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Culture, Nature, Pleasure

The Afrikaans Language Monument (Taalmonument) is situated on Paarl Mountain in the Paarl Mountain Reserve. To learn more about the history of Afrikaans, this would be the right place to visit. The roots of the Afrikaans language can be traced back to three continents, namely Europe, Asia and Africa. It was to give recognition to these diverse origins of the language, that the architect, Jan van Wijk, designed the Taalmonument.

Visitor Centre

The centre houses an exhibition area, a book shop, offices and a conference room.

Conference Room

Our conference room is available for meetings, workshops, lectures and training sessions and is suitable for a maximum of 30 to 50 people.


  • Dangerous animals, including snakes, spiders and scorpions, are found on the grounds of the Taalmonument.
  • No fires are allowed.
  • Only guide dogs are allowed.
  • No commercial or portfolio photography or filming are allowed without prior permission and a permit.
  • Picnics: groups of 20 persons or more must pre-book.
  • Children’s parties: bookings essential; no jumping castles, etc.
  • Visitors may not:
    • Smoke on the lawns or in no smoking areas.
    • Drop any cigarette butts.
    • Damage or remove any plants, flowers, seeds or trees.
    • Bother, injure, feed, touch, catch or remove any animals.
    • Play a radio or musical instrument, or make a noise.
    • Climb on the monument or on the roof of any building, or into any trees.
    • Swim in the fountain.
    • Litter. Put rubbish in the bins provided or remove it from the grounds yourself.
    • Discharge any fireworks.


  • We are closed on Christmas & New Years Day.
  • April to October : 08h00 - 17h00
  • Nov to March     : 08h00 - 20h00
  • There is an admission fee, please confirm by phone. Visit both the museum and the monument and get a discount at the second visiting point. 
  • The Visitor Centre and Coffee Shop closes at 16h45

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