Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve

Paarl Mountain was declared a National Monument in October 1963 and a Nature Reserve in 1977.

Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve

The mountain has three granite outcrops that are more than 500 million years old, and they sparkle like diamonds and pearls after a heavy rainfall.


Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve

That’s how the town got its name: Paarl is the Dutch word for pearl.

The three unique rock formations are Paarl Rock, Bretagne Rock, and Gordon’s Rock.

Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve

Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve

John and I headed there for a hike one morning back in November 2016.

Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve

The hike is fairly easy and will take you along a picturesque landscape of fynbos vegetation and massive granite rocks.

Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve

Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve

Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve

There are a number of hiking trails ranging from 2.5 km to 10 km.

Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve

There is even this route if you’re looking for something a bit more challenging.

Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve

No matter your adrenaline junkie level, be sure to take the steps up to Paarl Rock:

Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve

The 360 degree view is nothing short of sensational.

Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve

Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve

Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve is about 30 minutes from Stellenbosch and an hour from Cape Town.

Definitely add this to your list of things to do in the Cape Winelands.

After our morning at the mountain, we went to Bertus Basson at Spice Route for a delectable 3 course lunch.

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More Info

Address
6 Jan Phillips Mountain Drive
Paarl,Western Cape
7624
South Africa

GPS
Lat: -33° 45′ 27.594″
Long: 18° 56′ 50.3658″

Hours
Summer: 07h00-19h00 (1 Oct – 31 March)
Winter: 07h00-18h00 (1 April – 30 Sept)
Open throughout the year, including weekends and all public holidays.

Cost
R48.00 per vehicle plus R16.00 per occupant

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