Things to do

Whether you are in need of peace and quiet or some outdoor activities, Swellendam offers something for everyone. Discover the town's rich history or savour any of its more contemporary offerings and escapes. This is the Overberg countryside at its best!


Swellendam is the third oldest municipality in South Africa. The Drostdy, built in 1747, served as the official seat of the local magistrate. If you enjoy history it is not to be missed. Afterwards stroll down touristic Swellengrebel street.

Hiking in Marloth

Swellendam provides ample opportunity for hikers & nature lovers. Marloth Nature Reserve is at only 1,5km; 12 O’clock peak and Duiwelsbos are favourite routes. Another great option to explore is Bontebok National Park at 5 km.

Bontebok Park

Bordered by the Langeberg Mountains and the peaceful Breede River, it is a lovely national park to visit and just 5km from us. Experience abundant wildlife as well as terrific walking, swimming and picnic opportunities.

De Hoop

De Hoop Nature Reserve is a perfect day trip, only 55 km from us. Discover its unspoiled beaches and beautiful rock pools. Or take a game drive or even a horse ride to explore the diverse fauna & flora.

Kleine Karoo

Take a road trip and explore the colourful riches of the Kleine Karoo. Have coffee or lunch in Barrydale or Montagu. The hot springs in Warmwaterberg is a relaxing treasure or visit nature reserves such as Anysberg and Sanbona


Swellendam’s golf course is a player’s gem. Rated as one of the top nine hole, 72 par courses in South Africa.

Mountain Biking

The town is fun to explore on your bicycle. Definitely dig into the surrounding trails of Bontebok Park, Grootvadersbosch, Suurbraak and Marloth Nature Reserve.


A local Spa offers truly blissful spa treatments, they use handmade bath and body products of natural African ingredients, good when you need a bit of pampering.