Stop by scintillating Swellendam

One of the shining stars of the Overberg region and sprawled along the base of the Langeberg Mountains, Swellendam has long been used as a pit stop to and from Cape Town. Today, this bustling town serves as a charming getaway as well as a meeting place for creatives and nature-lovers alike.

As South Africa’s third-oldest town, Swellendam naturally has a number of sites of historical interest - such as the Drostdy and Mayville Museums, and Old Gaolyard - dotted along its streets. With its white walls and towering spire, the town’s Dutch Reformed Church is said to be one of the most photographed churches in the South Africa. A visit to the Bukkenburg Pottery Studio, Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery, and Village Market are delightful ways to pass the time in this artistic hub while an array of restaurants will satiate any appetite.

Rest and relaxation come with the territory in this part of the Cape as the area is rich in charming Cape-Dutch-style B&Bs, guesthouses and hotels. The Marloth Nature Reserve and Bontebok National Park are close by, offering a number of Hiking, horse-riding, mountain-biking, and nature trails. The Sanbona Wildlife Reserve and its luxurious accommodation offer the closest safari experience in the Cape.

Highlights

  • Halfway between Cape Town and George, making it a perfect stop along the way for travellers heading to the Garden Route
  • Oozing small-town charm and packed with historical importance, natural attractions, and artistic delight found in its museums, outdoor attractions, and art galleries 
  • Swellendam is the third-oldest town in South Africa
  • Hiking trails in the area can be completed in a morning or run over a few days for the truly adventurous

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