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The scenic town of Paarl is a 40-minute drive outside Cape Town, at the foot of the second-largest granite outcrop in the world. This green leafy suburb is full of giant oaks donated by Simon van der Stel, Governor of the Cape of Good Hope colony which provides shade on the hot summer days. The scenic beauty of the Paarl Valley and the richness in fauna and flora attracted the attention of Charles Darwin, when he came to the valley in 1836.
High on the Paarl Mountain and celebrating the birth of Afrikaans is the Afrikaans Language Monument and just outside Paarl is the Victor Verster Prison, where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated and started his walk to freedom.
There are so many great things to do in Paarl: enjoy the experience of a lifetime and go hot-air ballooning! Or visit a crocodile breeding farm, snake park or climb Bretagne Rock and follow one of the many walking trails. Visit Millwater Wild Flower Garden where 15 species of protea may be viewed. Catch trout or bass for dinner, enjoy a horseback ride through vineyards or fynbos, or visit our bird sanctuary. Play around of golf at Pearl Valley Signature Golf Estate & Spa or Paarl Golf Club. If winetasting is your thing, you can view a list of all Paarl Wine Estates that offer wine tasting Paarl here. Relax and savour the world-class wines on the Paarl wine route.
Paarl has so much great accommodation in town and on farms, including campsites, villas, B&B;’s, boutique hotels and five-star hotels.
For those who are a little adventurous and enjoy the company of other travellers, you can decide to stay at a Backpackers. Often having to share a room with others as well as costs, it is incredibly inexpensive. Often the best choice for those who may be just passing through or will be occupied for the majority of their day. It comes with the most basic amenities and is often formed as part of a bar or similar establishment. Not recommended for those who want privacy, this is best suited for those who wouldn’t mind meeting various other interesting travellers.