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Swellendam Tourism Information

Quick Facts: Swellendam

  • Swellendam is the third oldest town in South Africa
  • At the Buffeljachts Dam many water activities can be enjoyed
  • The Drostdy Museum
  • Activities include: horse -riding, gliding, canoeing, mountain-biking and waterskiing
  • Fuffi-slide and watersnake
  • Ride on a motor-glider

Distance to Airport: 208

Distance to City: 3 km

Introducing Swellendam

Swellendam is a lush town at the foot of the Langeberg Mountains in South Africa's Western Province.  Swellendam is a great place to stop over for the night or to simply refresh en route between Cape Town and the magnificent Garden Route.  Many of the buildings in Swellendam along the oak lined streets are colonial.  Swellendam is the third oldest town in South Africa. With a moderate temperature all year round, the gardens are green and luxuriant and walking through the streets of this picturesque town is a joy.

The Buffeljachts Dam nearby allows for great entertainment. Taking a sunset cruise on the sparkling water aboard a fully kitted-out double decker wooden raft is an unforgettable  experience. A catering service is available and a braai on board can also be arranged. Swellendam is home to its very own magical Faerie Sanctuary which is open every day except Mondays.  It is also home to many famous artists who get inspiration from these beautiful surrounds. The Drostdy Museum Complex is worth a visit to gain some insight into the town's history.

Horse -riding, gliding, canoeing, mountain-biking and waterskiing are but some of the activities Swellendam has to offer. For the more extreme traveller, there is a fuffi-slide and watersnake. One can also go for a ride on a motor-glider and take a twenty minute flight alongside the birds, soaring above the majestic Langeberg mountains.