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Swellendam Accommodation, South Africa

Whether it's outdoor adventure you're seeking, or rather a glimpse into the mystical world of the resident faeries, Swellendam has a diverse mix of activities that is sure to keep you entertained.

TWO FEATHERS HORSE TRAILS

Canter your way through the beautiful Langeberg Mountain range. Whether you're a modern day cowboy or a city slicker, Two Feathers Horse Trails cater for all levels of riders. For accomplished riders, full-day rides are available with riverside forest picnics.

 

Top tip: Make sure you book well in advance, as spaces are limited.

 

Opening times: Tuesday - Sunday: 9am – 5pm.

5 Lichtenstein Street | Swellendam

THE DROSTDY MUSEUM

The Drostdy Museum was built in 1747 to serve as a residence and headquarters for the Landdrost (magistrate), and it was regarded as the most important building of its time. The museum is spread among several historic sites, including the Gaol, the Ambagswerf, Mayville and Zanddrift. These days the museum, which has maintained its façade from 1844, houses a fine collection of late 18th and early 19th century furniture. The collection of buildings is of great architectural value and the surrounding traditional Cape gardens add a lovely aesthetic.

 

Top tip: Make sure to visit the Ambagswerf, where the tools and equipment used by the artisans of the past are exhibited.

 

Opening times: Monday - Friday: 07:45am – 1pm, 1:30pm – 4:15pm.

18 Swellengrebel Street | Swellendam

THE GAOL

The Gaol was built shortly after the Drostdy for the incarceration of local offenders. Judicial procedures in those days were very primitive, and slaves were frequently tortured. Torture methods included whipping, branding and even loss of ears.

 

26 Swellengrebel Street| Swellendam

SULINA'S FAERIE SANCTUARY

"I do believe in faeries, I do believe in faeries" … the famous words of eternal boy-child, Peter Pan echo the spirit of Sulina's Faerie Sanctuary in Swellendam's town centre. You will feel like a kid again in this mystical throwback to Neverland. Thousands of faeries peep playfully from flower petals and tiny crevices, and children will love the freedom of roaming through the garden while trying to spot a magical friend. Just remember to keep very quiet, and not to take any photographs, as you may scare the winged little creatures away. Afterwards, you can sit down for a relaxing cup of tea, or browse through the shop for a souvenir.

 

37 Buitenkant Street| Swellendam

SWELLENDAM GOLF COURSE

With views overlooking the surrounding farms and Hermitage Village, Swellendam Golf Course is arguably one of the most picturesque in our country. Situated at the foot of the Langeberg, the nine-hole, 72-par course offers visitors the chance to practise their swing in the breathtaking surroundings. Replenish yourself after a long day at the 'office' with a drink at the bar, or order something to eat from the Chilli Dipper menu.

 

Top tip: There are various well-supported events throughout the year, the best of these being Ladies Day in September; the Swellendam Open. also in September; and the Yearly Classic in October.

 

Opening times: Monday - Saturday: 8am – 7pm. Sunday: Open for shorter time.

Andrew White Street | Swellendam

KUNSTE HUIJS

This quaint gallery is an art-lover's utopia. Set in an old-world building surrounded by beautiful gardens, the gallery is the first of its kind in Swellendam, and features pieces from over 60 South African artists. The gallery strives to increase awareness about the importance of art, and looks to boost interest and appreciation of our local talent and artists.

 

Top tip: Make sure to visit the gallery's website for a round-up of all the current events and exhibitions.

 

Opening times: Monday - Friday: 9:30am – 4:30pm.

19 Swellengrebel Street | Swellendam

BUFFELSJAGS DAM SUNDOWNER CRUISE

The Buffelsjags Dam is a picturesque body of water perfect for a scenic sundowner cruise. A warm summer's day just beckons you to put on those shades and head out to the dam. Add a tall sundowner to the mix, and you have a recipe for an unforgettable experience.

 

Top tip: Don't forget to bring sunscreen, towels, swimming costumes and something warm for when the sun goes down.

 

Buffelsjags Dam| near Swellendam

BONTEBOK NATIONAL PARK

The Bontebok National Park, initially created as a conservation effort geared toward preserving – you guessed it – Bontebok, is a reserve that boasts flora and fauna-filled hiking trails, a variety of wildlife (such as Bontebok, Cape Mountain Zebra and Stanley's Bustard) and prime fishing opportunities. Three nature trails, the Acacia Walk, the Aloe Walk, and the Bushback, start and end in the rest camp for overnight guests, while Pump House trail is a fantastic alternative for day visitors. Bontebok National Park also caters for biking enthusiasts, including regular and mountain bikers. The hiking trails are open for both day and night visitors.

 

Bontebok National Park| Swellendam

LAVENDER PICKING

Lavender usually conjures up images of little old ladies and memories of yesteryear. The lavender farm in Swellendam, however, produces invigorating essential oils and lavender products, such as pot-pourrie, creams, spritzers and soaps, that are just as apt for modern-day use as they were for a bygone era. Visitors can pick their own lavender, while getting a free aromatherapy session from nature.

 

Top tip: Visit the coffee shop on the farm and try one of their lavender flavoured biscuits.

 

Opening times: Monday - Sunday: 10am – 6pm.

Olivedale Road | Swellendam

RAIN

Creatively designed with the utmost attention to detail, Rain successfully combines the essence of exotic and mysterious Africa with first world tastes and trends. Body and bath products are made with natural and where possible, organic ingredients, high in antioxdants, essential fatty acids, vitamins and omega 3,6 and 9, generously fomulated for the best results. All Rain products are Vegan, except the products that contain honey or beeswax. Rain is one of the rare Fairly Traded and Beauty Without Cruelty accredited companies in the beauty industry, making them a company  with SOUL – so you can shop with a clean conscience.  A caring human touch is visible in everything they create. This is what gives Rain products their unique stamp and inherent value, produced locally in Swellendam.

 

Opening times: Monday - Sunday: 9am – 7pm.

274 Voortrek Street | Swellendam