granite grey

an independent little cottage for the romantic of heart that would like to self cater

Our guesthouse won’t be complete without an independent little cottage for the romantic of heart that would like to self-cater. Granite Grey is an independent unit with its own little garden, kitchenette and veranda where you can have a traditional braai overlooking the famous Paarl Rock. We choose the name Granite Grey in honour of the school that formed so many of South Africa’s leaders in business, sport and culture, namely: Paarl Boy’s High.


 Herewith the schools’ anthem referring to the name of our self-catering unit:

Neath the far famed rock of granite grey
Stands a school the best all people say
Boys and youths to train and educate
Model men to rear for Church and State
Or for tended field, for track and sporting ground
And its name and fame throughout the land resound.

For the school, renowned from Berg to Vaal
Is the Boys’ High School of Upper Paarl.
Of all the school throughout the land
Alma Mater thou shalt stand.
Supreme and great far o’er the rest
Highly honoured, glorious and blessed.

Die Pêrel

Our guesthouse won`t be complete without a room named after the Paarl, read on and find out why…
This room was named Pêrel after Paarl Rock, the bulbous granite outcrop that is part of the larger Paarl Mountain. The town got its name from this smooth, flawless “gem”, defining the skyline of the third oldest town and European settlement in the Republic of South Africa (after Cape Town and Stellenbosch)

This huge granite rock is formed by three rounded outcrops that make up Paarl mountain and has been compared in majesty to Uluru (formerly known as Ayers Rock) in Australia. (However, they are not geologically similar. Paarl Rock consists of intrusive igneous rock, while Uluru is a sedimentary remnant).

The name Paarl is Afrikaans and derived from Parel, meaning Pearl in Dutch. The area was first inhabited by the Khoikhoi and San people. The Peninsular Khoikhoi people and the Cochoqua people lived in this area divided by the Berg River Valley.


The Cochaqua were cattle herding people and among the richest of the Khoi tribes.The Dutch East India Company under the leadership of Jan van Riebeeck established meat trading relationships with the Khoikhoi people on the Table Bay coastline.In 1657, in search of new trading relationships inland, Abraham Gabemma saw a giant granite rock glistening in the sun after a rainstorm and named it “de Diamondt en de Peerlberg” (Diamond and Pearl Mountain) from which Paarl is derived.

Paarl gained international attention when, on 11 February 1990, Nelson Mandela walked out of Victor Verster Correctional Centre

Paarl gained international attention when, on 11 February 1990, Nelson Mandela walked out of Victor Verster Correctional Centre (now known as Drakenstein Correctional Centre) in Paarl ending 27 years of imprisonment and beginning the march to South Africa’s post-apartheid era and multi-racial elections. Mandela spent three years in prison here living in a private house within the walls. The owner of Afrika Pearl Guesthouse; Johan van Rensburg designed the house in which Nelson Mandela spent his last years before he was released from prison in 1990.

It was an easy choice to name one of our rooms Pêrel ( Afrikaans for pearl) as a Pearl embodies a person or entity of great worth. Our town and Nelson Mandela stands firm in the great value and contribution of greatness to our country.  Source: Wikipedia



the perfect haven to unwind

Tired of the rat race? Know the meaning of the word Tranquil?

That perfect tranquillity of life, which is nowhere to be found but in retreat, a faithful friend, and a good library. It is in your power to withdraw yourself whenever you desire. Perfect tranquillity within consists in the good ordering of the mind, the realm of your own.

Come and experience peace, quiet, calm and serene surrounds at Afrika Pearl Guest House in the Paarl and choose Tranquillity as your room to find inner balance.

Making time for regular intervals of tranquillity is of great value to your mind, body and soul.

“We must try to keep the mind in tranquillity. For just as the eye which constantly shifts its gaze, now turning to the right or to the left, now incessantly peering up and down, cannot see distinctly what lies before it, but the sight must be fixed firmly on the object in view if one would make his vision of it clear, so too man’s mind when distracted by his countless worldly cares cannot focus itself distinctly on the truth.”

– Basil of Caesarea also called Saint Basil the Great (Ἅγιος Βασίλειος ὁ Μέγας) (329 or 330 – 379), was the Greek bishop of Caesarea Mazaca in Cappadocia, Asia Minor (modern-day Turkey).

die patriot

spacious and dreamy

This spacious, dreamy room opens up into a well established, lush green garden, protected against the wind by wise old trees.
Die Patriot” translates to The Patriot.Patriotism: noun – the quality of being patriotic; vigorous support for one’s country.

“A highly decorated officer of unquestionable integrity and patriotism”

What is the value of patriotism in our current day and age? Patriotism once meant something more than wearing a flag pin on a hat or putting a “Bring our troops home,” magnet on the bumper of the car. “Patriots” were men who fought hard for a country they believed could be civilized, and separate, from the control of other countries. Patriotism was standing against tyranny and being true to a cause.

Patriotism is a word to describe backing up what you believe in and being proud of being a part of that something. Patriotism was in the hearts of men and never had to be forced upon an individual, it was an honour. Here at Afrika Pearl Guesthouse it is our honour to serve people of all walks of life, regardless of race, gender or religion with peace, love and integrity. Spoil yourself and experience service dished up with the same integrity a patriot stands for!

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