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The Afrikaans Language (Taal) Monument, Paarl

Paarl Monument

The Afrikaans Language Monument is located on a hill overlooking Paarl, South Africa and was erected in 1975 to honour the Afrikaans Language.

The Monument’s design has specific meanings: Three linked columns symbolise the contribution of the Western world to Afrikaans, three rounded shapes represent the contribution of Africa, and a wall for the contribution of the Malaysian people. A fountain symbolizes new ideas and a pillar soaring 57 meters above the fountain represents the growth of the language. The pillar is hollow, and light from above pours down it, illuminating the fountain. A second pillar represents the political development of South Africa and its close associations with the growth of Afrikaans.

In the garden behind the monument there is a memorial plaque in honour of the architect Jan van Wijk, whose ashes have been interred here.

With all the steps and lawns, children will enjoy the freedom to run and climb.

Next to the historic Afrikaans Taal Monument, the Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve is a truly stunning 2000-hectare retreat, with hiking and biking trails, fishing opportunities and breathtaking vistas of the surrounding mountains and winelands. Take a drive through the reserve – you won’t be disappointed! If you are interested in rock climbing, the Paarl Rock in the reserve is a favourite spot.

Adjoining the nature reserve, finely situated on the slopes of the hill, is the small Meulwater Wild Flower Reserve, with some 200 species of indigenous plants. It is particularly beautiful in late spring, when the flowers display at their best.

The Volksmond Coffee Shop at the monument offers refreshments, including Sunday lunch and sundowners. Stunning views make the monument a popular picnic spot! Bring your own basket or order one from the coffee shop.

The amphitheatre, just below the Afrikaans Language Monument, is the venue for full moon picnics and various shows.

Tel: +27 (0)21 863 2800/+27 (0)84 911 2848

The Taalmonument walking trail is open to the public. It will take you approximately half an hour to complete the trail of 1.2km. The route is easily accessible (it starts and ends right in front of Volksmond Coffee Shop).

Directions: Take the R44 off ramp off the N1 from Cape Town. Continue a short distance and take the first turn left onto the R45. Drive 7.9km and pass the turn-off to the R44, and turn left again onto Sandwyk Street. Turn first right onto Pieter Hugo Street.  Turn left onto Gabbema Doordrift Rd. You will see the signs to the ultra modern Afrikaanse Taal Monument.

Open: Mon. to Sun. 08:00–17:00 (Apr. to Sep.): 08:00–20:00 (Oct. to Mar.): 24 Dec. & 31 Dec.: 08:00–12:00: Closed: Christmas (25 Dec.) and New Year’s Day (1 Jan.). Tel: +27 (0)21 872 3441/ +27 (0)76 017 6026: E-mail: Website.

The Afrikaans Language Monument is best visited in conjunction with the Afrikaans Language Museum, which is situated off the R45 at 11 Pastorie Avenue, between Market and Lady Grey streets, Paarl. +27 (0)21 872 3441

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