Attractions IN Swellendam

National Parks

Bontebok National Park

Sheltered by the Langeberg Mountains and bordered to the south by the Breede River, the Bontebok National Park provides a refuge for not only bontebok, but also for other species such as the Cape mountain zebra, red hartebeest and grey rhebok. The park is ...

Nature Reserves

Boosmansbos Wilderness Area

Boosmansbos Wilderness Area lies in the beautiful Langeberg Mountains, over 14 000 hectares that is, in turn, part of the Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve. It is regarded as a hiker's domain, a great space in which to scale peaks to reach views that are ...

Museums

Drostdy Museum

The Drostdy Museum is actually a collection of several historical buildings that include one of the oldest surviving examples of a Drostdy building in South Africa, hence the name of the museum. It is not only a beautiful museum that includes large grounds ...

Nature Reserves

Marloth Nature Reserve

Lying just three kilometres from the pretty little town of Swellendam, the Marloth Nature Reserve conserves the central Langeberg Mountains that lie between the towns of Swellendam, Ashton, Barrydale and Suurbraak. The Marloth Nature reserve includes what ...

Miscellaneous / Popular Tourist Routes

Mountain Treasure Route

Based on the Overberg Tourism map, the Mountain Treasure Route starts on the N2 en route to Swellendam, past Riviersonderend. Riviersonderend is a beautiful little town with incredible mountain and river scenery that takes its name from the perennial ...

Golf Courses

Swellendam Golf Course

The nine-hole course can be played as such or as an 18-hole one with a par of 72. It is situated right at the base of the Langeberg Mountain Range and the surrounding vistas include the farms, town and the gorgeous Hermitage Valley. The course itself is ...

Attractions AROUND Swellendam

Nature Reserves

Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve

Lying in the heart of the Langeberg Mountains, roughly 22 kilometres north-west of Heidelberg in the Cape Overberg, Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve is exactly as its name denotes - a wonderful large section of forest - 250 hectares of the largest remaining ...

Mountain Passes

Tradouw Pass

Thomas Bain's Tradouw Pass is a masterpiece. A drive through this wonderfully rugged terrain will soon acquaint you with why he was known as 'the man with the theodolite eye' (an instrument used to measure horizontal and vertical angles), for the pass' sheer ...

Mountain Passes

Wildehondskloofhoogte Pass

Its long sounding name is indicative of the fact that Wildehondskloofhoogte Pass connects with Op de Tradouw Pass, forming one long, continuous pass through the Langeberg. The Langeberg (Dutch for long mountain) is called such because it ...

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Landmarks / National Parks / Nature Reserves

Agulhas National Park

Lying in what is known as the Agulhas Plain at the southernmost tip of Africa is the Agulhas National Park, just 45 kilometres from the popular village of Gansbaai. This might be the meeting place of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, but the Agulhas National ...

Golf Courses

Arabella Golf Club

Set in the Majestic Kogelberg mountain range and bordered by the Bot Rivier Lagoon is the Arabella Golf Course with its tricky bunkers, immaculate Kikuyu fairways and inventive water hazards it is of little wonder that the course has consistently been ranked ...

Entertainment / Miscellaneous / Popular Tourist Routes

Baardskeerdersbos Art Route

The artist's village of Baardskeerdersbos, more commonly known to locals simply as Bbos, lies on a dirt road somewhere between Stanford and Wolvengat. Most commonly it is accessed via the road that takes you past Grootbos Nature Reserve and Platbos Forest ...

Marine Protected Areas

Betty's Bay Marine Protected Area

Betty's Bay MPA lies adjacent to the popular seaside town of Betty's Bay and the Kogelberg Nature Reserve, both managed by CapeNature. It protects a diverse number of habitats – from rocky shores and exposed sandy beaches, to subtidal ...

Birdlife or Wildlife Sanctuaries

Caledon Blue Crane Route

The Caledon farmers grouped together to protect the Blue Crane bird and increase tourism in the area, establishing the Caledon Blue Crane Route, which allows visitors to see the blue crane in its natural environment, and encouraging the blue crane onto their ...

Natural Wonders

Cape Whale Coast

The coming of the whales to the Cape Overberg coastline, also known as the Cape Whale Coast, every year between June and November, not only creates a stir, but brings to our shores a large, intelligent and remarkable giant of the sea and the only mammal to ...

Marine Protected Areas

De Hoop Marine Protected Area

De Hoop Marine Protected Area (MPA) lies adjacent to the De Hoop Nature Reserve on the Cape Overberg coastline, protecting 253 km² between Stillbaai Point and Ryspunt, and extending three nautical miles offshore. Marine protected areas ...

Nature Reserves

De Hoop Nature Reserve

The De Hoop Nature Reserve is approximately 34 000 ha in size and one of the largest natural areas managed by Cape Nature Conservation. It is a favourite destination for hikers, cyclists, bird watchers and during the winter and early summer months, whale ...

Nature Reserves

De Mond Nature Reserve

As its name suggests De Mond Nature Reserve lies at a river mouth – the Heuningnes River - in the curve of a natural bay, almost halfway between the coastal towns of Arniston and Struis Bay. The De Mond estuary has remained relatively undisturbed and ...

Nature Reserves

Dyer Island Nature Reserve

Most people have heard of Dyer Island. Shark Alley, the strip of sea between Dyer Island and Geyser Rock, off the coast of Gansbaai and Pearly Beach in the Overberg, is famous for shark cage diving, and one of the biggest tourist attractions of the ...

Swellendam as a destination

Also in the neighbourhood

Baardskeerdersbos, Barrydale, Bettys Bay, Botrivier, Buffeljagsrivier, Caledon, Cape Agulhas, De Hoop, De Kelders, Elgin, Fisherhaven, Franskraal, Gansbaai, Grabouw, Greyton, Heidelberg, Hermanus, Kleinbaai, Kleinmond, Malgas, Onrus, Pearly Beach, Pringle Bay, Riviersonderend, Rooi Els, Sandbaai, Stanford, Suiderstrand, Suurbraak, Vermaaklikheid, Vermont, Villiersdorp, Witsand

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