Paarl Tourism – Paarl and Cape Winelands

Pack your bags and head off to the Cape Winelands  where apart from scenic  beauty, you can experience the art of winemaking.

Amonument Historical Town

Paarl means “pearl” in Dutch and it is easy to see how this town earned its name. Paarl is South Africa’s third oldest town and boasts an array of cultural and historical attractions.  It was here where the foundations of Afrikaans, one of South Africa’s eleven official languages, were laid.  The Afrikaans Language monument is situated on the slopes of Paarl Mountain, dedicated to the language, its origin and the culture associated with it.  The Language Museum is another testament to Afrikaans and provides and extremely interesting look into the language.  There are several historic walks around this beautiful town.  See  the Thatch Roof Church, one of the oldest churches in South Africa, visit the Oude Pastorie and take in some of the most gorgeous architectural delights for which the town is known.

wine-routeThe Wine Route
Fondly referred to as the Red Route, the Paarl Wine Route has earned international acclaim for its excellent Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Port wines.  The area is home to several wine estates, the most famous of all being KWV and Nederburg.  The wines produced by KWV and Nederburg are some of the most exported of all South African wines and once you have been to a tasting, you’ll know why.
Several of the Paarl wine estates offer tours and opportunities to taste wines.  Most estates also have stunning restaurants and after a morning of sampling some of the world’s greatest wines, what could be better than excellent cuisine at a table set in one of South Africa’s most picturesque locations.
Wine cellars along the Paarl Wine Route include Fairview, Spice Route, Backsberg, Nelson Wine Estate, Nederburg, KWV and Vendome to mention a few.

GolfGolfing in Paarl
The Western Cape is renowned for being one of South Africa’s golfing hotspots:  the two fantastic  golf courses in Paarl are testament to this.  Designed by Jack Nicklaus, the Pearl Valley Signature Golf Estate & Spa is surrounded by mountains and vineyards.   Boschenmeer Golf Course in Paarl is the Western Cape’s first 27-hole course and was designed by golf guru David Frost.  This championship course is challenging but not impossible and offers first class golfing experience.  Furthermore there are no less than 25 golf courses within an hour’s drive from Paarl.

pic 14Natural Delights
Set in an immaculate indoor garden, Butterfly World is the largest free flying park for butterflies in South Africa.  Whilst meandering around the garden you will see hundreds of these colouful and beautiful creatures.
With over 140 different species of bird and waterfowl  the Paarl Bird Sanctuary will delight birding enthusiasts.  
Le Bonheur crocodile farm and Die Vonds snake park are also firm favourites amongst visitors to the area.  Drakenstein Lion Park is a sanctuary for captive lions rescued from various circumstances.

pic 13Awesome Scenery
Paarl Mountain provides endless hours of entertainment to hikers, walkers and mountain bikers looking to catch a glimpse of Paarl Valley and the vineyards from the top.  Rock climbers are drawn to Paarl Rock, a challenging yet highly rewarding climb.  The Millwater Flower Garden is another of Paarl’s natural delights – here you can see many different species of Fynbos and Protea.  

The exquisite Paarl Winelands area lends itself to scenic walks, hikes and drives.  The many scenic routes will take you along the mountains and into the valleys.  For the best view of the gorgeous area why not book a hot air balloon trip.  Quietly soar over the magnificent Berg River Valley and enjoy breathtaking views of the Western Cape Winelands.

wine-dineWining and Dining
From the simplest picnic to the finest cuisine available in the Western Cape, Paarl is sure to reward your palate.  Several top award restaurants surround the Paarl Valley and Cape Winelands.  Enhance your meal with a bottle of the Western Cape’s finest wines.  Some of the best wines in the world are produced here – so take advantage!  Wonderful food and wine plus exciting activities will make for some excellent memories in the Cape Winelands.