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Paarl, which means “pearl” in Afrikaans, is named after the enormous granite pluton behind the town as, after rain, it gleams like a giant pearl. The main attraction here is wine, with a huge number of excellent wineries on the Paarl Wine Route. If you want to do the wine route slightly differently, you could do a horseback wine tasting trip or, if that’s a bit too adventurous, travel through the vineyards in a horse-drawn wagon, tasting all the way, of course.

Paarl is just off the N1 about 50km north-east of Cape Town.

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