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10 Best Things to do in Swellendam

Steffanie, Fidiney and Alison are available to assist you with planning your 10 best things to do in Swellendam…  Many of the activities need prior reservation, so please don’t hesitate to ask.

Remember that Swellendam is also the ideal place to rest, rejuvenate and breathe, especially after the busy-ness of Cape Town or the Garden Route.  Spend the day reading, suntanning, snacking and/or napping (in no particular order).


We are perfectly positioned for an escape into nature to horseride, hike, mountain bike or simply to reconnect with ourselves.
• The Bontebok Park
• The Marloth Nature Reserve
• De Hoop Nature Reserve


• Guided Horsetrails on Appelsbosch Farm
• Guided Horsetrails in the Hermitage Valley
• Marked Hiking and MTB trails
• Canoeing, paddling, ziplining, microlighting and barging at Umshanti at the Buffeljags Dam
• Tractor rides, paintballing & a maze at Swellendam Getaway Adventure Farm
• River rafting on the Breede River with Felix Unite
• A day trip down to De Hoop Nature Reserve for whale-watching (in season) and spectacular scenery
• A day trip down to the Southernmost Tip of Africa at Cape Agulhas
• A day trip through Zuurbraak over the Tradouws Pass to Barrydale for milkshakes at Diesel&Crème and wine tasting at Joubert-Tradauw.


• The Faerie Sanctuary
• The Bee & Honey Shop
• Berry picking in season, November and December at Wildebraam Berry Estate
Meisie Bokwana’s afterschool projects for underprivileged children
The Bontebok Park for a riverside picnic, swim, hike & animal spotting
• Tractor rides, paintballing & a maze at Swellendam Getaway Adventure Farm
Rolandale Farm Stall, plant nursery, petting zoo and coffee shop


Swellendam is an authentic, beautiful agricultural area with a treasure trove of delicious farm sourced produce.
• The Country Butcher
• Wildebraam Berry Estate
• The Bee & Honey Shop
• Sharon Fruit – Persimmons

Besides our own Conservatory Restaurant serving ethical fine dining, we’d love you to explore the town too. These are the restaurants that we recommend locally.
• Ikigai
• Tredici
• La Sosta
• Field & Fork
• The Drostdy
• Koornlands


We are fortunate to be central to both the Robertson and the Karoo Wine Routes plus we even have a couple of wine estates on our doorstep.
• Sijnn Wine Estate
• Jan Harmsgat


Swellendam is the third oldest town in South Africa after Cape Town and Stellenbosch and has beautiful old architecture and a lovely museum to admire.
• The Drostdy Museum
• The iconic Swellendam Moederkerk
• The pont at Malgas


• Our favourite whimsical illustrations by diTekenar
The Drostdy Museum Shop
• Tredici


Rain Store for stunning bath & body products
Bukkenburg Pottery Studio for exquisite ceramic ware
The Drostdy Museum Shop
• Ikigai
• Tredici


• The Drostdy Museum
• Meisie Bokwana’s afterschool projects


Divine breakfast, superb afternoon tea and a day next to the pool or in front of a toasty fireplace depending on the season.

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