Things to do in Swellendam -
the perfect stop over on your way to the Garden Route
Swellendam, the third oldest magisterial district in South Africa, is a charming town with a fascinating history. Strategically located on the very cross roads between the Small Karoo with its Route 62, the Overberg region and the Garden Route, Swellendam has much to offer visitors interested in heritage, culture, architecture, wildlife and outdoor adventure. It is also an ideal base from which to explore the neighbouring Southern Cape with Cape L’Agulhas the most southern tip of the mainland of Africa, and the Breede River Valley with its fantastic Wine Estates.
Visitors to Cypress Cottage are within walking distance from many of the old buildings that have been declared National Monuments. The most interesting being the Dutch Reformed Church (‘Moederkerk’) with its eclectic architectural features and the famous (VOC) Drostdy Museum Complex (1747) consisting of several historical buildings, a restaurant and gift shop. Guests are also welcome at the Pottery studios of Bukkenburg and the Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery. Swellendam is also home to the Wildebraam Youngberry estate with its Liqueur tasting facility and deli.
For peace of mind we recommend:Swellendam Maxicab Service (Taxi–cab transportation service in and around Swellendam) Tel: 072 182 3523.
Wildlife and outdoor adventures
Nearby Bontebok National Park and Nature Reserves.
Drostdy Museum Complex
Historical buildings, a restaurant and gift shop.
Whale Watching Hikes
De Hoop/Potberg Nature Reserve has seven distinct eco-system and is an excellent spot from which to view the Southern Right whales with their calves from June to November.
Canoeing and river rafting
On the nearby Breede River ...
and an excellent 9-hole golf course.
Swellendam offers horse trails and mountain biking in the forests.
Wildlife and outdoor (hiking) adventurers are invited to visit the nearby Bontebok National Park - 5 km from Swellendam. It provides sanctuary for herds of Bontebok antelope, as well as other small buck species and Mountain Zebra. A total of 126 different bird species have also been identified here. The Marloth Nature Reserve (Langeberg Mountains) is a botanist’s dream with an abundance of wild flowers and Cape fynbos. Hiking trails have been established. De Hoop/Potberg Nature Reserve has seven distinct eco-system and is an excellent spot from which to view the Southern Right whales with their calves from June to November.
For the sports lover, there is the usual sporting facilities like tennis courts, a squash court and bowling greens. In addition Swellendam offers horse trails (Two Feathers Horse Trails) and mountain biking in the forests, canoeing and river rafting (Felix Unite) on the Breede River, various water activities on the Buffeljags Dam as well as sunset cruises on either the dam or the river, including an excellent 9-hole golf course.