for the African language.Try shouting in the biggest horn (column) to hear your voice carried out...

  • Drakenstein Lion Park

    Drakenstein Lion Park was one of the most fascinating places that we visited on our trip to South Africa, and one of the few that truly deserved the name "sanctuary", whereas some other places seemed to be animal parks, rather than genuine sanctuaries for rescued animals.Not so at Drakenstein though. The lions there have all been rescued from...

  • Get married!

    As the traditional wedding vows caution, marriage is "not to be entered into lightly", so upfront I should state that I'm not suggesting that you should get married just to fill a free afternoon in your holiday itinerary! However, if this is a commitment that you had been contemplating, but couldn't afford the wedding you wanted in your home...

  • Unlike any monument you've seen...

    I adore the Taal monument, which is one of the quirkiest and most outlandish looking monuments you'll find anywhere in the world!Fashioned from concrete and clinging to one of the side slopes of beautiful Paarl mountain, this eccentric confection reflects Afrikaaner pride in their language. The write up about the significance of the various shapes...

  • When in Paarl..

    One of the things to visit is obviously a striking monument in Paarl . Albeit also controversial.The The design of the architect Jan van Wijk represents the growthand development of Afrikaans and gives recognition to thelanguage’s roots that are spread over the three continentsAfrica, Europe and Asia. Van Wijk was also inspiredbythe words of two...

  • Butterfly world

    Butterfly World, the largest free flying park for butterflies in Southern Africa, opened its doors to the public in November 1996. The concept originated in the UK and such enclosed parks can be found in countries throughout the world. Each year these parks are visited by thousands of visitors and now thanks to the initiative taken by two...


    Visit the restaurant with a beautiful view over Table Mountain,see the beautiful green valleys and vineyards. They sell local wines that you can enjoy with your meal, good traditional food and friendly service. A la Carte, Sunday buffet, Picnic baskets, Functions up to 50 persons. Mon 08:30 - 17:00 Tue - Sun 08:30 - 22:00


    Enjoy the beautiful landscape of fynbos and massive rounded granite rock formations set among wild olives, and various trees. Take a hike, follow one of the many hiking trails, visit Millwater Wild Flower Garden where 15 species of protea may be viewed, catch trout or bass for dinner or enjoy mountain biking or picnics. Fishing permits available at...

  • Daytrip Wellington, Tulbach and Ceres

    Paarl, about 38 km from Stellenbosch, lies in the Berg River Valley. It is renowned for its natural beauty, flourishing wine and fruit industry and beautiful architecture. The Main Street is dotted with historic buildings, shops, restaurants and places of accommodation, and is where the head office of the wine industry, the KWV, is situated. Drive...

  • Paarl Bird Sanctuary

    This bird sanctuary is a sewage works and like many other sewage works in southern Africa, the Paarl Bird Sanctuary, managed by the Municipality, attracts a wide variety of waterfowl. As well as the waterfowl the reserve is also has a number of species associated with the plants growing on the northern and western sides .A good gravel road allows...

  • Sante Wellness Spa

    Wellness is a holistic approach to health that combines all aspects of physical, mental and spiritual well-being to realign mind, body and soul.It is a place where the noise of our busy lives is drowned out by the whispers of tranquillity - a place where we can draw upon the strength of a healthy body and the sanctuary of our inner calm.Take this...

  • The Afrikaanse Taalmonument

    The Afrikaanse Taalmonument (monument for the Afrikaans language) is open daily from 9 to 5. Tel 021-8723441. The access turns off Main Street at the town entrance and is sign-posted. Around the monument there are very nice waliking trails and a stunning view of the Paarl valley. The Afrikaans Language Museum in the Gideon Malherbe House in Main...

  • The Paarl Museum

    The Paarl Museum (formerly the "Oude Pastorie") offers a near-comprehensive collection of antique furniture, historical documents and photographs from the history of Paarl. The museum lies in Main Street (No. 303) and is open weekdays from 10 to 5 and saturdays from 9 to 1 o'clock. Tel 021-8722651.

  • Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve

    Enjoy the picturesque landscape of fynbos vegetation dominated by massive rounded granite rock formations set among wild olives, rock candlewoods and wagon trees. Take a vigorous hike, or climb Bretagne Rock, follow one of the many hiking trails, visit Millwater Wild Flower Garden where 15 species of protea may be viewed, catch trout or bass for...

  • Historical Walks

    A veritable treasure of architecture is to be found along a 2 km stretch of Main Street, starting at the Strooidak Kerk (Thatched Roof Church), the oldest Dutch Reformed Church in South Africa. Zeederberg Square is surrounded by picturesque Cape Dutch, Georgian and Victorian buildings. Paarl boasts one of only three examples of Egyptian...

  • Visit Wineries

    Fairview Wine Estateexcellent GOAT cheeses and salamisTheir wines are tops too, the two are good for a solid tasting hour

  • The Vineyards around Paarl

    The vineyards around Paarl are worth a visit. We drove to several of them, tasted the good wines and bought several bottles to finish in the evenings.They are scattered around the area and you can go for a free taste, just drive up. If you like the wine, buy a bottle or two to drink them with your "braai".If you don’t find an opener to open the...


