PAARL MOUNTAIN NATURE RESERVE
WELCOME! Enjoy the picturesque landscape of fynbos vegetation dominated by massive rounded granite
rock formations set among wild olives, rock candlewoods and wagon trees. Take a vigorous hike,
or climb Bretagne Rock, follow one of the many hiking trails, visit Mill water Wild Flower Garden
where numerous species of Proteas may be viewed, catch a bass at Nantes dam or enjoy mountain
biking, picnics and panoramic views of the Drakenstein valley.
Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve is open throughout the year, including weekends and all public holidays.
Entry is R52.00 per vehicle plus R17.00 per occupant, which can be bought at the reserve main gate.
Entry is free during the week.
Routes / Map
A map with all the hiking and mountain biking routes can be bought at the reserve for R34.00
(On weekends and Public Holidays at the Reserve Main Gate and at the Drakenstein Municipality
Head Office, Afrikaans Language Monument and Paarl Tourism Office during the week).
Both a Provincial Angling License (obtainable from CapeNature or the Post Office) as well as a Fishing
Permit (obtainable from Drakenstein Municipal offices Monday – Friday 08h00-17h00 or at the main
gate over weekends/public holidays during facility hours) are required for fishing in the reserve’s dams.
Weekly permits are R34.00 and an annual permit R81.00.
Bethel dam is closed for fishing until further notice.
Filming & Sporting events
Enquiries regarding sporting events or film- & still shoot applications can be made to the reserve office
(contact details at bottom of page). Booking in advance is compulsory.
As you enter Paarl Main Road via the N1 from CT, take a left at the off-ramp. Follow Paarl Main Road,
go straight over the first robot and then left at the first road on your left hand side (Jan Phillips
Follow this road for approximately 6kms until you get to the Meulwater
day braai & picnic site. Alternatively, follow the road leading up to the Afrikaans Language Monument
(Gabbema Doordrif Road) and take the dirt road turning off to the right (Jan Phillips Mountain Drive)
leading past the Amphi theatre, until you reach the Meulwater day braai & picnic site picnic area.
GPS Co-ordinates: Lat: -33° 45′ 27.594″ Long: 18° 56′ 50.3658″
Summer: 07h00-19h00 (1 Oct – 31 March)
Winter: 07h00-18h00 (1 April – 30 Sept)
Note: No entry is allowed 1 hour before closure times.
Remember, there are no shops on the reserve, so bring along your own fire wood, grid and supplies.
Strictly no dogs or music is allowed in the reserve and day camps. No horse riding facilities available.
Only licensed vehicles, no off-road motorbikes and/or quad bikes allowed. No larger than 22 seated
busses are allowed. There are no swimming facilities on the reserve.
Please help us keep the mountain clean by using available refuge bins.
This is a high fire risk area – STRICTLY NO FIRES in areas other than demarcated braai/camp facilities.
Report any fires immediately!
Rules: Do’s & Don’ts-click here
Reserve contact details
Address: Jan Phillips Mountain Drive, Paarl 7620, Western Cape, South Africa
Tel: +27(0) 82 744 5900 / +27(0) 82 335 0461