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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.

SWELLENDAM GOLF COURSE

This golf course was designed and built by Ken Elkin just after World War Two and is rated as one of the top nine hole golf courses in the country. Swellendam's par 72 golf course is nestled at the foot of the magnificent Langeberg mountains, with views overlooking the town, surrounding farms and the Hermitage Valley. There is a good variety of difficulty, which offers a true test for all levels of golfers.

 

Open to the public 7 days a week, this club welcomes visitors local and abroad. The clubhouse is manned daily from 07h30 to 19h00, except on Sundays when the club’s opening hours are shorter.Tel: +27(0)28 514 1026

MARLOTH NATURE RESERVE HIKING

Marloth Nature Reserve is named after the pioneer botanist who, together with a deputation of Swellendam residents, petitioned the Minister of Lands and Forestry in 1928 to set aside part of the mountain as a nature reserve. During 1981, the reserve was enlarged to include the rest of the State Forest and the Swellendam hiking trail was opened. This Nature Reserve is entered from the Marloth Main Office, situated near the Swellendam Golf Course. Get your hiking permits at the Marloth Main Office. Marloth Office Tel: +27 (0)28 514 1410

BUKKENBERG POTTERY

David Schlapobersky and Felicity Potter are South African Studio Potters who have been working together in the tradition of high temperature, reduction-fired pottery (stoneware and porcelain) since 1973. This studio is always open if you want to view their art. Ring the bell at the gate or phone to avoid disappointment. Tel:+27(0) 28 514 1644

BEE THINGS

Taste 8-10 different types of honey before you decide which to buy. Bring a container or bucket and buy their locally sourced honey and pay per weight. Active hives are on display with see-through panels. See the bees in action - children love to do this. Tel: +27(0) 28 514 1432

WILDEBRAAM BERRY ESTATE

Wildebraam Berry Estate is a working berry farm located in the picturesque Hermitage Valley. Their private cellar produces a range of delicious liqueurs , make sure to visit their tasting room. Tel: +27(0) 28 514 3132

EQUINE ENCOUNTERS SWELLENDAM HORSE TRAILS

Whether you just want to enjoy breathtaking mountain scenery from horseback on a trail ride or whether you want to learn some horse riding skills, or even become a trainer for a day, we have a huge variety of activities for everyone to enjoy. We love working with children and families and have many activities suited to the whole family. Address: Apppelsbosch Farm -34.026255, 20.484471 Contact: +27 (0)82 304 3407

ROOIKLIP NURSERY

Whether you are a collector, enthusiastic gardener or nature lover this nursery is definitely worth a visit. You can purchase Aloes, Succulents, Clivias and Cycads Tel: +27(0)72 3558 165

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

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