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Visit Paarl - Western Cape

Afrikaans Taal Monument
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With it's breathtaking scenery and  historic past Paarl is a must see destination when visiting the Western Cape. Paarl also boasts a number of wine and fruit farms, architectural heritage, nature trails, mountain bike routes and much more, making it one of the most charming towns in the Western Cape.

Activities

  • Ballooning – Want a bird’s eye view of the valley? Why not take a ride in a hot air balloon ride for an exclusive view of the vineyards.

    Tel 021 863 3192 (Only available from November to April)

  • Bird Sanctuary – The fine sanctuary is home to 136 bird species, featuring many tropical and beautiful birds, a bird watchers paradise. Permits available at the entrance gate.

  • Butterfly World – The biggest butterfly park in the whole of South Africa, these butterflies fly freely throughout the beautiful garden. Tel 021 875 5628

  • Crocodile Farm – Experience the life of the crocodile with guided tours around the park. Also visit the curio store to prove your courage. Le Bonheur. Tel 021 863 1142

  • Cycling – Guided cycling tours available from two companies:

    • Bike Point – Tel 021 863 3901

    • Cycling Holidays SA – Tel 083 275 8851

  • Fishing – Permits are required to fish for the Trout and Bass available in the Paarl Mountain Dams, these can be obtained from the Paarl Municipality. Tel 021 807 4500

  • Hiking Trails – Hiking permits are required for the 2 or more day hikes.

    • Miaspoort and Donkerkloof Hiking Trails – Tel 021 945 4570

    • Amberg Hiking Trail – Tel 021 862 0982

  • Horse Trails – Tel 021 873 1241

  • Mountain Biking – The routes are not strenuous and can therefore be used for family outings. There are several circular routes from 4km to 20km.

  • Nic Taylor Nuts – Taste and buy a variety of processed or fresh nuts. Tel 021 863 1465

  • Wild Parks

    • Animalzone – Tel 021 875 5063

    • Drakenstein Lion Park – Tel 021 863 3290

    • Wiesenhof – Tel 021 875 5181

    • De Vonds Sanke Park – Tel 021 862 0784

    • Neffensaan Bird Park – Tel 021 862 5285

  • Wine Route – The Paarl Vintners are a group of wine farmers that have united to produce better quality wines and always strive for more. Call them for the best wine route through Paarl, Tel 021 872 3605, email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , website: www.paarlwine.co.za

Attractions

  • Afrikaans Language Museum – On the slopes of Paarl Mountain, this monument towers over Paarl. When there one can experience magnificent views.

  • Afrikaans Language Museum – Found in the centre of the little town, and pays tribute to the various languages. Tel 021 872 3441

  • Architecture – The town is considered a treasure with all its Cape Dutch style houses and buildings mostly found in its very long main street. It also boasts the Oldest Dutch Reformed Church in South Africa, and it’s still in use.

  • Granite Mountain and Nature Reserve – This granite outcrop is the second largest in the world, and is only outdone by Ayer’s Rock in Australia. The reserve offer picnic spots, scenic walks and drives.

  • KWV – One of the major exporters of South African wine. It houses the 5 largest vats in the world under one roof. Tours – Monday to Saturday. Tours held in English, Afrikaans, French or German. Please phone for a reservation, Tel 021 807 3007

  • Nederburg – Famous for its annual wine auction. This wine estate has won numerous awards for its wines and has tours in English, Afrikaans, French, German and Spanish by appointment, Tel 021 862 3104

  • Paarl Museum – The museum boasts a collection of Cape antiques and artefacts. Built in 1787. 303 Main Road, Paarl. Tel 021 872 2651

Restaurants, Bars & Clubs

  • 42 On Main – A relaxed atmosphere with global cuisine offered on the humorous menu. 42 Main Road, Paarl. Tel 021 863 0142

  • Afrikaanse Taalmonument Restaurant – With the best view of Table Mountain, the lush valleys and vineyards and much more, this is the most idyllic venue to just sit back and take in your surroundings. Open daily. Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Tel 021 863 2800

  • At Ease Café – Homemade pies to oven baked pizza, as well as some good wine make a lovely place to share a meal with friends. 191 Main Road, Paarl. Tel 021 872 2781

  • De Leuwen Jagt – African cuisine. Seidelberg Wine Estate, Suid Agter Paarl Road, Paarl. Tel 021 863 5222

  • Laborie – This upmarket restaurant is the ideal place to experience the traditional Cape Malay and Cape Provencale cuisine. Laborie Estate, Taillefert Street, Paarl. Tel 021 807 3095

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