Recently, we were presented with a nice problem. We were given a full tank of petrol on a long weekend. After considering all our faraway, favourite road trip destinations, we finally chose Paarl, which actually isn’t really far from Cape Town.
We went to visit the Afrikaans Language Monument and took a walk on top of the Paarl Rock.
This was a wonderful adventurous day and should be on your bucket list.
The Afrikaans Language Monument.
The Afrikaans Language Monument was designed by Jan Van Vijk, who got his inspiration from two Afrikaans authors, CJ Langehoven and NP Van Wyk Louw. The monument represents the Afrikaans language wonderfully:
Firstly, there are the structures which represent the languages which have contributed to Afrikaans:
- Four pillars on the left representing the European languages – English, French, German and Dutch.
- Three humps on the right representing the African languages – Zulu, Xhosa and Sotho
- A platform in the stairways representing the Asian languages – Malay, Portuguese and Arabic
Secondly, the structures which represent the place of Afrikaans
- The highest pillar represents the Afrikaans language.
- There is a bridge connecting from the European Language Pillars to the highest pillar, which represents the bridge between Europe and Africa.
- To the right of the Afrikaans pillar is another long pillar representing South Africa.
We had breakfast at the coffee shop at the Afrikaans Language Monument. The staff speak Afrikaans, but understood our English perfectly. We sat overlooking magnificent views and the wooden jungle gym. There were children’s tables with plenty to keep the children busy. The manager was quick to laugh off my child’s antics and said we mustn’t worry about him running around and making a noise.
There are wonderful views and lots of lawn, so next time I’ll be taking picnic supplies and a blanket.
Fauna and Flora:
Although I did see a large lizard and a bee there are no animals to go look at, but the flowers are beautiful. Paarl rock was filled with Fynbos and Proteas in bloom. Sadly, a lot of the mountain side was burnt. At the Afrikaans Language Monument the gardens are filled with succulents and indigenous plants.
Things for children to do:
- As mentioned above there is the jungle gym at the coffee shop and activity tables to keep the children busy.
- A map is given at the entrance which my little one loves, so he enjoyed the walk around and looking at his map so that I could point out where we were.
- There is another jungle gym which was very quiet which is perfect for a family picnic overlooking Paarl.
- Fishing at the dam on the way to Paarl Rock (We will come prepared next time)
Paarl Rock is the second largest granite outcrop in the world.
Unfortunately, I was too ill to climb up to the top of Paarl rock, apparently the top is only 200m from the road inside the reserve. We did however, wonder into the forest which leads down to the back of the mountain. We counted 340 steps which led the way down; however, I have read conflicting counts, anywhere between 350-450, just know it’s a LOT!
I’m sharing 15 of my photos because it was so beautiful, I snapped 60 pictures to choose from, so it was a tough one just choosing just 15, but I do have a challenge for you. Feel free to comment below and let me know in which pictures you find a bee, a lizard, Table Mountain and the moon.