Sterrekykpiekniek Taalmonument 2017 2018

Fall silent under the Cosmic Chatter at the iconic Language Monument

Let the stars do the talking for once by simply staring in silence at the countless suns from the Afrikaans Language Monument on Paarl Mountain. That’s why the friendly staff invite one and all to enjoy a festive stargazing picnic, the last of this summer season, in a beautiful setting on Saturday, 10 March 2018. Guests can explore the starry sky thanks to members of the Orion Observation Group (OOG) who love to share their knowledge and telescopes. In addition, a beautiful sunset and a free guided tour of the iconic sculpture are included, and the evening will be in aid of a literacy project.

These picnics are popular with local residents and overseas visitors, who especially enjoy the beautiful night views of the valley, mountains and Cape Peninsula. The theme is ‘Cosmic Chatter’ and the picnic starts at 18:00. The guided tour of the monument is at 18:30 and visitors can watch the stars from 20:00 to 22:30 with the aid of the telescopes. Visitors are welcome to bring their own picnic baskets or order one (at R300 for two persons, or R400 with a basket included) at Volksmond Coffee Shop (021 863 2800). The recently enlarged and improved Volksmond will also be open for coffee and light refreshments. Safe parking is available and entry is controlled. Please remember binoculars and warm clothes.

The picnic series is in aid of ‘Let’s Read!’, the Language Museum’s reading project for children. Picnic-goers are encouraged to bring a new or second-hand children’s book to support this project.

The entrance fee is R40 per adult and R10 per child; tickets are available at Computicket or the gate, but booking (021 863 0543/4809) is essential so that enough telescopes can be catered for. Stargazing picnics will unfortunately be cancelled due to bad weather. Call 073 853 3100 or 083 544 6510 for weather inquiries. For more information regarding events, concerts and courses at the Language Monument, call 021 863 0543/4809, visit or follow us on Facebook.

The Afrikaans Language Monument: culture, nature and pleasure. And playing an uplifting role in the community sphere.