The iconic Afrikaans Language Museum and Monument (ATM) is the must-see local attraction where one of Africa’s youngest languages, Afrikaans (meaning African), is honoured and revitalised. The beautiful Taalmonument complementing the Paarl Mountain is surrounded by 101 hectares of safe hiking trails, indigenous gardens and playgrounds as well as an open-air gallery and bistro. Audio guides in 6 languages and a visitor’s centre explain the rich symbolism of the structure and how the ATM positions itself as a place of celebration of not only Afrikaans’s diversity but also of the amazing diversity of African languages. Picnics, concerts and sporting events are held during the summer, while the focus during winter is on children’s education and workshops for adults. To further enhance your experience, journey through the origins and current expressions of Afrikaans at the Taalmuseum in Paarl itself. Kom kuier gerus! Wamkelekile!

Monument open daily, except on 25 December and 1 January:
April to September 8am – 5pm (last entry at 16:15) & October to March 8am – 8pm (last entry at 19:15). Museum open on weekdays, excluding public holidays: 8:30am – 4,45pm.