|Paarl, a mere 60 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 an exciting tourist destination.
Paarl is one of the oldest towns in South Africa and particularly
known for its mountain or "Paarl Rock".
The huge granite rock is formed by three rounded outcrops that
make up Paarl Mountain and is the second largest granite outcrop
in the world.
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 splendour, 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.
Add to this the rich heritage of well preserved 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
- and you no longer have an argument in favour of visiting Paarl
but an obligation to do so.
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.
Other attactions include the Paarl Wine Route, Ostrich Farm,
Le Bonheur Crocodile Farm, Butterfly World and much much more.
- Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve, especially noted for the enormous
500 million year-old granite rock (Paarl, Bretagne & Gordon)
that gives Paarl its name.
- The Afrikaans Language Monument, on the slopes of Paarl Mountain
and the Afrikaans Language Museum situated in the town.
- Treasure house of South African architecture along a 2 km
stretch of the Main Street.
- The Paarl Museum is a must for its Cape Antiques and contemporary
exhibitions of Paarl.
- The Ikhwezi Centre is the home to Bhabhathane weavers and
artists from Mbekweni.
- In the Arboretum there are 700 indigenous and exotic species
of trees. A footbridge across the Berg River gives access to
paved walkways on the river bank.
- The Bird Sanctuary along the banks of the Berg River features
136 species of birds. Species include the beautiful Malachite
Kingfisher, Maccoa Duck, African Marsh Harrier & African
- Le Bonheur Crocodile Farm
- Butterfly World
- Lion Park