Of course, there are fun things to do in Swellendam. Swellendam is the third-largest oldest town in South Africa. The driving distance from Cape Town via the N2 is about 220 km. We recently travelled to Swellendam and we were blown away by what this quiet and tranquil town has to offer. Here are our top-rated things to do in Swellendam.
So, what are you waiting for? Start planning your trip with our list of things to see and do in Swellendam.
1. Visit Wildebraam Berry Estate
Wildebraam Berry Estate has located on a working berry farm just 2.2 km from Swellendam. The berry estate has beautiful views of the mountains and they offer a great farm nature experience. We enjoyed picking up the berries which are usually best to do in November and December. There is a shop and a tasting room there as well where you can buy delicious liqueurs, jams, atchar and frozen berries. Wildebraam accommodation self-catering units offer stunning views of the Langberg Mountains and surrounding orchards.
Contact: Visit the Wildebraam Berry Estate website here https://wildebraam.co.za/ or call 028 514 2132
2. Visit Bontebok National Park
A visit to Bontebok National Park is one of the best outdoor activities Swellendam has to offer. This national park is located 6km away from Swellendam. Although it was the park was created to protect the Bontebok but Bontebok national park has other animals like the Cape Mountain Zebra, Red Hartebeest, Grey Rhebok, Steenbok and Greybok. Bontebok is the ideal spot for a beautiful day hike and picnic.in Swellendam. The Bontebok National Park accommodation options include chalets, campsites and caravan sites.
For rates like the Bontebok National Park, camping rates visit https://www.sanparks.org/parks/bontebok/
3. Visit Drostdy Museum
Visiting Drostdy Museum is a must-do on things to do in Swellendam. As the third-largest oldest town in South Africa, there is a lot to be explored in the historical streets of Swellendam. The Drostdy Museum is one of the most prominent and important historical buildings in Swellendam. It was built in 1747, the Drostdy served as the official residence and seat of the magistrate of Swellendam and now it is a museum.
4. Visit Bee Things
Don’t miss out on an opportunity to visit Bee Things when you visit the 3rd largest town in SA. The lovely and cool shop is full of honey related products and they also have a selection of bee-themed gifts. Of course, you will also get to buy their real pure honey, we enjoyed the honey on tap. What also made Bee Things very interesting is we also got to learn a lot about bees and beekeeping.
5. Visit the Swellendam Dutch Reformed Church
The Dutch Reformed Church is one of the most photographed buildings in South Africa. Built-in 1911, you can not miss the church as it is located on the main street. The diversity of architectural styles on the church makes it a unique must-do stop on your next visit to Swellendam.
Where to stay
Swellendam offers a lot of self-catering and farm accommodation. We stayed at Swellen2 Farm Lodge which is about 3 minutes from Swellendam town. We enjoyed the calm peacefulness, great country feel and nature at its best that Swellen2 Farm Lodges has. The beautiful scenery, animals like horses and sheep made it a great farm experience. It is a perfect family getaway place as there is a swimming pool, a nice playground and the kids will definitely enjoy the animals.
Contact: 028 008 5010
Also read: The Best Small Towns in South Africa