The town of Paarl (meaning Pearl) situated approx 70km from Cape Town CBD is the third oldest European Settlement in South Africa. Paarl made headlines when former President Nelson Mandela was released from the Victor Verster Prison (today Drakenstein Prison) Paarl Mountain has a nature reserve with various hiking routes.
The tour starts with a walk through the Meulwater Wild Flower Reserve where visitors can get a sense of the impressive variety of plants in Paarl Nature Reserve. After a visit to the Wild Flower Garden we cross the Meulwater picnic area to ascend Paarl Rock (543m /1781ft). Here we visit the historical old cannon and walk up to the top of Paarl rock. We continue our hike and walk to Gordon and Bretagne Rocks. Access to the top of Bretagne Rock (649m/2129ft) is possible with the help of a chain walkway. On a clear day one is rewarded with astounding views from the survey Beacon on Bretagne Rock of the Drankenstein Valley, False Bay and Table Mountain and as far as Riebeeck-Kasteel Mountain to the North. We descend and walk another boardwalk made from recycled plastic through an indigenous forest. A total of 4071kg recycled plastic was used to produce these boards. Following the footpath between these domes and then on 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.