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What to do and see in Swellendam
As previously mentioned, Swellendam is no longer regarded as a mere stop over between Cape Town and all that follows. We have numerous attractions and activities to keep guests occupied.
1. Drostdy Museum:
The Drostdy was built by the Dutch East Indian Company in 1747. Now a major museum complex comprised of the original Drostdy building, the Old Goal, the Ambagswerf (trade’s yard), Mayville House and Zanddrif.
(African Shades is located right across from Mayville House).
2. Marloth Nature Reserve:
Marloth Nature reserve lies in the majestic Langeberg Mountains.
The vegetation is predominantly mountains fynbos with patches of afro-montane forest. Marloth supports numerous animal species. Mammals include common duiker, baboon, leopard, caracal and porcupine. The Area is also rich in birdlife with 144 species having been recorded.Various hikes ranging from 2 hours to 6 hours can be enjoyed on the reserve.
3. Bontebok National Park:
The park is proud to promote its achievements in biodiversity conservation, from the endangered fynbos veld type, coastal Renosterveld, to the namesake bontebok. Onse these colourful antelope numbered a mere 17, and through effective management we are proud to affirm that the present population amount to around 3000. The park offers much more for nature lovers, from a diversity of indigenous animal life to over 200 remarkable bird species.
4. Robertson Wine Valley:
Nestled between the Langeberg and Riviersonderend mountain ranges, our wine route offers a landscape of roads fringed by flowers and trees, majestic mountains and a river running along the valley. Located on the popular R62 and only 20 mins from Swellendam, this is an attraction not to be missed.
5. Wildebraam Liqeurs:
Situated on a youngberry farm in the Hermitage Valley, Swellendam, Wildebraam produces unique SA liqueurs and home ground berry products. Visitors are made to feel welcome in their friemdly and relaxed tasting room which has a fabulous vista of pastures, berry fields and the majestic Langeberg Mountains.
Berry picking: November – December.
6. Two Feathers Horse Trail:
Offering scenic rides through forests, across rivers and along the foothills of the Langeberg Mountain Range. All levels of riders are welcome. Walk or Canter, breath taking or heart stopping. It is up to you.
7. Swellendam Golf Course:
The 9 hole, par 72 golf course is unique in its beautiful setting- nestling at the foot of the majestic Langeberg Mountains, with views overlooking the town, surrounding farms and the Hermitage Valley. Open to the public 7 days a week.