Swellendam


Two Feathers Horse Trails
Canter your way through the beautiful Langeberg Mountain range. Whether you’re a modern day cowboy or a city slicker, Two Feathers Horse Trails cater for all levels of riders. For accomplished riders full day rides are available with riverside forest picnics.

The Drostdy Museum
The Drostdy Museum was built in 1747 to serve as a residence and headquarters for the Landdrost (magistrate), and it was regarded as the most important building of its time. The museum is spread out between several historic buildings, including the Gaol  the Ambagswerf, Mayville and Zanddrift. These days the museum, which has maintained its original façade from 1844, houses a fine collection of late 18th and early 19th century furniture. The collection of buildings is of great architectural value, and the surrounding traditional Cape gardens add a lovely aesthetic. The gaol was built shortly after the Drostdy, and served as a jail for local offenders. Judicial procedures in those days were very primitive, and slaves were frequently tortured. Today the building serves as a coffee shop and art gallery, where you can enjoy fresh ‘moer’ coffee, roosterkoek and traditional breads.


Sulina’s Faerie Sanctuary
I do believe in faeries, I do believe in faeries…the famous words of eternal kindred spirit, Peter Pan, rings true at Sulina’s Faerie Sanctuary. Situated in the town centre of Swellendam, you will feel like a kid again in this mystical throwback to Neverland throwback. Thousands of faeries peep playfully from  flower petals and tiny crevices, and children will love the freedom of roaming through the garden while trying to spot a magical friend. Just remember to keep very quiet, and to not take any photographs, as you may scare the winged little creatures away. Afterwards, you can sit down for a relaxing cup of tea, or browse through the shop for a souvenir.

Swellendam Golf Course
With views overlooking the surrounding farms and Hermitage Village, Swellendam Golf Course is arguably one of the most picturesque golf courses in our country. Situated at the foot of the Langeberg, the nine-hole, 72-par golf course offers visitors the chance to practise their swing in the company of a breathtaking vista. Replenish yourself after a long day at the ‘office’ with a drink at the bar, or order something to eat from the Chilli Dipper menu.

Kunste Huijs
This quaint art gallery is an art-lover’s utopia.. Set in an old-world type building surrounded by beautiful gardens, the gallery is the first of its kind in Swellendam, and it features pieces from over 60 South African artists. The gallery strives to increase awareness about the importance of art, and looks to boost interest and appreciation of our local talent and artists.
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Bontebok National Park
The Bontebok National Park, initially created as a conservation effort geared toward preserving – you guessed it – Bontebok, is a reserve that boasts flora and fauna-filled hiking trails, a variety of wildlife (such as Bontebok, Cape Mountain Zebra and Stanley’s Bustard) and prime fishing opportunities. There are three nature trails which start and end in the rest camp for overnight guests, and the pump house trail is a fantastic alternative for day visitors. Bontebok National Park also caters for biking enthusiasts, including regular- and mountain bike. The hiking trails are open for both day and night visitors, and consist of the Acacia Walk, the Aloe Walk, and the Bushbuck Trail.

Lavender picking
Lavender usually conjures up images of little old ladies and memories of yesteryear. The lavender farm in Swellendam, however, produces invigorating essential oils and lavender products, such as pot-pourrie, creams, spritzers and soaps, that are just as apt for modern-day use as they were for a bygone era. Visitors can pick their own lavender, while getting a free aromatherapy session from nature.

Marloth Nature Reserve
Just minutes from Swellendam, the wonderfully peaceful Marloth Nature Reserve boasts magical walks to waterfalls, indigenous forest and even allows you to go to the top of the majestic Langeberg Mountains which tower over Swellendam.


Berry Picking at The Berry Farm

The Berry Farm grow youngberries, blackberries and blueberries and during harvest time you can go the the Berry Farm and pick your own!


Bukkenburg Pottery Studio

Bukkenburg Pottery Studio is a beautiful studio and workshop spread over a gorgeous Victorian house, cow shed and barn with stunning surroundings. There is a large variety of pottery available


Liqour Tasting At Wildebraam Berry Estate

The beautiful berry estate is exquisitely scenic and is an absolute delight to visit. Come berry picking through the months of November and December or liquor tasting at our private cellars.


Rain Forest Day Spa

Our own South African Fair Trade body and bath product brand RAIN, has launched their very first Spa with Soul Concept in the historic picturesque town of Swellendam.



Star-gazing in Swellendam

Swellendam Stargazers was born after a group of enthusiastic astronomers decided to share their passion (and telescopes) with the general public! A 40 to 60 minute presentation is given.


Swellendam Hiking Trail

The Swellendam Hiking Trail, situated in the Langeberg, starts at the forestry station, 3km outside of the Swellendam town, and is of the few trails that many hikers are yet to conquer.


Teatro @ 10 on Main
A beautiful little cabaret theatre nestled alongside the foot of the Langeberg Mountains in the picturesque historic town of Swellendam.