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Swellendam

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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. To plan South Africa vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.
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Drostdy Museum ©
History Museum
Drostdy Museum
4.5
Duration: 1 hour
Bontebok National Park ©
National Park
Bontebok National Park
3.4
Duration: 8 hours
Marloth Nature Reserve ©
Nature / Park
Marloth Nature Reserve
4.5
Duration: 2h 30 min
NG Kerk Swellendam ©
Landmark
NG Kerk Swellendam
4.1
Duration: 2h 30 min

Side trips from Swellendam

Sanbona Wildlife Reserve
Nature / Park
Sanbona Wildlife Reserve Montagu
4.6
Duration: 8 hours
Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa
Historic Walking Area
Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa Cape Agulhas
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Duration: 2h 30 min
Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex ©
Specialty Museum
Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex Mossel Bay
3.9
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Boat Tour
Boat Tours & Water Sports Gansbaai
4.0
Duration: 2h 30 min

Hidden gems in Swellendam

Swellendam Golf Course
Golf Course
Swellendam Golf Course
4.8
Duration: 2h 30 min
Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery ©
Art Gallery
Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery
5.0
Duration: 30 minutes
Umshanti ©
Outdoor Activity
Umshanti
4.4
Duration: 2h 30 min
Rain Spa ©
Spa
Rain Spa
4.1
Duration: 2h 30 min

Shopping in Swellendam

Wilderbraam Berry Estate ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Wilderbraam Berry Estate
4.3
Duration: 2h 30 min
Die Biltong Boetiek
Gift & Specialty Shop
Die Biltong Boetiek
4.7
Duration: 30 minutes
SwellenMark Shopping Centre ©
Shopping Mall
SwellenMark Shopping Centre
3.5
Duration: 2h 30 min
Bee Things ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Bee Things
3.4
Duration: 30 minutes

Trails in Swellendam

Swellendam Hiking Trail
Hiking Trail
Swellendam Hiking Trail
4.0
Duration: 2h 30 min

Historic Sites in Swellendam

Old Apostolic Church ©
Church
Old Apostolic Church
4.0
Duration: 30 minutes

Where to stay in Swellendam

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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