Summer is the ideal time to head for the outdoors and the stunning Boland towns of Paarl and Wellington are ready to welcome visitors for a sizzling summer. From picnics to game drives, outdoor events and adventures as well as gourmet offerings, wine tastings and accommodation deals, Paarl and Wellington should be considered as a summer destination of choice.
As part of the #discoverpaarl and #heartwellington summer campaigns, participating tourist attractions, restaurants and wineries are pulling out all the stops to ensure unforgettable summer holiday memories. Conveniently located within an hour’s drive from Cape Town, Paarl and Wellington are ideal for quick daybreaks, but have enough to offer to keep guests entertained for a multi-day stay.
There is no better way to enjoy the incredible natural surroundings of the Boland than joining friends and family for a delicious picnic with panoramic views of the majestic mountains or lush vineyards and valleys. Whether you want to picnic under the star-light African skies, next to a tranquil lake or under the trees on sprawling lawns, the perfect picnic moment is waiting to be realised. (Visit the websites at the bottom of this article to see the vast variety of available picnic options.) Most venues offer special kiddies picnics and there is even a kosher picnic option.
Alternatively, try an authentic South Africa braai (barbecue) on Paarl Rock or in the lapa of a game reserve. Stop at wine route members for exciting food and wine pairings ranging from traditional pairings of award-winning wines with biltong, charcuterie, tapas, cheese and olives; or even gourmet mini pies and home-made jams.
If you are looking for outdoor adventures or just like to keep active, sign up for a quad bike tour, practise your aim during paintballing or air rifle target shooting; or enjoy some of the MTB or trail running tracks, or beautiful hiking trails. Get closer to Mother Nature during a game drive, reptile adventures and even croc cage diving.
Even entertainment is heading outdoors with an outdoor movie night, a fire and flame performance, live music, a popular riel dancing contest on the schedule. Looking for a slower pace? Head for a rose farm to pick your own roses, enjoy a fragrant rose pampering session, take the kids on a tree hunt or do some last minute gift shopping.
Paarl and Wellington have become renowned as ultimate child-friendly destinations with loads to do for the youngsters, special children’s play areas as well as special kids’ menus at most participating restaurants.