Swellendam is located on the foot of the majestic Langeberg Mountain range. The Langeberg Mountain is around 250 km long and is the home of mainly Cape Fynbos and indigenous forests. Some of the highest peaks of the Langeberg Mountain is behind Swellendam. Known as the Clock Peaks that is part of the Marloth nature reserve. This nature reserve is full of the most beautiful hikes, mountain bike trails and waterfalls.
Marloth Nature Reserve has a wide range of hiking trails. 12 o’clock peak hike, which is quite long, and for the more advanced hiker, to the waterfall hike in the Duiwelsbos, where you can swim. This hikes is much shorter and you can walk this with the young ones. All routes are well marked. Start your hike from the Marloth Nature reserve main office.
In Swellendam you can start your mountain biking trail from your doorstep at Cypress Cottage guesthouse. Head East on Voortrek street it will become Swellengrabel Street. Turn left into Berg Street and continue until the road turn to gravel.
Make sure to read the permit rules so that you do not tress pass.
The Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve encompasses 250 hectares of indigenous forest in the Langeberg region, close to Heidelberg. This is perfect for a day trip and a picnic underneath one of the shady trees. In this reserve you can even find a small group of beautiful Redwood trees. Not to be missed.
Enjoy the adrenaline of rock climbing in Montagu, 70 km outside of Swellendam. You don’t have to be the world’s best climber to enjoy scaling Montagu’s rock faces. There are as many beginner-level options as there are scarily insane ones, and there are two very experienced local climbers, Justin and Riki Lawson, who can show you the ropes