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Swartland, Western Cape

Farmlands of the Swartland
Farmlands of the Swartland

Once you've booked your hotel or Swartland accommodation explore our destination pages below for info on attractions, events and what to do in the Swartland.

The Swartland, otherwise known as the wheat and rooibos-producing part of the Western Cape Province, lies between Malmesbury in the south, across the Riebeek Valley to Piketberg in the north, Darling in the west, to the Oliphants Mountain at Porterville in the east.

The Swartland Region begins only 50 kilometres outside of Cape Town making it fairly accessible to visitors, and its undulating wheat fields, vineyards and deep river valleys have been the topic of many a photographer’s lens.

This incredibly beautiful, yet often overlooked, area is named for its wide fertile plains that, after the rains in winter, turn black (swart land means black land in Afrikaans). The wide, fertile plains are filled with golden wheat fields that have contributed to its status as the bread basket of the Cape. There are as many landscapes as there are seasons and the blazing wheat is interspersed with wine, fruit and olive plantations that give rise to a patchwork quilt of colour.

The Swartland
The Swartland with Table Mountain in the distance
Darling, close to Cape Town and the highlight of many visits to this region, is home to Evita se Perron, the popular theatre and signature landmark of long time resident Pieter Dirk Uys that combines a restaurant with a little cabaret theatre.

Many of the vines on the Swartland Wine Route, which are visibly sign-posted and stretch throughout the region, grow under dryland conditions in bush form, which means they are not watered, resulting in a particularly excellent quality and flavour of wine, much sought after for blending with wine from irrigated vineyards. Included within the parameters of the Swartland, Riebeek Kasteel and the Riebeek Valley have fast become a draw card for artists and those seeking alternative country-style living.

Riebeek West and Riebeek Kasteel, twin towns that lie virtually on top of one another at the foot of the Kasteelberg, are extremely popular and worth a visit.

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Destinations / Town & Suburbs of the Swartland

Darling

Where to Stay: Accommodation in Darling

The charming little village of Darling lies between vineyards and golden wheat fields only 75km from Cape Town along the West Coast road and 25km from the beach at Yzerfontein. Traditionally known for its spectacular wildflowers ... darling information

Elands Bay

Where to Stay: Swartland Accommodation

Eland’s Bay is one of those gems that have managed to elude the rush of development and city dwellers to stake their claim on a piece of the coast - this is sand and sea with little else to lure the average holiday maker ... elands bay information

Hermon

Where to Stay: Swartland Accommodation

Lying on the route between Wellington and Gouda, Hermon might be but a blip on the map but it is actually a little village that has been here since forever - families have lived here for generations. It is one of four towns that make up ... hermon information

Koringberg

Where to Stay: Accommodation in Koringberg

Koringberg may be one of the lesser known villages in the Swartland, but the Koringberg mountain biking trail is slowly putting the town on the map. This day ride, to a secret destination that rises up from the normally flat Swartland ... koringberg information

Malmesbury

Where to Stay: Accommodation in Malmesbury

The main town of the Swartland lies at the centre of one of the country's most important wheat-producing areas. Just outside town, the Swartland Wine Cellar and the Italian Cheese Factory offer delicious tastings ... malmesbury information

Moorreesburg

Where to Stay: Swartland Accommodation

Not only is Moorreesburg the heart of a strong farming community but it also has one of only three wheat museum’s in the world. This one in particular attracts tourists and it’s a bonus that the local high school has now opened ... moorreesburg information

Philadelphia

Where to Stay: Cape West Coast Accommodation

Philadelphia began, as many little towns in South Africa do, as a farm. Local farmers travelled all the way, by horse and cart, to Durbanville for Nagmaal (the Eucharist) and, as a result, a local farmer donated a portion ... philadelphia information

Piketberg

Where to Stay: Swartland Accommodation

The small, farming town of Piketberg lies at the foot of the Piketberg Mountain range, surrounded by fields of wheat that change colour with the seasons - from reddish brown to golden yellow in summer, and green in ... piketberg information

Porterville

Where to Stay: Swartland Accommodation

Porterville is a quaint town nestled on the slopes of the Olifant's River Mountains. Situated 140 kilmetres from Cape Town, Porterville is a friendly, welcoming town which is well known amongst locals as the paragliding and ... porterville information

