Western Cape Tourist AttractionsThe Paarl Rock
Paarl Rock is the bulbous granite outcrop that is part of the larger Paarl Mountain, standing out from miles away for its smooth, flawless appearance, from where it gets its name.
Where? Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve, Jan Phillips Mountain Drive, Paarl
How? Call +27 (0)82 744-5900
When? Summer from 07h00 to 19h00 (1 October to 31 March)
Winter from 07h00 to 18h00 (1 April to 30 September)
The views from Paarl Rock are nothing short of breath-taking, providing perfect backdrops for a hike or walk, and stunning photographs. At just two kilometres from the historical town of Paarl, just outside Cape Town in the Western Cape, Paarl Rock is in the heart of the world-famous Cape Winelands.
Rock climbing is, naturally, a popular pastime for visitors to Paarl Rock. It is a relatively easy climb, manageable even by children that are somewhat used to exploring their surrounds. The height is impressive, and the surrounding vistas exquisite.
The entire reserve around Paarl Rock is home to an array of trails, giving those who want to explore the beauty on foot plenty of opportunities to do so. The shortest of these trails is 2.5 kilometres, and the longest 10 kilometres. The climb from Paarl Rock to the top of the second rock (Bretagna Rock) should take hikers an hour each way.
When in this area, visitors are also encouraged to explore the mountain biking trails, fishing opportunities and the endless variety of bird species. Picnics and braais at the foot of Paarl Rock are the perfect way to end this memorable experience.