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k Cape Town £ @ n 216 Main Rd; www.paarlonline.com

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t Orderly rows of vineyards, which crisscross the Paarl region

In 1687, farms were allocated to early Dutch colonists in the pretty Berg River Valley, which is flanked to the north by Paarl Mountain. The name Paarl comes from the Dutch peerlbergh (pearl mountain), given to the outcrops by early Dutch explorer Abraham Gabbema when he spotted the three smooth domes after a rain shower. Mica chips embedded in the granite glistened in the sun, giving it the appearance of a shiny pearl. The town of ...

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