About Marula Lodge
Marula Lodge is a modern-African styled Guesthouse with a friendly atmosphere, situated in the picturesque town of Swellendam. The Guesthouse is within walking distance of various fine restaurants offering a wide variety of cuisine. Amenities and a variety of shops are also within walking distance.
We offer comfortable accommodation, a sparkling swimming pool with stunning mountain views and serve a sumptuous breakfast on the garden terrace. Stay a while - you may not be able to take in all that Swellendam and its beautiful surrounding areas can offer in merely one day. The area offers many activities and excursions such as beautiful mountain trails, horse riding, whale watching, wine tasting and many more. It can be used as the central point to visit surrounding areas, each one unique in its own right.
We will gladly help you organise your tour or you are more than welcome to join us on one of our organised day trips which may include wine tasting, riverside picnics, boat trips, river crossing by hand drawn ferry or a trip to a natural cave at the sea.
Marula Classic (1 Room):
Comfortable stylish lovingly decorated room with big en-suite bathroom (Twin beds available).
Marula Standard (2 Rooms):
Comfortable stylish decorated rooms with en-suite bathroom. Entrance to the garden and pool area (Queen size bed).
Marula Garden (3 Rooms):
Quiet double rooms with en-suite bathroom situated at the back of the house with stunning views, overlooking the big garden and the pool area. The rooms have an own patio and direct access to the garden and pool area (King size bed or twin beds available).
Marula Family (1 Room):
Large family room with one double bed and two single beds, en-suite bathroom and separate entrance to the pool and garden area.
In all rooms: Fan, hairdryer, safe, tea and coffee, towels, no smoking.
TV and DVD are available in the lounge.
Wireless Internet available
Off street parking in the shade of the huge bay tree
History of Swellendam
Early travellers and explorers who visited the Cape in the 1500`s traded with the Khoikhoi people who lived on these shores. When the Dutch East India Company established a replenishment station at the Cape in 1652, trade continued inland as far as Swellendam. In 1743 Swellendam was declared a magisterial district, the third oldest in South Africa, and was named after Governor Hendrik Swellengrebel and his wife Helena Ten Damme.
This outlying settlement soon became a gateway to the interior, and was visited by many famous explorers and travellers. In time, a village was established opposite the Drotsdy, where artisans including numerous wainwrights and traders settled. To travellers and explorers, the services of the village folk were indispensable, as Swellendam was the last outpost of civilization on the eastern frontier.
By 1795 maladministration and inadequacies of the Dutch East India Company caused the long-suffering burghers of Swellendam to revolt, and in 1795 they declared themselves a Republic, but this was short-lived due to the occupation of the Cape by the British. With the arrival of British settlers in the early 1800`s the Overberg boomed, and its capital Swellendam was soon the heart of the famous mercantile empire of Barry and Nephews, created by Joseph Barry By the middle of the 19th century, the eastern destrict had been colonized by the British settlers and Swellendam was a thriving metropolis. The town served as a useful refreshment station on the long, slow journey up the coast.