The Afrikaans Language Monument on Paarl Mountain is a fascinating step back into history.
Built in 1975 and designed by architect Jan van Wijk, it acknowledges the influence of a variety of languages on the development of Afrikaans, namely Dutch, Malay, Malay-Portuguese, Arabic, French, German, English, and the indigenous Khoi and African languages,
Free guided tours are available daily and pre-booking is advised. The new Visitor Centre houses exhibitions and a book shop. The garden is perfect for picnics, has two kiddies’ play parks and offers easy access to hiking trails on Paarl Mountain. Popular events include Full Moon and Stargazing Picnics, as well as Picnic Concerts.
Volksmond Coffee Shop is a cosy meet-and-greet surrounded by incredible views. The menu includes breakfast, picnics, lunch, cake, tea, coffee, beer and wine. Afrikaans books, crafts, postcards and souvenirs are on sale. Please pre-book Picnic baskets.
Address: Gabbema Doordrift Street, Paarl Mountain
GPS coordinates: 33° 45′ 58.64″ S 18° 56′ 35.36″ E
Open: Mon. to Sun. 08:00–17:00 (Apr. to Nov.) 08:00–20:00 (Dec. to Mar.) Latest access is 30 minutes before closing time. Coffee shop and Visitor centre close at 16:45.
24 Dec & 31 Dec: 08:00–12:00
Closed: Christmas and New Year
Entrance fee: Adults: R30 (visit both the monument on Paarl Mountain and the museum in Pastorie Avenue in town and receive R10 discount at the second site), SA students: R10, children: R5, pre-booked school groups: R5 per learner, children under 6 free
Annual permit: R120/R220 family
Biking permit: R25 per day/R220 annually
Picnics: Please pre-book for groups of 20 persons or more.
Credit card facilities available.