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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.

Understand[edit]

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

The easiest way to get there from Cape Town is by car is to follow the N1 North. Travel time is from 45 minutes up to an hour depending on traffic.

By train[edit]

Metrorail runs trains from Cape Town, including the high-end Boland Business Express. Services are aimed mainly at commuters, with more trains in the morning and afternoon. Long distance Shosholoza Meyl trains between Cape Town and Johannesburg also calls here.

There are several railway stations in Paarl, but the main ones for tourists are:

  • 1 Huguenot railway station, Distillery St. Main station in Paarl, where all express and intercity trains calls. Huguenot railway station (Q15226623) on Wikidata Huguenot railway station on Wikipedia
  • 2 Paarl railway station. Confusingly, this is a much smaller station located in the southern suburbs. It's near to the Paarl monument but not much else. Also, note that not all trains calls here.

By bus[edit]

Long distance coach operator Intercape has connections to Paarl from several major cities in South Africa as well as one international service from Harare, in Zimbabwe. While intercity buses are relatively cheap, journey times can be grueling.

Get around[edit]

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

See[edit]

  • 1 Afrikaans Language Monument (Afrikaanse Taalmonument), +27 21 872 3441. Daily 8AM-5PM (to 8PM Sep to Apr). Unveiled in October 1975. The main 57-m 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. There is a restaurant at the monument and the elevated location of the monument provides good views over the Paarl Valley. Entrance: R40. Afrikaans Language Monument (Q385577) on Wikidata Afrikaans Language Monument on Wikipedia
  • 2 Afrikaans Language Museum (Die Afrikaanse Taalmuseum), 11 Pastorie Ave, +27 21 872-3441. M-F 9AM-4PM. 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. Focus is on experience with interactive exhibitions give the visitor a hands-on experience of Afrikaans, its history, its dialects and its people, including interesting place names and nicknames. This small museum is regarded as one of the leading institutions in South Africa for intangible heritage. In Oom Gideon se Winkel visitors can buy books, CDs, T-shirts with Afrikaans poems, and craft and delicacies from years gone by. Entrance: R20.
  • 3 Paarl Museum, 12 Pastorie Ave, +27 21 872 2651.
  • Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve, Jan Phillips Mountain Drive, +27 21 872-3658, fax: +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 world's largest granite outcrops.
  • Die Vonds Snake Park, 104 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 21 863-1032, fax: +27 21 863-2931. Traditional wine cast manufacture with showroom.
  • 4 Strooidak Church, 163 Main St, +27 21 872-4396, fax: +27 21 872-9370, . 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 Sanctuary, Drommedaris Street, +27 21 868-2074, fax: +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 hiking trails in the area, ranging from short walk to multi-day trails.

  • Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve, +27 21 872-3658. Trails run through the reserve, ranging from 2.4 km to 10 km.
  • 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 36 km. Start at the foot of the Du Toitskloof, then to Bainskloof village and on to Tweede Tol.

Other[edit]

  • Le Bonheur Crocodile Farm, Babilonstoren Road, +27 21 863-1142, . A crocodile farm. Try a crocodile pie or buy crocodile leather articles
  • Valley Gun Club, On the R312 towards Durbanville, just outside Paarl, +27 83 325-4764. W from 2PM, Sa from noon. 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, . 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.
  • Paarl Directory (Paarl Directory), KWV Building, +27828974301, . Accommodation, restaurants, attractions and local business guide to everything Paarl.

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 goat's milk cheeses
  • Ikhaya, 185 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 restaurants are situated along the Main Road and most of the wine estates also have their own restaurants on site.

Budget[edit]

  • At Ease Cafe, 191 Mainroad, +27 21 872-2781. Tu-Sa 11AM-late. Su 11AM-5PM. Ovenbaked pizza and pasta, homemade pies.
  • Kostinrichting Coffee Shop, 19 Pastorielaan, +27 21 871-1353, fax: +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]

Mid-range[edit]

Splurge[edit]

  • Alba House, 16 Lille Street, Contrai, +27 21 863-0292, . Privately run B&B in upmarket residential area. Book with Ivana. R600pps.
  • 1 Cascade Country Manor (Cascade Manor), Waterval Road, +27 21 868-0227. Luxury family accommodation with Spa in the Olive Valley of the Cape Winelands. Fifteen rooms with views of the waterfall and surrounding olive groves. Dinners showcase fresh local produce. price=from R990 per Person Prices from R660pps. Member of Cape Country Routes and Fair Trade Tourism Certified
  • 2 Grande Roche Hotel, 1 Plantasie St, +27 21 863 5100. Small luxury hotel.
  • 3 Pontac Manor, 16 Zion Street, +27 21 872-0445, fax: +27 21 872-0460, . 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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