Explore Paarl and Wellington on foot – or on paper


WITH the national lockdown easing to Level 3 in June, South Africans are once again allowed to exercise at any time of the day (between 6am and 6pm). If you are lucky enough to live in the beautiful Boland towns of Paarl and Wellington, you can take a meander along their self-guided heritage routes and rediscover the colourful histories of these towns.

If you can’t make it to Paarl or Wellington, you can still experience the graceful architecture and stunning scenery through the gorgeous drawings of local artist Corné Bekker. Born in the Free State and growing up in Pretoria, she was inspired by her art teacher and fell in love with pencil sketches. Her quixotic drawings of well-known buildings such as Cummings Hall in Wellington and the Strooidakkerk in Paarl really bring them alive.

Paarl Strooidakkerk sketch, photograph above

Colouring is a great way to keep kids busy during lockdowns and assist the development of their hand strength and pencil grip, while simultaneously boosting their creativity. Many studies have also shown the health benefits of adult colouring as a great way to destress and relax. It has even been found to lower blood pressure. Find a selection of Corné’s gorgeous sketches here or here, which can be printed and coloured. Share your works of art by tagging #visitpaarl of #visitwellingtonZA on social media.

Wellington Moederkerk

As South Africa’s third oldest town, Paarl boasts the longest main street in the country and joggers, cyclists and walkers can enjoy the fresh air while exploring one of the best preserved 19th century streets in the country. Download Paarl’s self-guided heritage trail on the website before you hit the streets to discover the magic.

Wellington became the epicentre for tradesmen in the 19th century with the opening of Bainskloof Pass, the oldest mountain pass in South Africa offering a thoroughfare to the inner regions of the country. The incredible Wellington Mother Church forms the centre of this quaint village town and the impressive surrounding architecture serves as testament to the rich cultural history of the town.

Wellington Moederkerk sketch
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