After seeing an advert about a few hiking trails at the Avondale Wine Estate in Paarl, I decided to go check it out.

Not only did I enjoy the hike, but the more I read up about the estate, the more I felt that everyone should be hiking there. Not only for cool trails and views, but their story.

Faber, the estate’s restaurant, contributes so much to the Paarl community. During the lockdown they cooked food daily to assist with the feeding thousands in our community. Every Friday, in collaboration with Heart NPO, they cook to feed vulnerable children, adults and the elderly.
The Head Chef, Dale Stevens from Mossel Bay, was nominated for the 2019 Eat Out Nederburg Rising Star of the Year Award, and all the restaurant’s eggs are laid on the farm by their healthy free range hens in a Egg Mobile which is a 1952 Dodge Truck.

The Egg Mobile
Dale Stevens Head Chef

The estate offers 4 hiking trails, with a pram friendly trail, and other trails perfect for the beginner hiker as well as the amateur hiker. The hikes range from 1.6km, 3km, 3.5km and a 4.2km route. The 4.2km route includes a lengthy ascent, with a amazing 180 degree view at the peak which includes Table Mountain and the complete Paarl Mountain Range – a view not always available on hikes in Paarl and Wellington.

Hiking Trails

At a cost of R25 per adult, a free bottle of water, some delicious pastries and coffee to end the hike off with at their deli, Ochra – it is well worth the visit.

Visiting Avondale, not only gives you the fresh air, awesome views and weekend exercise you looking for, but you will be supporting an establishment who supports the vulnerable and has their values deeply entrenched in the Paarl community.


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