Swellendam Travel Guide

  • Swellendam
    by MarioPortugal
  • Swellendam
    by MarioPortugal
  • Swellendam
    by MarioPortugal

Swellendam Things to Do

  • Game spotting

    A short drive out of Swellendam leads you to Bontebok National Park. It's a rather small park, that is dedicated to saving the bontebok, a kind of antelope.You need your own transport to get there and you drive your own car through the park. At the entrance you receive a simple map, that shows you around the park. Expect the full circle to take...

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  • Ostrich spotting

    Sept 2010 a lot of roadworks were happening on the N2 on either side of Swellendam, but fortunately the ostriches were there to keep you entertained whilst in stationery mode.

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  • Liquor tasting at Wildebraam

    What a delightful experience. I was told about this place by my sister after a recent visit there and decided to go and try it myself. I loved their liquors especially the nut one. The chocolate and chilli on is good for cooking, or over icecream. I found it a bit rough on the tastebuds just drinking it neat.

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  • Wildlife along N2

    They were busy working on the N2 so you had some 10 - 20 minute stops along the way but what made it very nice was the ostriches next to the road that came to say helo to us.

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  • Wildebraam liquor's

    I think that every visitor to Swellendam should visit this place and taste their liquor's. Some really nice stuff that they have here. We bought some nut liquor and the chock & chilli one.

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  • Wildebraam Liqueurs

    Swellendam is the largest Youngberry growing area in the country and a farm just 3km out of town may be visited for liqueur tasting. Other Youngberry products are also sold here.They have a range of delicious liqueurs including Youngberry, Honey, Aniseed, Rooibos, Peppermint, Lemon and Hazelnut. In addition , the farm kitchen produces tempting...

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  • Hiking Trails

    Hiking trails on the Langeberg Mountains with their high peaks and fyn-bos covered slopes where cold mountain streams feed indigenous forests. There are beautiful views to enjoy, pools to swim in and waterfalls to admire. All trails are in the Marloth Nature Reserve and a permit, available at the office, is required. Booking is essential for the...

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  • Two feathers horse trails

    Depending on the rider's level of experience (which may be none at all) and what sort of ride you have in mind, a suitable horse is chosen. Riders are guided through the local forestry roads at the foot of the mountains. The charge is per hour

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  • Fairy Sanctuary

    This place is bizarre, yet strangely interesting. This is a house and garden area that has been decorated with hundreds... maybe thousands of fairies. The girls really enjoyed it. The men, found it odd, but interesting. It doesn't take too long to walk through and its a good place to pick up a fairy fairy figurine or doll for a niece/daughter in...

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  • Dutch Reformed 'Moederkerk'

    Swellendam has many old building, some of which date from the 18th century, but many more were built during the town's boom years in the mid-19th century. There are also several interesting buildings dating from the beginning of the 20th century, the most noteworthy being the Dutch Reformed 'Moederkerk' with its eclectic architectural features,...

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  • Drostdy Museum Complex

    Swellendam is the third oldest town in South Africa (after Cape Town and Stellenbosch) and the Drostdy was built as the seat of the Landdrost (magistrate) in 1747. Known as one of the best in the country, the museum comprises a collection of buildings with characteristic Cape Dutch architecture, period furniture, beautiful gardens, an ambagswerf...

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  • Sulina Fairy Sanctuary

    This is my favorite spot in our country. I saw it when they opened their doors approx 12 years ago, and it has just grown from strength to strength. It is a majical place that the Sulin's created for us to escape the "world"This local attraction draws people from all over the country. Its not just a pottery - it's a Faerie Sanctuary! Faeries of...

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Swellendam Hotels

Swellendam Restaurants

  • Old Goal

    An old jail that today serves as a restaurant. You have the choise of sitting either inside or outside. Local traditional South African food is served here and on the day that we were there, they had some venison pie with vegetables which was absolutely fantastic.

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  • Old Goal

    For really lekka food, you must visit this place. The food is like my ma used to cook it. The smells from the kitchen is absolutely devine. Venison pie with veg

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  • The best Steak in town !!

    For steak in Swellendam, go to Mattsen's restaurant. Steaks & Grills are priced from R93 to R140.Pizza, Pasta, Chicken, Seafood and Burgers also available.Specialities priced R100-R154

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  • Fantastic food and service in an...

    We never intended to stay (or eat) in Swellendam. But, as it was getting dark, we decided to pull off the N2 and find a hotel. Luckily, we chose to stay at the Cypress Cottage - lucky, because it was a nice little B&B, but even moreso, because it was next door to the Koornlands Restaurant. What a treat this restaurant was... absolutely delicious...

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  • Best Restaurant in Town?

    When I was doing my research on the trip, I kept coming across this restaurant listing. So when we arrived at our B&B I was hoping to get at this restaurant. Unfortunately, they were full when we called. Oh well- next time. Here is what I read: Mention Swellendam, and one of Roosje's apostles are bound to inform you about their last pilgrimage to...

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  • A Truly Magical Dining Experience

    We arrived at our B&B late in the evening and had to immediately think about where to eat dinner. Our hostess recommended a place that has a set 3-course menu but which has limited seating. She called and got us a reservation at the Klippe Rivier Country House. We were not sure what we were getting into as we drove off of the main road onto a...

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Swellendam Warnings and Dangers

  • by okkieo Written Feb 18, 2010

    The prices of restaurants in Swellendam is much more absorbant than any restaurants in S.A.'s mayor cities and larger towns and force people to avoid them after dining there the first time. A rather nice restaurant is Mattsen's but at R140 for a T-bone steak??? Or maybe I am only spoiled with a bigger variety and competition at more reasonable prices from my own home town (Paarl/Wellington).

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Swellendam Off The Beaten Path

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    by carteki Written May 3, 2006

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    Sitting in the middle of Swellendam is a little faerie hideaway. The garden is overgrown with faeries going about their lives under the foliage. There are faeries of various shapes, sizes, colors and styles displayed in four rooms. Possibly my most memorable experience are the "smile", "laugh" and other "happy thoughts" tiles that jump out from the crazy paving as you walk past. There are faeries to take home to remember this tranquil garden...
    Open every day except Mondays from 9 - 5. Open 7 days a week during school holidays.

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