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ON top of Paarl Rock

There are a num­ber of trails criss cross­ing this reserve, rang­ing from 2.5 up to 10 km, but by far the most impres­sive is
the hike up the rock itself. The walk starts at the top of the

Paarl Moun­tain Reserve pic­nic area, and should take roughly two hours to the top of the sec­ond rock (Bre­tagna Rock) and back, depend­ing on how much explor­ing you do.

One also has the choice to drive to the top of the first smaller rock, (Paarl Rock) and from here it is only a cou­ple of sec­onds walk to the sum­mit where you have great views of the Paarl Val­ley. Here you will also see one of the the can­nons that was used to sig­nal the arrival of ships in Table Bay.

It is only about 200m fur­ther to the base of Bre­tagna Rock, from where it is a very short, steep hike guided with chains to the top of this gigan­tic stone, this being the sec­ond biggest gran­ite rock out­crops on the planet. From the sum­mit you are rewarded with some fan­tas­tic views, over the Paarl Val­ley and on a clear day one can also see Table Moun­tain 60 km away in the distance.

This stun­ning short walk is a great hike for the whole fam­ily, and I have seen kids as young as five years old almost run up the rock. Once you come back down Bre­tagna Rock and you are still feel­ing ener­getic, you can take a stroll on the board­walk through the lit­tle indige­nous for­est with its 400 + stairs to the back of Bre­tagna Rock where you can watch some dar­ing rock climbers hang­ing from the ver­ti­cal rock face.

Other attrac­tions here include moun­tain bik­ing, fish­ing and this is also a bird­ers par­adise where more than a 130 dif­fer­ent bird species have been recorded.

After your walk, you can end of your day with a laid back braai/​picnic below Paarl Rock.

Map of Paarl Rock

The green bit is an extra walk through some beau­ti­ful indige­nous for­est, and this involves approx­i­mately 400 plus stairs, but it is well worth the effort.


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