The Goat Tower


The Goat Tower at Fairview, Paarl. Photo: Taxi81 [wikipedia]

Here's one from the philosophy of give-'em-what-they-want: a tower house for goats!

Apparently this sort of thing is popular in South Africa, with the first being The Goat Tower at Fairview, Paarl, which was built in 1981 by Charles Back.


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Goats do love climbin' stuff. There's a guy in town who has goats in a pen in his front yard. There's a small pond, as well as several other things for the goats to do, but they all crowd together on a cement bench because its the highest thing to stand on.
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I have been to the Fairview winery. Among other things, they produce a wine named "Goats do Roam" (a very bad pun on Cote du Rhone) which features a drawing of the tower on the label. The tower was built to give the goats something to climb, which they do with great abandon.

The goat tower is not a particularly big deal in terms of attracting tourists...none of the local tourist literature I have seen features it. But Paarl (Afrikaans for "Pearl"), along with Franschhoek, is part of the Western Cape's Wine Country, much like California's Napa and Sonoma Valleys, and attracts considerable interest for that reason alone. South African wines are lovely, BTW.
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