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Swellendam

Regarded as South Africa's third-oldest town, Swellendam contains over 50 provincial heritage sites and well-preserved examples of Cape Dutch architecture. The town owes its existence to the Khoi people--nomadic pastoralists who helped the Dutch build trade posts and develop a mercantile industry. No trip to Swellendam is complete without visiting the nearby nature reserves and the national park, which shelters endangered Cape mountain zebras, bushbucks, baboons, crowned eagles, emperor butterflies, and leopards. Mountain biking, kite surfing, visiting farms, hiking, and fishing also rate highly among things to do in Swellendam. Swellendam is in Overberg District. Plan your tour of Swellendam and South Africa travel itinerary using our South Africa travel route builder .
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Your best bet for finding acceptable accommodations in Swellendam is along Voortrek Street, which stretches towards the town center and connects with the highway route. Swellendam has all sorts of luxury hotels, as well as budget-friendly guesthouses, lodges, and rental houses. With its abundance of provincial heritage sites and pedestrian routes, many accommodations do not possess parking spaces; but no matter where you stay, you'll have easy access to restaurants serving both local and international cuisine.
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