The Drostdy Museum
The Drostdy museum is a collection of buildings
dating from the establishment of the Landrost or magistracy
by the Cape Dutch East india Company in 1743. The
buildings contain fine period furniture, pictures
and also examples of the equipment and work of the
wagon builders, smiths and slaves throughout the 18th
and 19th centuries.
the Drostdy Museum website
The Faerie Sanctuary
The Sulina Faerie Sanctuary is Swellendam's "special
faerie and angel healing sanctuary" dedicated to the
protection and preservation of all the positive energies
of love, peace and light.
The Sanctuary is open from 0900 to 1630 Wednesdays
to Sundays and every day during school holidays. It
is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, for 10 days after
the end of school holidays and for the month of June.
Weekday healing and meditational visits can be booked
the Faerie Sanctuary website
Wildebraam produces liqueurs, syrups & vinegar,
jams and brandied fruits, relishes, chutneys , atchars
& pickles, and corporate and wedding gifts at a beautiful
farm on the edge of Swellendam.
They are open from 0800 - 1700 Monday to Friday and
till 1600 on Saturday.
the Wildebraam website
Rain Forest Spa
Step into our imaginary rain forest; a place of peace & relaxation, with an environment of care and nurturing. Experience the soothing and healing hands of our therapists in combination with the restorative and nourishing Rain Biologie product range - packed with antioxidants, omega oils, botanical extracts and actives. Combining science and nature together to restore and reboot your body and soul.
Contact +27 (0)28 514 1737, email email@example.com or visit the website, www.rainafrica.com
Koornlands Riding School
Dee Hazell offers show jumping, dressage, children's
camps and much more.
Adult lessons and hacking in the foothills of the
Langeberg mountains can be arranged on request.
Children's lessons are available from 1400 - 1800
Monday to Friday.
Contact: +27 (0)72 288 1028 or visit www.ridingsa.co.za
Meisie Bokawana's Township Tours
Meisie Bokwana runs a great after school project
for kids in Railton, and takes visitors on a fascinating
tour on request. Please ask Jackie or Stephen for
Contact: +27 (0)84 775 1269
Arts and Crafts
David Schlapobersky and Felicity Potter have been
making pots together since 1973 and are well known
for their wide range of high temperature reduction
fired stoneware and porcelain. Using their own blends
of clay and glazes prepared from local raw materials.
They are happy to discuss and demonstrate their
work and timeless tradition of handmade pottery.
Their studio and showroom are open daily and visitors
the Bukkenburg Pottery website
Kunste Huis fine art gallery has an excellent collection
of the best of South African art available. Housed
in a quaint house and set in a lovely garden this
is a gem of a gallery with and intimate feel and
a wide range of art by various top South African
the Kunste Huis website
Nourish is a fantastic organic restaurant which has just opened up at 5 Swellengrebel Street.
Contact: +27 (0)28 514 3957
- Barry and Nephews Museum Shop
Geoff and Louis have created a haven of interior design, fabrics, gifts and curios all made in Swellendam in the museum shop. Swellengrebel Street.
Contact: +27 (0)83 228 1355
- Natural Things
Amazing things made from woven bamboo yarn. 5 Swellengrebel Street.
Contact: +27 (0)28 514 3957
Swellendam's 9 hole, par 72 golf course is unique in its beautiful setting - nestling at the foot of the magnificent Langeberg mountains. The clubhouse is open from 0800 to 1900 daily, except on Sundays when the hours are shorter.
the Swellendam Golf Course website
The Marloth Nature Reserve
A wilderness area of 14,123 hectares just outside
Swellendam with opportunities for walks and serious
hikes with overnight camping in the Langeberg mountains.
Wildflowers, majestic mountain views, many hiking
trails, rock pools and waterfalls, rare birds and
animals grace this sprawling national park.
Marloth Nature Reserve is named after the pioneer
botanist who, together with a deputation of Swellendam
residents in 1928 petitioned the Minister of Lands
and Forestry to set aside part of the mountain as
a nature reserve.
In 1981, the reserve was enlarged and the Swellendam
Hiking Trail was opened.
Marloth Flower Route Trail distance: 5,5km (2,5 hours).
This easy hike begins and ends at the reserve office. The highlight is a section of about 2,5km that leads through rich protea and erica stands, that are very colourful in flower season. Along the way you will see small animals, Cape fynbos, patches of afromontane forest and birds.
Koloniesbos Trail distance: 6km (2,5
This fairly easy circular hike begins and ends at the reserve office. Along the way you can see small animals, Cape fynbos and birds. This circular route leads into Koloniesbos, an indigenous forest where you will find yellowwood, stinkwood and ironwood trees.
Tienuurkop Trail distance: 11,5km
This is a very difficult route. The linear circle route starts at the reserve office and leads to the peak of Tienuurkop and back. It leads through fynbos veld and patches of indigenous forest in the ravines. You are rewarded with views over Swellendam and the Ruensveld. Watch out for a diversity of birds and small animals.
Duiwelsbos Trail distance:
5km (2 hour).
This fairly easy hike begins and ends at the reserve office. The first 2km takes the hiker to the Duiwelsbos and then 1,5km leads into the indigenous forest and back. The trail turns at a small waterfall. Along the way you will see small animals, Cape fynbos, and birds. Fires are only permitted at demarcated sites.
Twaalfuurkop Trail distance: 8,5km
This strenuous and very difficult linear route starts at the reserve office and leads to the peak of Twaalfuurkop and back. It leads through fynbos veld and patches of indigenous forest in the ravines. You are rewarded with views over Swellendam and the Ruensveld. Hikers are rewarded with a diversity of birds and small animals.
Die Plaat Trail distance:
8,5km (4 hours), but different route options are available.
This easy route follows through patches of indigenous
forest and fynbos veld, where you will be able to
spot various small animals and birds.
Bontebok National Park
Bontebok National Park is a place of simplistic beauty
and peaceful charm. The majestic Langeberg Mountains
provide a picturesque backdrop for this Park of colourful
riches. A part of the Cape Floral Kingdom, now heralded
as a world heritage site, Bontebok National Park always
offers something in bloom.
The Park is proud to promote its achievements in
biodiversity conservation, from the endangered fynbos
veld type, coastal Renosterveld to the namesake bontebok!
Once these colourful antelope numbered a mere 17,
and through effective management we are proud to affirm
that the present world population amounts to around
3000. The Park offers much more for nature lovers,
from a diversity of indigenous animal life to over
200 remarkable bird species.
The Breede River provides an idyllic western border
to the park and offers guests scenery, bird watching,
fishing, and a refreshing swimming spot. Visitors
can also get a profound familiarity of the Park's
endless sights and sounds while on one of the various
hiking trails or on a winding bike trip. Furthermore,
Bontebok provides its guests with an experience of
South African culture.
Connect to the people of the past and learn about
how the Khoisan lived and changed through local history.
Come and enjoy all we have to offer, from adventure
or a lazy day braai in a Park of natural and cultural
the Bontebok National Park website
The Hideaway Bed & Breakfast in Swellendam
The Hideaway B&B is right in the middle of
the old part of Swellendam and was itself built
in the late 19th century.
The earliest photograph of the Hideaway dates
back to 1902, but the house had been established
for some time by then, judging by the size of
the oak tree in the front garden.
Next door is the Bukkenberg pottery which was
built by one of the oldest families in Swellendam,
the Streichers, in the early 1890s.