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High up on the list of most attractive towns in the Cape Province, Swellendam lies in the shadows of the resplendent Langeberg Mountains and alongside the Cape’s largest water source, the Breede River.

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Swellendam Reviews

4.4 out of 5

Andrew Connold

Relaxed and safe atmosphere. Lots of places and museums of historical interest. Good restaurants and convenient grocery/food shopping. Friendly peo...

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Chris-Elle Wedding & Self Catering

Caravan Park in Swellendam

The free-standing cottage with a double bed, and sleeper couch that is open-plan to the kitchen area. There are 2 sin...

Swimming Pool
Parking on Premises
Full Kitchen
Braai Area
Conference Facility
Internet access

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Swellendam Reviews

Andrew Connold
07 January 2019

Relaxed and safe atmosphere. Lots of places and museums of historical interest. Good restaurants and convenient grocery/food shopping. Friendly people. Well located as a base to explore the Southern Cape.

Fabulous. 4 out of 5
Ayesha Abrahams
14 October 2018

Kind hearted and down to earth natured people.

Superb. 5 out of 5
Jaco Badenhorst
05 September 2018

Historic town with lots of activities and very clean. Also one of the safest in Western Cape.

Superb. 5 out of 5
Desiree du Plessis
03 September 2018

The beautiful nature and visiting some of the historic buildings.

Fabulous. 4 out of 5
Saskia Valente
15 August 2018

The nature reserve.

Fabulous. 4 out of 5

More info about Swellendam

High up on the list of most attractive towns in the Cape Province, Swellendam lies in the shadows of the resplendent Langeberg Mountains and alongside the Cape’s largest water source, the Breede River.

The town is the third oldest in South Africa and at one brief stage in its history was an independent republic until the British colonised the country and dismantled the feeble structure.

Swellendam was established in 1740 and named in honour of the Dutch East India Governor Hendrik Swellengrebel and his wife, Helena ten Damme. The town was the administrative centre and magisterial district for the entire region, a thriving settlement until a fire and devastating drought led to its demise. However, Swellendam remains an important wool producing area and an enjoyable stopover for travellers on their way to the Garden Route.

There are over 50 buildings with national heritage classification, many of which are designed in Cape Dutch style. And the monolithic Dutch Reformed church dominates the skyline.

 

Top 6 reasons to visit Swellendam

1. Your first stop should be the Drostdy Museum, a series of buildings showcasing a typical 18th century farm scene with old craftsmen tools on display and an old gaol, now used as a restaurant.

2. Hikers will enjoy the hiking trails laid out in the Marloth Game Reserve. The routes pass rock pools, a waterfall and an ancient forest. The two peaks called 10 o’clock and 12 o’clock are both over 1km in height, enough to see the ocean 80km away!

3. Youngberries are grown in Swellendam. Visit the tasting room at Wildebraam Berry Estate to try the various berry liqueurs and pick up a bag of fresh berries. Youngberry picking takes place at the end of the year and the public are invited to pick their own and pay by the kilogram.

4. The Breede River is a fishing hotspot, expect to catch carp, bass and catfish. This vast river runs for 322km, plenty of space to find a quiet, shady tree.

5. The Continent of Sulina, billed a fairy (faerie?) sanctuary, is filled with all sorts of magical characters, from trolls to gnomes, and spread throughout their gardens. The facility has a meditation centre. Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

6. Swellendam boasts a number of fabulous eateries located in lovely settings; some alongside a stream, and others in historic homes. Most offer breakfasts and light lunches to cater for the passing traveller.

 

Transport

Swellendam is precisely equidistant from two airports, Cape Town International and the domestic George Airport, both located 105km away. Several car rental agencies are based in Swellendam and at the airports to hire a vehicle, or you could order a rental online. There are a number of metered taxi companies in the town. Shuttle service operators transport visitors between the airports and Garden Route towns.

 

Did you know?

Swellendam residents will tell you that they can tell the time based on where the shadows fall from the Langeberg mountain peaks high above the town.

The nearby Bontebok National Park was established in 1931 to conserve the Bontebok antelope after it was found that only 17 existed throughout the Cape. The buck has since recovered and there are now over 200 in the park.

About Caravan Parks

One of the most intimate ways of staying a night or more in the open, Caravan Parks are for guests willing to get closer to nature. There are also often a host of activities from canoes, fishing and hiking trails depending on the destination.If you have your very own caravan, this makes it the perfect choice for your trip as you will be able to make the most out of your budget. This form of accommodation is ideal for those on a budget, couples, small groups of friends and families.