Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve Half Day Tour

Paarl Nature Reserve is dominated by the huge granite rocks that date back more than 500 million years. The three rounded outcrops that makeup Paarl Mountain are the second-largest granite outcrop in the world. Paarl meaning ‘pearl’ was so named for the pearlescent glitter of the wet granite after rains. On the foothills of these granite domes you find the town of Paarl, the third oldest European Settlement in South Africa.
Route Description: We start at 427m (14001ft) and ascend Paarl Rock (543m /1781ft) to stunning views over the Drakenstein Valley and visit the historical old cannon, Then onto Gordon and Bretagne Rocks. We walk to the top of Bretagne Rock (649m/2129ft) with the help of a chain walkway. On a clear day, one can see the Drankenstein Valley, False Bay, Table Mountain and Riebeeck-Kasteel Mountain. We descend and walk on a boardwalk through indigenous forest and then onto a footpath between the two domes to Christmas Camp for a well-deserved rest under the old wild olive trees. From here we walk back to the start of the hike via Nantes dam and end with a walk through the Meulwater Wild Flower reserve

Altitude: 
Start: 427m (14001ft) - highest point reached: 649m (2129ft) above sea level.
Distance: 
Approx. 7 km (4.2 miles)
Rating: 
Moderate
Time: 
Between 4 – 5 hours
Attractions: 
The Meulwater Wild Flower Reserve which has an impressive diversity of about 68 indigenous plants in a condensed area of 9 hectare. You can only appreciate the size of these huge granite domes (estimated to be about 530 million years old) by climbing them and walking around them. They have been compared in majesty to Uluru ( Ayers Rock) in Australia; however, they are not geologically similar. Paarl Rock is granite, while Uluru is sandstone.
Price: 
Single Person R1200
Two or more people R650pp
Price Valid until February 2020
Included: 
Pick up and drop at hotel if you are in Paarl, and water for the hike.
Not included: 
Travel from further afield than Paarl
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