Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve

Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve

Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve
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apollomax13
Gardone Riviera, Italy78 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
Magic Place ! Second largest Monolith after Red Rock in Australia. Lon g way up on a dirt road. Can climb then up to the top. Extreme steep, good shoes necessary. Stunning 360° viev over Paarl valley.
Written 4 March 2023
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Garrett
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
Beautiful day out in nature, spectacular views and lots of good places to visit in the near vicinity. I would definitely recommend!
Written 2 March 2023
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Bernadette Bredenkamp
45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Family
I know this Mountain like the palm of my hand. It is not like your general hiking route. Rather, it is clean with easy, medium and hard routes. One can start your walk to the rock (or maybe not even to the rock but rather just an easy level route) from the amphi theatre. Or, you can start at Frater square and look forward to a bootleggers coffee afterwards. At the top of Houtstraat, there is a steep walk to the Meulwater braai area just below Paarl Rock. Another option is coming in from Northern Paarl. However, I will only suggest that if you are seated on a bicycle saddle because the route is less graceful. It is between 3-6km to the rock (depending on the route you take) from Meulwater campsite to Paarl Rock.
Written 14 September 2022
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mamsegula
14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
We did this hike with ages 9-50. It was just wonderful. Not too easy or hard. And the views are amazing. There are many different trails we did the one right at the entrance gate.
Written 9 August 2022
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Cyril K
Cape Town, South Africa343 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
The drivable routes inside the reserve amount to around 25 km. Most of them can be driven in a regular sedan, but some are badly eroded and a vehicle with high ground clearance is highly recommended.
There are three large granite domes in the reserve: Paarl Rock, Bretagne and Gordon's Rock. The former can be climbed by families including children, but Bretagne is too dangerous for small children unless they are tethered to adults. Gordon's Rock can only be climbed by skilled mountaineers.
There are three picnic sites in or near the reserve and the ablution facilities were neat and tidy during my visit.
You have to pay to enter on weekends and public holidays but entry is free during the week.
Written 29 November 2021
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Emarie B
Paarl, South Africa681 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
A must do over the weekend
No excuses. You can visit this by car, on foot, with a bicycle. Alone or with friends. And the experience will be divine. You and nature, nothing else. Just come...

Enjoy the picturesque landscape of fynbos vegetation dominated by massive rounded granite rock formations set among wild olives, rock candlewoods and wagon trees. Take a vigorous hike, or climb Bretagne Rock, follow one of the many hiking trails, visit Mill water Wild Flower Garden where numerous species of Proteas may be viewed, catch a bass at Nantes dam or enjoy mountain biking, picnics and panoramic views of the Drakenstein valley.

Entry fees Entry is R30 per occupant in a vehicle payable at the reserve’s main gate.
Entry is free during the week.

Buy your map with the mountain’s MTB and hiking routes at the Paarl Visitors Information Centre at R50.

Directions

As you enter Paarl Main Road via the N1 from CT, take a left at the off-ramp. Follow Paarl Main Road, go straight over the first robot and then left at the first road on your left hand side (Jan Phillips Mountain Drive). Follow this road for approximately 6kms until you get to the Meulwater day braai & picnic site. Alternatively, follow the road leading up to the Afrikaans Language Monument (Gabbema Doordrif Road) and take the dirt road turning off to the right (Jan Phillips Mountain Drive) leading past the Amphi theatre, until you reach the Meulwater day braai & picnic site picnic area.

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

Facility hours

Summer: 07:00 – 19:00 (1 Oct – 31 March)
Winter: 07:00 – 18:00 (1 April – 30 Sept)

Note: No entry is allowed 1 hour before closure times.

Important information

Remember, there are no shops on the reserve, so bring along your own fire wood, grid and supplies. Strictly no dogs or music is allowed in the reserve and day camps. No horse riding facilities available. Only licensed vehicles, no off-road motorbikes and/or quad bikes allowed. No larger than 22 seated busses are allowed. There are no swimming facilities on the reserve. Please help us keep the mountain clean by using available refuge bins.

This is a high fire risk area – STRICTLY NO FIRES in areas other than demarcated braai/camp facilities. Report any fires immediately!
Written 6 March 2021
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IanBayne
Sandton, South Africa78 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021
Not kid friendly, with sheer unprotected drops all around, the walk up is challenging and fun. Chains are installed where the gradient is steep, but the view from the top is breathtaking.
Written 5 March 2021
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Voyager750567
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Family
What a treat to get out and about after lockdown! Took our kids for a hike and it was great to be outside again after many months in lockdown. I’m so grateful for this beautiful natural space.
Written 14 November 2020
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Mandy B
Worcester, South Africa17 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
Went on a wonderful hike at the Paarl mountain nature reserve. There are many different routes to choose from. The 360 ° panoramic views overlooking the Paarl valley and surrounds were extraordinary and we could even see Table mountain in the distance. It is a relatively easy climb/walk although their are a few steep hills. We had a map but the routes however were very poorly marked and most of the time we had to find/make our own way.
Written 22 August 2020
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Emarie B
Paarl, South Africa681 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
This is the place to be on a weekend for a good run, walk or cycling in Paarl Mountain. So great to be able to use this mountain, especially now during lockdown in South Africa. This is probably one of the Western Cape's best kept secrets.
Written 8 August 2020
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