I am Hybré van Niekerk, former Marketing Coordinator of Paarl Tourism and former Curator of Het Gesticht Slave Museum and proud owner of Paarl Historical Walk and Tours (PTY) LTD.
I have been working in the tourism industry for more than 10 years. My walking tours are listed as no 6 in Travelstartblog’s 20 Amazing things to do in the Cape Winelands, please view the blog written by Rebecca Houston, http://www.travelstart.co.za/blog/things-to-do-cape-winelands/ . I have also featured in articles published in “Die Burger”, Pick ‘n Pay’s Travel Ideas and “Vroue Keur”. In 2009 I had my television appearance on “Pasella” and again in 2015 on “DeKat TV” on Kyk Net.
My love for the history of Paarl started when I was in Grade 5, many moons ago. Here the names of Jan van Riebeeck, Abraham Gabbema, Arnoldus Pannevis and the names of the first 5 farms granted to free burghers never left my mind. Attending the celebrations in 1987 when Paarl turned 300 with my grandmother are precious memories I will cherish forever. As gifts at Faure Street Sport Stadium we received mugs, small drinking glasses and peak caps with the “Paarl 300” logo on it. As a 12 year old girl, it was the best day ever! I would like to dedicate this webpage to my grandmother; for ever since I can remember she used to tell me not to talk so much. I was the type of child that could not keep quiet, always had a story to tell. Today, as the owner of my own company and being an accredited provincial tourist guide, I am earning a living with my “gift” of talking too much!
The Historical Walking Tour starts at Het Gesticht Museum, the fourth oldest church building in South Africa. You will receive a guided 1km walk of our beautiful Main Street, focusing on the history, architecture and hidden stories lying beneath these majestic manor houses and buildings. The tour takes about 2 to 2.5 hours; visitors should wear comfortable shoes and preferably a hat during summer. From November to March the tours will be conducted at 9am and 5pm. From April to October it will take place at 11am and 3pm. Tours will take place as per booking. A complimentary mineral water and a non-alcoholic beverage of your choice to be provided.
Private & exclusive full day tours with an air-conditioned sedan for up to 4 guests are also available. Larger groups can be accommodated as well. The tours include visits to local museums and heritage sites, a cultural lunch and ending off with a wine tasting off course. Full day or half day tours can be booked 24 hours in advance.
Tel: +27(65) 905 8197