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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

View of Paarl from Gordon's Rock

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

Weather Tips

On top of the Paarl Rock

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 September with its peak in June. In winter temperatures range from 8 to about 20°C during summer temps are often above 30°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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