Two priorities on the itinerary of most overseas tourists to South Africa are to view the wildlife and to visit the picturesque winelands of the Cape.
Both of these aspects are captured in the luxurious country hotel, Auberge de Courtrai Guesthouse, situated in the historic Paarl, which is a 35 minute drive from Cape Town.
Many years ago wild animals roamed in the same Berg River valley, which is now home to South Africa’s top vineyards.
Auberge de Courtrai is a modern, luxurious country hotel which combines the Africa theme in an elegant, stylish manner with decor in earthy colours and focusing on the animal kingdom.
Here the discerning visitor can stay in the cheetah, leopard, elephant, lion, zebra, monkey, impala or giraffe bedroom, all en suite, while enjoying traditional South African hospitality which includes the following features:
* Eight spacious bedrooms en suite, with television, air-conditioner and heater, mini-bar and telephone
* Scrumptious South African breakfast included
* Dinner on request-spacious dining room with crackling log fire during winter can provide 40 guests with Cape cuisine at its best.
* Conference facilities for up to 14 people
* Faxing and Internet facilities
* Courtesy bus available for sightseeing tours and transport from and to the airport or Cape Town
* Sparkling swimming pool
* Patio, with barbeque facilities and spectacular view of Du Toitskloof
Auberge de Courtrai is proud to form part of the historic town of Paarl. In 1657, only five years after Jan van Riebeeck established a settlement in the Cape, an expedition under the leadership of a certain Abraham Gabbema, went to investigate the economic possibilities of the wild inland and to look for the legendary treasures of Monomotapa.
With the chance of finding the treasures, one can imagine, that jewels must have been in his thoughts for most of the time. No wonder then that he named the area after the huge granite rocks, (which, as a result of rain during the night, glistened like pearls in the early morning sunlight) Peerlbergh (Pearl Mountain).
And to this day, when there is moist in the air, residents and visitors alike, are intrigued by the rocks pearly glow.
The town Paarl, is a blend of tradition and innovation and offers the following attractions:
* A choice of 20 cellars on the wine route
* Fine examples of early South African architecture
* The Afrikaans Language Monument
* Bird watching - 136 species at the Paarl Bird Sanctuary
* Top restaurants, scenic hikes, trout fishing, and many more!
From Cape Town International Airport to Auberge de Courtrai:
Exit Airport and pass ‘Borcherds Quarry’ Off-ramp and turn to your left on N2 - direction Somerset West.
Continue on N2 and go to your left onto R300;
Stay on R300 as it takes you spontaneously into the N1 which leads to Paarl.
Take first Paarl turn-off and then you are in the Main Road.
Turn left at the very first road you get, the first road into Paarl (at a water-mill)
At a t-junction turn right.
Continue uphill, cross over a stop-street and then at our road-sign you turn to you right into Richelieu Street.
The second street to your right is Dumont Street and Auberge de Courtrai.
Auberge de Courtrai is also available on the navigation system of motor vehicles.
Your trip from the Airport will take you approximately 30 minutes.