Riebeek Kasteel

Where to Stay: Swartland Accommodation

Lying in the heart of the Riebeek Valley on the slopes of the Kasteelberg (castle mountain), Riebeek Kasteel is an easy 75 kilometre drive along the N7 from Cape Town in the heart of the Swartland. It is believed to ... riebeek kasteel information

Riebeek West

Where to Stay: Swartland Accommodation

One of two comparable towns lying in the stunning Riebeek Valley - Riebeek West and Riebeek Kasteel - with views that have had many a day tripper making rash decisions to relocate, Riebeek West might be regarded as the ... riebeek west information

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Featured and "Must See" Attractions in the Swartland

Beaverlac Nature Reserve

This little talked about gem lies just 25 kilometres outside of Porterville, roughly 2 hours from Cape Town, in the Olifants River Mountains in the Cederberg. Over 5 000 hectares of wilderness gives one the opportunity to completely unwind amidst beautiful specimens of fynbos, naturally occurring waterfalls ... more information

Berg River Region

North of the Berg River lie the little towns of Piketberg, Porterville, Wittewater, Goedverwacht, Veddrif, Aurora, Eendekuil and Redelinghuys. Known collectively as the Berg River region, the towns fall into an area that moves from the icy waters of the Atlantic in the west across ... more information

Dasklip Pass

Near the town of Porterville you will find Dasklip Pass, famous for its launching pad for experienced hang-gliders. Local paragliding championships are held here, and the pass is thus usually busy, whatever the weather, for those who are here to jump or simply those who come to watch those prepared to jump ... more information

Groot Winterhoek Wilderness Area

Groot Winterhoek Wilderness area, with its extraordinary rock formations and popular hiking routes, lies about 120 km north of Cape Town in the Western Cape. The Reserve is situated in the Groot Winterhoek mountain range, north of Tulbagh and east of Porterville. The greater Groot Winterhoek ... more information

Renosterveld Reserve

Situated in the village of Darling, the Renosterveld Reserve, which you will find at the top of the village on a hill just behind the Darling Primary School, is run by the local municipality and forms part of the Darling commanage. Donated by the local Versveld family in 1958, it is one of several pieces of land in and ... more information

Swartland Wine Route

Meaning ‘black country’ and named after the indigenous Renosterbos, which turns a dark colour at a certain time of the year, the wine route extends from Darling on the west coast down to the Oliphants Mountain at Porterville in the east and includes Malmesbury, Riebeek Valley and Piketberg in the north ... more information

Swartland Wine Estates

The Santam Swartland Wine & Olive Route is the official name of the route established in the Swartland in 1986, and describes the taste bud phenomenon of this scenic paradise. Set against the magnificent backdrop of the hills and mountains, gold-hued wheat ... more information

Swartberg Nature Reserve

The Swartberg Nature Reserve lies in the Oudtshoorn district between the Great Karoo and Little Karoo, bordered by the Gamka River in the west and the Uniondale / Willowmore road in the east. The Swartberg Reserve encompasses 121,000 heactares of mostly state-owned land. Gamkapoort ... more information

Tienie Versveld Reserve

The Tienie Versveld Reserve lies just outside Darling en route to Yzerfontein, part of a farm that was donated to the National Botanical Society of South Africa by none other than a Marthinus Versveld (known locally, obviously, as Oom Tienie). It is an incredibly pretty reserve of 20 hectares that because it ... more information

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Featured Things To Do in the Swartland

Take flight in a Microlight

Where: Malmesbury
How much (per person): R501 to R1000

A microlight is the ultimate flying experience with its open cockpit leaving it to be considered the motorbike of the sky. Your supplied gea ... more information

Evita se Perron

Where: Darling
How much (per person): R1 to R100

It is virtually a sacrilege, if anywhere in the vicinity of Darling (and why wouldn’t you visit the pretty, quaint little town with its many ... more information

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Holiday Accommodation in Swartland

For accommodation in the Swartland see:
Darling accommodationKoringberg accommodation
Malmesbury accommodationRiebeek Kasteel accommodation

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