Paarl Hotels

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  • De Leeuwenhof Estate

    Sonstraal Rd, De Leeuwenhof farm, Paarl, 7646, South Africa

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • De Wingerd Wijnland Lodge

    7 Waltham Cross Street, Paarl, 7646, Paarl, 7646, South Africa

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Grande Roche Hotel

    Plantasie Street, Paarl, 7647, Paarl, 7622, South Africa

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 5 out of 5 stars

Paarl Restaurants

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    Pontac Manor restaurant: Scrumptious fare amid beautiful...

    by CatherineReichardt Updated Sep 8, 2010

    We were at Pontac Manor for a 50th birthday celebration and the venue was ideal, with enough space in the restaurant for 30 to enjoy a scrumptious sit down meal, and children to be kept happy with kiddy-friendly fare in adjoining dining room.
    The restaurant is lovely, with a small but well selected menu - one of the few times that I've been presented with a menu and thought, "But I want all of these!". Everything that we ate was good and made excellent use of local produce. I was also impressed that the food was well and carefully prepared, but not overly 'fussy'.
    Pontac seems to offer excellent Sunday lunch options for those who fancy a day out in the winelands - the grounds are beautiful and set back from the road, so it's a great venue for a family outing where the parents want a children-friendly venue but don't want to compromise on the quality of the food.

    Favorite Dish: Don't miss the vegetarian mushroom and rosti starter and vegetable Tarte Tatin for main course - almost enough to convert a lifelong carnivore!
    The stubby little British-style pork sausages served at breakfast were also divine - I am too ashamed to reveal how many I ate!

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Paarl Shopping

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    WINE Buying

    by kenHuocj Written Jan 18, 2007

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    eWine is a South African Wine portal. Not only will you be able to buy your favourite South African wine, but you will also find interesting information about our winemakers, wines, restaurants, accommodation in the winelands and almost everything related to South African wine.

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    What to buy: Wines of course

    What to pay: get onto the "e-wine" site and know the prices before you arrive in SA

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Paarl What to Pack

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    Cape + Paarl = WINE

    by kenHuocj Written Jan 18, 2007

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    Luggage and bags: keep space for the value for money wines

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Local styles means buy them herem, blend in with the crowds

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: PROHEP for the Hangovers or excessive comsumption of fine wine tasting ;-)
    Clicks or any supermarket, unless you want to carry your own brand

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Paarl Off The Beaten Path

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    still to be discovered.

    by antonela Written Feb 5, 2009

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    Paarl is situated in the winelands of South Africa. Its a bustling town which lies cradled in the picturesque Berg River valley, between the second largest granite outcrop in the world and the towering Du Toitskloof Mountains. Paarl prides itself on our magnificent natural scenic beauty - mountains, rivers, a rich floral kingdom, views and open spaces. This is enhanced with a unique architectural heritage which fascinates architects and tourists around the world.
    Paarl, a mere 55 kilometers from Cape Town and less than an hour by car from the golden beaches of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans, is renowned not only for its illustrious past and unrivaled scenic beauty, but also presents holiday makers, prospective businessmen and industrialists with exciting prospects. They would do well to re-examine the opportunities Paarl can offer them. It has the finest schools .Paarl is ideally situated for the education of children and prospective teachers in rural environment that is nonetheless within easy reach of the Peninsula. Paarl boasts a unique attraction in the fact that the foundations of a new language, Afrikaans, combined heritage of Africa and the European mother countries were laid here. The Monument to the Afrikaans language on the slopes of Paarl Mountain, the Language Museum and the Afrikaans Language Route through Dal Josaphat are living memorials to this achievement. Paarl's scenic splendor, with five mountain passes and magnificent surroundings, the Berg River majestically winding its way through and bringing life to deciduous fruit orchards and vineyards right up to the heart of the town, and luxuriant vegetation, provide sufficient incentive to pay Paarl a visit. dd to this the rich heritage of historic buildings scattered through the town, the large number of top-quality restaurants offering traditional Cape cuisine, accommodation for tourists in hotels and on farming estates, and the inevitable wine industry -.
    As far as the Wine industry is concerned, Paarl boasts the headquarters of the industry in South Africa, the co-operative Wine Growers' Association (KWV) and the Paarl wine Route. The KWV is a South African institution that over the years has acquired an international reputation because of its unique achievements and its imprint of quality on the industry. Paarl is, furthermore, the venue for a number of annual events such as the Nederburg Wine Auction, the Festival of the Vine/Paarl Nouveau Wine Festival, Chrysanthemum Show, Sparkling Wine Festival - September the KWV Berg River Canoe Marathon, the Paarl Young Wine Show, Paarl College Carnival, the Boland Agricultural Show, Boland Bank Cycle Race, , the Boxing Day Sports and the annual Interschools Rugby between Paarl Boys' High and Gymnasium High School which attracts nationwide interest and rivals the spirit of an intervarsity. Other attractions include the well known Paarl Rock Brandy Cellar, the Wine Route Ostrich Farm, Le Bonheur Crocodile Farm, Butterflyworld, The Wagonmaker's Museum and much much more!

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Paarl Sports & Outdoors

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    Hiking Trails

    by mvtouring Written Jan 30, 2007

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    Limietberg Trail - two-day trail from the foot of Du Toitskloof via Bainskloof village Eerste Tol to Tweede Tol. Distance 36km. Donkerkloof - about 3km (2.5 hours) to the small waterfall starting in the hairpin bend on the Paarl side of the old Du Toitskloof Pass. Miaspoort - distance is 4km (3 hours) but it is a long and initially difficult walk. Klipkershout Walking Trail - Paarl Mountain Nature reserve - various scenic walking trails from 2.4km to 10km. Tel.021 872 3658 Wine Hiking Trail - Laborie Estate offer this unique trail that will appeal not only to the nature-lover, but to the botanist, horticulturist and ornithologist with a special interest in Cape flora and bird. Tel. 021 708 3390 Permits from the Cape Nature Conservation in Main Street, Paarl.

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