Guesthouse B&B in Swellendam, South Africa


All about the shades

African Shades is a beautiful B&B located in the picturesque town of Swellendam, one of South Africa’s best kept secrets. The B&B and Restaurant has recently acquired new owners and is now managed by an outgoing and friendly family. In an attempt to honour our town’s lovely and leafy surroundings the five rooms and family cottage were renovated to reflect a “pretty but practical” atmosphere. In addition to a lushes garden, private poolside lounge area and breath-taking scenery, the B&B is walking distance from numerous historic buildings, restaurants and gift shops.

Still need convincing?

As the third oldest town in South Africa, historic Swelledam is being discovered as a destination and not just a stopover. Situated at the foot of the Langeberg Mountains with the Dostdy Museum, nature reserves, berry farms and National Parks, Swellendam is an attraction of its own. African Shades is also, most conveniently, located exactly between Cape Town and the Garden Route, making it the perfect resting place for tourists and travellers moving along the N2.


Well, one should not believe everything one reads. Come visit African Shades and experience the B&B and town for yourself
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The Guestbook: "but what are the guests saying?"

My stay at African Shades was fantastic. Upon arrival I was happily greeted and felt very welcome there. The accommodation was modern and comfortable and the breakfast in the morning was delicious. I recommend this B&B to anyone looking to stay in the Swellendam area!


We enjoyed our stay in the African Shades. The room was clean and comfortable, the pool area was nice to relax and to cool down. Restaurants nearby with fantastic food. Friendly staff. Great breakfast!


It is a beautiful, cozy and clean B&B. Rooms are really nice, beds very comfy, definitely good sleep. You get tea, coffee in the room. There’s a little fridge and a fan. Little touches to the property make it a great place to stay. Swellendam as such makes a fantastic stop on the way to Garden Route. Really recommended. Breakfast was good, with cereal, toast, eggs with bacon etc. 200m away is a fantastic restaurant (recommended by the owner).


We stayed for 1 Night. What a Pleasant Experience. The Room was Clean and in perfect Condition. Staff were friendly and Helpful. Breakfast was Tops. Highly Recommended. Will Definitely Recommend to friends.


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