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Paarl Rock are three granite outcrops, second biggest on earth, which are more than 500 million years old. It was declared a Nature Reserve in 1977.

It’s a great destination all year round, but it should be sunny or at least dry. The rocks are utterly exposed, it can be windy and it’s not pleasant with rain. In September and October, beautiful proteas and wildflowers are in bloom.

Avoiding crowds

Paarl Rock is still a "hidden" gem and more known by the South Africans. Therefore, on weekends and public holidays, it’s a bit crowded especially the braai (BBQ) areas. At weekdays enjoy the tranquility on top of the rocks.

Weather Tips

The “dry” season lasts from November to March. In summer it can get hot around midday. Bring a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen. Most rainfall from May to August with its peak in June. In winter temperatures range from 8 to about 16^C.

Opening Hours of the Paarl Rock Nature Reserve 
  • Summer: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. (1 Oct – 31 March)
  • Winter: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. (1 April – 30 Sept) 
  • Last entry 1 hour before closure times.
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We spent several days in Cape Town for the perfect, clear day without any clouds at table mountain.

The Table Mountain often covered in clouds, the "tablecloth" is a great destination throughout the year.  During summer the clouds occur less often. The tablecloth looks terrific from the bottom, but hiking to the plateau is more difficult and colder.

Weather

Best weather conditions with very few precipitation from October until March. Most rainfall from from May until September.

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The "disa uniflora" is an orchid that blooms from January to March at waterfalls and streams of the Table Mountain Plateau and the Twelve Apostles.

The pride of table mountain" blooms from January to March. Regarding the weather these months are also a good  time to travel around Cape Town. However, it's pretty busy in South Africa during summer.

Weather

Best weather conditions with very few precipitation from October until March. Most rainfall from from May until September.

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In 1983 the first pair of African penguins established this colony. Nowadays there are about 2000 around the area of Boulders.

Boulders Penguin Colony is a stunning year-round destination, not only during the feeding/breeding season. Nowhere else in the world you get closer to African Penguins in the wild. However, it's often crowded.


Photo by Kym Ellis on Unsplash

Avoiding Tourist Crowds

The busy months are November until March/April. However, it can be crowded in the shoulder and off-season as well, especially on the weekends. To beat the crowds and increase the chance of a parking lot, be there very early in the morning as soon as they open. Another idea is to go late: About 1 hour before they close. You'll see more penguins compared to mornings.

Highlights 

The breeding season is from February until August: It peaks from March to May. It's fascinating because all the penguins are at the beach feeding the small ones. The babies get fed for about two months in the late afternoon. Therefore you have to decide between fewer crowds but also fewer penguins in the morning and more crowds but also more penguins in the afternoon. Or go late before they close (see above Tourist crowds). In general, you'll spot more penguins in the breeding season than at other times.

Boulder Beach with Penguins
Boulder Beach in the afternoon

Opening Hours
  • Winter: April - September 08:00 - 17:00
  • Summer: December - January 07:00 - 19:30
  • February - March 08:00 - 18:30
  • October - November 08:00 - 18:30
Penguin Calendar
  • January: Juveniles are moulting, adults feeding up for the breeding season.
  • February - August: Breeding season with most penguins at the beach.
  • September - October: Penguins at sea, feeding up for moulting. Fewer penguins at the beach.
  • November - December: Moulting season.
Weather

Best weather with least rain is from October until March. The chance of increasing rainfall starts in May and lasts until September. Simons Town Weather Averages

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