Swellendam is the 3rd oldest town in South Africa, after Cape Town and Stellenbosch and is accordingly steeped in history. It is conveniently situated at the start of the Garden Route, and looks up into the majestic Langeberg mountains. It is famous for its architecture and history and places of interest, from museums, to one of the most photographed churches in South Africa. It is the largest producer of youngberries in South Africa and in season one can visit the Berry Farm and pick berries, plus sample and buy their delicious fruit-based liqueurs, jams and fruit. The Langeberg mountains beckon travellers of all levels of fitness.
You can take a two hour walk to a waterfall, or do a five-day hike along the mountain range. Our town is home to many mountain bike and cultural events and festivals. It really is worthwhile to spend a few days here, as it is the perfect “base” from which to explore and savour the many delights that make up the Overberg region of the Western Cape. Swellendam is a special place and a must-see. We are not a one night stop over though, but a destination in itself. Here are few of the many places to visit, in and out of Swellendam:
Cape L’AghulasBukkenberg Pottery Studio