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Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve

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Hubbie took me for an afternoon drive to the Paarl Nature Reserve and halfway thru we came across the Millstream Wildflower Garden. Oh, wow. It's Magical!. Smack bang in the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Hubbie took me for an afternoon drive to the Paarl Nature Reserve and halfway thru we came across the Millstream Wildflower Garden. Oh, wow. It's Magical!. Smack bang in the middle of gigantic rock and mountain. There is a walkway leading past the metal gates, a small adventure it seems. (we haven't gone up there as yet) Many sites where... More 

Thank RonaCCB
Paarl, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A nice place to take the kids. Outdoor play areas, coffee shop, great views. You are charged an angry fee per adult and child over six but they do take card. Good activity for a couple of hours.

Thank CandiceLink
Paarl, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

As a family we visit this venue often because it is clean, safe and open after normal business hours in somer. There are very few places where you may take your own food and have a good old fashion picnic. Here you can bring your blanket and food and relax in the beauty of nature. It is affordable and also... More 

Thank Paljas1976
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Didn't stay long as it was soooo hot but really interesting to see the rocks. Lovely drive up here along winding roads.

Thank JaCob5
Amersfoort, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

dirt track leads up to the Paarls. Last bit is a very steep climb up the huge granit rock called the Paarl. Two different paarls to climb but the highest has the best 360 view

Thank ekholland27
Surrey, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2017

Dominating the skyline above Paarl the highest rock here is Paarl Rock a massive granite outcrop and the world's second largest (after Uluru in Australia). At over 500 million years old it is quite spectacular. The nature reserve has a small entrance charge and at the entrance kiosk you can also buy a guide leaflet which gives the history and... More 

Thank Ashsaw
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

I've been coming to Paarl for more than 30 yrs but have never visited the Reserve! We took a drive there late Sun afternoon to check out the 3 dams for fishing. What beauty and the views are breathtaking. A fishing licence from the Post Office is required to fish in general but another licence must be bought from Drakenstein... More 

Thank Sheila M
Somerset West, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

This reserve provides one with enough entertainment for a day or an hour! Great hiking trails, waterfalls, and the main attraction are the enormous granite rocks that are accessable with visitor-friendly walkways making it easy and safe to reach the top! We have also seen rock-climbers on the steep rock face but preferred the alternative route! Be careful on very... More 

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Helensburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2017

Amazing rock formations and easy but spectacular walking near and to the summits. The access roads are in pretty poor states of repair and the signage is sorely lacking. No worthwhile information boards either. However, the area is really spectacular and provides great views of Paarl and its surrounds.

Thank cardaft200
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017

If you want the best view of Paarl and the surronding areas, and also the Table mountain. This is the place to be.

Thank Per J

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