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Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve
Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve 


Contact Name: Louise de Roubaix


Jan Phillips Mountain Drive, Paarl  
Postal Address:  Town Paarl  
Telephone: +27 (0) 82 744 5900
Alternative Telephone: +27 (0) 82 335 0461
Fax: +27 (0) 86 527 5154
Rules: Do's & Don'ts-click here



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 or picnics.

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 Licence (obtainable from CapeNature +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 for fishing in the reserve’s dams. Weekly permits are R32.00 and an annual permit R75.00. Bethel dam is closed for fishing until further notice.

Enquiries regarding sporting events or film- & still shoot applications can be made to the reserve office (contact details at bottom of page).

As you enter Paarl Main Street via the N1 from CT, take the Afrikaans Language Monument 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.

General important information
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 licenced 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. Rules: Do's & Don'ts-click here

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.

 Address: Jan Phillips Mountain Drive, Paarl 7620, Western Cape, South Africa
 Tel: +27 82 744 5900
 Enquiry: louiser@drakenstein.gov.za

    GPS Co-ordinates: Lat: -33° 45′ 27.594″ Long: 18° 56′ 50.3658″