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City Paarl

At about 40 minutes from Cape Town at the foot of the mountains and granite pearls; Paarl, a gem of a village is located. Paarl is the 3rd oldest town in South Africa. Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for his last years at The Drakenstein prison outside Paarl and started the Walk to Freedom from here!

Paarl is located in the Cape Winelands and is the place to spend the balmy summer days with a nice glass of fresh, fruity chilled wine. Or how about the fall and winter months when the leaves change colour, to enjoy a full, round, world-class red wine, naturally produced in the Paarl Valley and possibly with olives from the same valley.

Driving through the village street is a journey back in time. Right and left of you are the most beautiful examples of Cape Dutch, Victorian, Edwardian and Art Deco architecture. Many are houses or offices, but many of these beautiful buildings are quaint shops and little galleries.

With children, you can visit the Drakenstein Lion Park, crocodile farm, the snake park, the bird park with many water birds, canaries and sunbirds. Or visit the glassblowing studio where which is also a nice place, with a view to have lunch, or maybe something outside Paarl, but definitely worth it; Butterfly World, a place where you can walk among hundreds of butterflies.

The language monument (Taal Monument) is well worth a visit because in addition to the history of the emergence of miscellaneous languages ​​in South Africa, you can take beautiful pictures.

Spending the day in Paarl is definitely not boring, you can go horse riding along the mountain or vineyards, or go hot air ballooning in the early morning and see Paarl awaken and how about hiking or mountain biking on the many trails that are there ... For example in the Limietberg Nature Reserve.

On the banks of the Berg River is an Arboretum where 4 500 trees will be found and there are 750 native and exotic trees. The oaks are previously donated by the Governor of the Cape of Good Hope; Simon van der Stel. To stay here in the past ... The rich flora and fauna of Paarl area also attracted the attention of Charles Darwin, father of the evolutionary theory, when he visited Paarl in 1836.

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