SWELLENDAM – a unique small rural town

Located in the Western Cape region of South Africa about 220 km east of Cape Town, about halfway between Cape Town and the Garden Route on the N2 National Road, one will find Swellendam an attractive small town.

There is much to see and do, places of interest and places for ‘getting away from it all’. From the significant Marloth Nature Reserve and Bontebok National Park, the Langeberg Mountains and their hiking and horse trails, fishing and boating on the Breede River, Buffeljagts Dam, and the nearby Southern Cape coast, to the historic old buildings and Drostdy Museum Complex.

Ancient oak trees line the streets in the older parts of town. Great accommodation and restaurants to suit all budgets, and not forgetting Swelllendam’s popular Fairy Sanctuary, galleries, interesting and unusual people, and other ‘Secrets of Swellendam’.

For full listings of accommodation facilities and information about activities and places of interest in and around Swellendam, Swellendam TV and ‘things to do and see’, there is a link to Swellendam Tourism on our Links Page.

Also on our links page a small selection of local accommodation venues and some restaurants.

Google Map of Swellendam:

Here are some pictures of life in Swellendam – scenery & landscape, buildings, people and activities which will change from time to time …

12-oclock peak from the garden

swellendam sunset

swellendam & the overberg from top of 12 oclock peak
12o’clock  peak from the garden. Swellendam sunset. Overberg from top of 12o’clock peak.
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Late afternoon looking west. Dam 2. Dam 1.

Below are pictures from an earlier Swellendam Alive Festival, one of several annual events held over a period of a few years some time back. Lest we forget the urgency and value of integrated local development and community interaction. The potential is clear and the benefits immeasurable!

Drum majorettes and marching bands. Festival parade. Festival parade with school children.
Festival parade. Opening Exhibition at the  Drostdy Museum. Festival Queen and parade heading.
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Township shop. Clivia in bloom. Township Church Choir.
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Canola fields near Swellendam. Old wagons in store. Field of sunflowers near Swellendam.

Treat everyone with politeness; even those who are rude to you, not because they are not nice, but because you are nice …

“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself” Andy Warhol

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