Paarl has a unique feel to it because it maintains a strong country feel although it is the size of a small city. Towering mountains, vineyards, orchards, rivers and streams makes it the ideal destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Here are 4 things you need to do in Paarl.
Play or watch Polo at Val de Vie
Surrounded by the mountains and vineyards of the famous Paarl-Franschhoek valley, Val de Vie is one of the most spectacular polo estates in the world. Experience the thrill of polo, fine wines, world-class facilities and warm hospitality – all in a breathtaking setting, just 40 minutes away from Cape Town. You are welcome to play or join players, residents, international and local guests for a post-chukka drink and chat. There is also a coach available who can teach you some useful techniques when you’re out on the field.
KWV Wine Emporium
The best place to experience perfect South African wine. Situated in the Paarl Valley, the Emporium is a multi-sensory experience that’s unforgettable for any visitor. Their cellar tour features the Cathedral Cellar which has high vaulted ceilings and some of the world’s largest vats in the world’s largest cellars! After the tour you’ll be treated to a wine tasting where you taste not only the award-winning wines, but brandy and fortified wine. There are daily scheduled tours available in a variety of languages, so you won’t miss out on any of the details.
Drakenstein Lion Park
A visit to Paarl wouldn’t quite be complete without a visit to the Drakenstein Lion Park. This is a Sanctuary for captive born predators that was established in 1998 and provides lions in distress a safe place. You can visit part the park which is 50 acres of sprawling lion habitat. The park isn’t involved in any commercial breeding or trading and it offers lifetime care for all of its animals.
Hot-Air balloon over the vineyards
There are many ways to see the Cape Winelands, with its brilliant colours, craggy mountains and manicured vineyards, but none as exciting and unique as riding in a hot air balloon over this picture-perfect countryside. Cape Winelands Ballooning has been operating hot air balloon rides in the Berg River Valley – a picturesque area not far from Paarl, since 1990. If you enjoy the freedom of flying then make sure you book yourself a hot air balloon tour of the Cape Winelands, because there is no better way than seeing these magnificent vineyards from high up above.
Paarl is a 40-minute drive from Cape Town and is famous for its reputation as one of South Africa’s premier wine growing areas, and among other things the world’s second largest granite rock outcrop. Make sure you include these 4 things to your trip to Paarl to make your visit perfect.
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