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Western Cape attractions


Afrikaans Language Monument

Afrikaans name: Afrikaanse Taalmonument

Die Afrikaanse Taal Monument

Photo © Forgiss - Fotolia.com

On Paarl Mountain, overlooking the city, there stands the impressive Afrikaans Language Monument. It was built in 1975 and was designed to celebrate the Afrikaans language and to acknowledge the other languages that influenced it.

The architect that designed it was Jan van Wijk.

Accommodation in nearby Paarl

The grounds surrounding the monument are a peaceful place to visit or to explore the surrounding mountains. Some rereshments are available at the coffee shop.

There are two amphitheaters that are used for various events and can be hired out by the public.

A small entrance fee is payable.

Die Afrikaanse Taal Monument

Photo © Forgiss - Fotolia.com

References and further reading

Caravan & Outdoor Life - Issue 667 (October 2017) - Author: - Year Published: 2017 - Page: 20

Conolly's Guide to Southern Africa - Author: Denis Conolly - Year Published: 1982 - Page: 70

Places to Visit in Southern Africa - Author: AA RSA - Year Published: 1995 - Page: 250

Road Tripping South Africa - Author: MapStudio - Year Published: 2014 - Page: 47

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Caledon Wild Flower Garden

Afrikaans name: Caledon Botaniese Tuin

The amazing Cango Caves

Caledon Wild Flower Garden

Photo © Johan van Zyl

The Caledon Wild Flower Reserve, situated next to the town of Caledon, is known by a number of names including Caledon Botanical Gardens and Venster Kloof Botanical Gardens. "Venster Kloof" is the Afrikaans name for a rock in the area that looks like a window.

The reserve is well-known for its collection of indigenous plants and trees, including many species of fynbos.

Accommodation in Caledon

A number of species of birds have been recorded in the gardens. One can also hike through the nature reserve that borders the gardens.

In September each year the gardens host a flower show.

The amazing Cango Caves

The Caledon Wild Flower Garden is a great place to see indigenous plants and trees

Photo © Johan van Zyl

References and further reading

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Potjiesberg Pass

Afrikaans name: Potjiebergpas

Beautiful view from the pass

Potjiesberg Pass

Photo © Johan van Zyl

The Potjiesberg Pass is in the Western Cape near Uniondale. It is on the N9 highway.

The pass was constructed in 1962 and is in good condition. One needs to be careful as the N9 is used by numerous trucks.

The Potjiesberg Pass has outstanding views of the surrounding countryside.

References and further reading

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