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 Millwater Wild Flower Garden where 15 species of protea may be viewed, catch a bass at Nantes dam or enjoy mountain biking or picnics. Fishing permits available at Paarl Municipality.
Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve is open throughout the year, including weekends and all public holidays. Entrance fee is 48 per vehicle plus R16.00 per occupant, which can be bought at the reserve main gate. A map with all the routes can also be bought here, at R32.00 (On weekends and Public Holidays on The Reserve at the gate and also at the Afrikaans Language Monument).
Both a Provincial Angling License (obtainable from Cape Nature +27(0)21 871 1535 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. Weekly permits are R32.00 and an annual permit R75.00.
Enquiries regarding sporting events or film shoot applications can be made to the reserve office (contact details below).
As you enter Paarl Main Street via the N1 from CT, take the Taalmonument turn off (Gabemma Road) and follow the road past the Amphi theatre, past the picnic area on the mountain until you find the sign and turn off to the reserve. Alternatively take Jan Phillips Mountain Drive just after the robot at Vineyard Spar on your left and before Frater Square on your contact
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 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 buses are allowed. There is no swimming facilities on the reserve.
Hours: Summer: 07h00-19h00 (1 Oct – 31 March)
Winter: 07h00-18h00 (1 April – 30 Sept)
Note: No entry is allowed 1 hour before closure times. For tours on the Mountain please contact relevant Tour Operators in the area.
Lat: -33° 45′ 27.594″
Long: 18° 56′ 50.3658″