Places of interest and things to do in Paarl
Paarl gained international attention when, on February 11, 1990, Nelson Mandela walked out of Victor Verster Correctional Centre (now known as Drakenstein Correctional Centre), ending 27 years of imprisonment and beginning the march to South Africa’s democratic era. Today a bronze statue of Mandela stands outside the prison.
The Spice Route’s old farm house offers a variety of activities, from chocolate making, beer brewing and glass blowing to food. Phone 021 863 5200.
Enjoy the landscape of fynbos vegetation dominated by massive rounded granite rock formations set among wild olives, rock candlewoods and wagon trees in the Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve. Hike or climb Bretagne Rock, follow one of the many hiking trails, visit Millwater Wild Flower Garden, or catch a bass at Nantes Dam. Fishing permits from Paarl Municipality. Phone 021 807 4500.
Nederburg is one of South Africa’s most pedigreed wine estates. The manor house, built in 1800 and now home to The Red Table restaurant, overlooks lawns and gardens. Close by is the tasting centre where visitors can sample a wide selection of award-winning wines. Cellar tours are on offer, and must be pre-booked. Picnics are available in the gardens. Visit the Old Cellar Museum for a fascinating glimpse of the Nederburg story. Phone 021 862 3104.