Paarl

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(Taalmonument) Afrikaans Language Monument.
Paarl Rock.

Paarl is the third-oldest town in South Africa and located approximately 60km to the north-west of Cape Town. It is famous for having one of the world's largest rock outcrops.

Get in[edit]

Paarl is about 60km from Cape Town. The easiest way to get there from Cape Town is by car is to follow the N1 North, however one can also get there by train or bus.

Get around[edit]

As with most of South Africa it is best to use a rented car.

See[edit]

  • Afrikaans Language Museum11 Pastorie Ave +27 21 872-3441, e-mail: . M-F 9AM-4PM, Closed: public holidays.. 'Die Afrikaanse Taalmuseum' explores the origins of the Afrikaans language. Discover how Afrikaans' development was influenced by Dutch, Malay-Portuguese, French, German, English, Arabic and the indigenous Khoi and African languages. The museum’s focus is on experience – its interactive, multimedia exhibitions give the visitor a hands-on experience of Afrikaans, its history, its dialects, its people and its peculiarities, including interesting place names and nicknames. This museum, although very small in comparison to most other museums, is regarded as one of the leading institutions in South Africa in the field of displaying intangible heritage. In Oom Gideon se Winkel visitors can buy books, CD’s, T-shirts with Afrikaans poems, and craft and delicacies from years gone by. Entrance fee: R10 adults, R5 students, R2 children.
  • Taalmonument +27 21 872 3441, e-mail: . M-Su 8AM to 5PM (8PM Sep to Apr). The Afrikaans Language Monument was unveiled in October 1975. The main 57 meter column symbolises the Afrikaans language while the other columns, domes and walls represents the contribution of the European, indigenous African and Malay languages that have contributed to the development of Afrikaans. A restaurant is located at the monument and the elevated location of the monument provides good views over the Paarl Valley. Entrance fee: R10 adults R5 students R2 children.
  • Paarl Mountain Nature ReserveJan Phillips Mountain Drive +27 21 872-3658fax: +27 21 807-8054. Daily 7AM-6PM. Fynbos landscape and wild olives dominated by massive rounded granite rock formations.
  • The Paarl Rock. One of the worlds largest granite outcrops.
  • Die Vonds Snake Park104 Main Street Wellington +27 21 869-8309. M-Sa 9:30AM-5:30PM. Snakes, monitors, tortoises and other animals and birds.
  • F.S. Smit & Co.10 Lyon Street +27 21 863-1032fax: +27 21 863-2931. Traditional wine cast manufacture with showroom
  • Strooidak ChurchMain Road +27 21 872-4396fax: +27 21 872-9370, e-mail: . One of the oldest and most historic churches in South Africa.
  • The 12km long Paarl Main Road. The longest main road in South Africa. It boasts a mix of Cape Dutch, Victorian, Edwardian and Art Deco architecture.
  • Paarl Bird SanctuaryDrommedaris Street +27 21 868-2074fax: +27 21 868-2507. Home to Hartlaub's Gull, Greyheaded Gull, Cape Shoveller, African Black Duck, Cape Reed Warbler, African Rail, Little Bittern and other species.

Do[edit]

Wine related[edit]

Visit one of many wine estates

Adventure[edit]

Hiking[edit]

There are a number of hiking trails in the area, ranging from short walk to multi-day trails.

  • Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve +27 21 872-3658. A number of trail run through the reserve, ranging from 2.4km to 10km.
  • Laborie Wine Hiking Trail +27 21 708-3390. See the cape flora and birdlife on the Laborie Estate
  • Limietberg Trail +27 21 871-1536. A two-day trail of 36km. Start at the foot of the Du Toitskloof, then to Bainskloof village and on to Tweede Tol.

Other[edit]

  • Le Bonheur Crocodile FarmBabilonstoren Road +27 21 863-1142, e-mail: . A crocodile farm. Try a crocodile pie or buy crocodile leather articles
  • Valley Gun ClubOn the R312 towards Durbanville, just outside Paarl +27 83 325-4764. W from 2PM and Sa from 12PM. The largest clay target shooting club in South Africa and host to the 2010 DTL Trap World Championships. Trap, Skeet, Trench and Sporting.
  • Play championship golf at Paarl Golf Club +27 21 863-1140, e-mail: . Paarl Golf Club has a magnificent championship standard 27 hole golf course situated on Boschenmeer Golf Estate. It is a friendly club that welcomes visitors, including on competition days, and provides an outstanding golfing challenge on a well manicured course with good undulating greens. The Berg river flows alongside the course, and the backdrop of mountains is stunningly beautiful. PGC will host a Sunshine Tour event in 2009, and was a qualifying course for the 2007 SAA South African Open.

Buy[edit]

Fairview.
  • Wine. From any of the wine estates. Do a number wine tasting trips first and find out what you really enjoy. Most estates will ship to your home address so you don't have to cart the bottles around while you travel.
  • Fairview Cheese +27 21 863-2450. Fairview specializes in goats milk cheeses
  • Ikhaya185 Main Road +27 21 872-5831. Arts, Crafts and Gifts

Eat[edit]

This page uses the following price ranges for a typical meal for one, including soft drink:
Budget Under R100
Mid-range R100 to R500
Splurge Over R500

There are a number of fine restaurants are situated along the Main Road and most of the wine estates also have their own restaurants on site.

Budget[edit]

  • At Ease Cafe191 Mainroad +27 21 872-2781. Tu-Sa 11AM-late. Su 11AM-5PM. Ovenbaked pizza and pasta, homemade pies
  • Kostinrichting Coffee Shop19 Pastorielaan +27 21 871-1353fax: +27 872-3599. Light meals

Mid range[edit]

Splurge[edit]

Drink[edit]

Wine and brandy. Visit any of the wine estates that offer wine tasting. Also see the Do section

Sleep[edit]

This guide uses the following price ranges for a standard double room:
Budget Under R500
Mid-range R500 to R1000
Splurge Over R1000

Budget[edit]

  • Klein Waterkloof (Behind Agter Paarl Church on the R44),  +27 21 869-8950, e-mail: . A smallholding among the vineyards with Cape Dutch cottage rooms. From R150 per person sharing.

Mid-range[edit]

  • Belmonte Guesthouse (Antonella Wright), Upper Mill Street (Off Main road turn left after Mc Donalds,into Mill Street, carry on until Upper Mill Street,Up towards mountain until Belmonte Estate Gate.),  +27 21 872-9055, e-mail: . Check-in: 2PM, check-out: 11AM.. On 8 hectares of ground, 4 star guesthouse, 7 well appointed bedrooms, with stunning views from private balconies. TV, airconditioners, swimming pool. Inclusive of breakfast. Lunches and dinners can be arranged at our excellent family restaurant. Personal attention to make stay most memorable. From R300 per person sharing.

Splurge[edit]

  •    Cascade Country ManorWaterval Road +27 21 868-0227. Luxury Family Accommodation in the Olive Valley of the Cape winelands. Nine luxurious double rooms with views of the Waterfall and surrounding Orchards and Vineyards. Dinners showcase fresh local produce. Prices from R660pps.
  • Pontac Manor16 Zion Street +27 21 872-0445fax: +27 21 872-0460, e-mail: . Situated at the slopes of 'Paarl Rock'. This Victorian style hotel dates back from 1723 and has been beautifully restored. TV, air conditioning are available. From 715pps.

Stay healthy[edit]

Hospitals[edit]

Go next[edit]

Paarl is in the center of the Cape Winelands, within proximity of the major town of Stellenbosch. It is also near Cape Town. You can reach all main attractions within 30 to 45 minutes (except the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point).

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