Stroll around town
We’re firm believers in the idea that the very best way to immerse yourself in a place is to spend a good deal of time walking around. Not only does it give you an opportunity to see things you might have missed from a car, but you’ll also get to interact with local characters, discover sweet secret nooks and stumble upon unexpected photo opportunities.
Here are a few things to look out for during your stroll:
- Bee Things where you can taste 8 different kinds of honey
- Bukkenburg Pottery Studio where David Schlapobersky and Felicity Potter will gladly show you their wares and take you on a little tour
- Rooiklip Nursery that grows and stocks rare and exquisite plants that are tolerant to dry conditions, are water wise and require minimum care
- Sulina's Faerie Sanctuary, which will allow you to experience the childlike essence of true wonderment and joyful happiness.
- The NG Church with its magnificent steeples and spires
- The truly fascinating Drostdy Museum
Enjoy some R&R at Rain Forest Day Spa
What better way to pamper your winter-weary skin than indulging in a spa treatment in a beautiful setting.
The Rain Forest Day Spa may be located in the heart of a small South African town but stepping inside will transport you to a mythical world of rain forest sounds and heavenly sensations.
All spa treatments are done using Rain’s very own 100% natural Biologie product range.
Visit Wildebraam Berry Estate
The Wildebraam Berry Estate is a working berry farm located in the lovely Hermitage Valley, a mere 2km outside Swellendam. It is affectionately known as Swellendam’s ‘berried treasure’.
While they offer berry picking experiences during November and December, their real claim to fame is their range of delicious liqueurs including Youngberry, Honey, Aniseed, Rooibos, Peppermint, Lemon and Hazelnut.
Chase away the winter chills by indulging in a tasting. If liqueur doesn’t tickle your fancy, there are an array of other products – including jams, pickles, chillies and relishes – to try and purchase.
Go for a game drive in Bontebok National Park
While it may not be a Big 5 reserve, the Bontebok National Park is filled with all sorts of extraordinary animals, birds, plants and reptiles that deserve just as much attention as their more glamorous counterparts.
Set aside an hour or two to immerse yourself in this special little patch of nature. Maybe even enjoy a little braai in the park’s designated picnic spots on the banks of the Breede River.
Take a scenic drive to Barrydale
Winding its way up and over the Langeberg Mountains, the legendary Tradouw Pass connects Swellendam with the Little Karoo town of Barrydale.
Arguably, one of South Africa’s most scenic mountain passes, it makes for a truly invigorating drive. Once you reach Barrydale, spend some time exploring this artsy little town’s intriguing nooks and crannies.
A few must-dos include:
- Drinking a gourmet milkshake at Diesel and Creme
- Enjoy a private cellar tour and tasting, followed by a selection of Klein Karoo tapas at Joubert Tradauw
- Visit the magical Magpie Art Gallery
- Extend your drive a little further along the R62 and enjoy a cold beer at Ronnie’s Sex Shop
Explore the mountains on foot, bike or horseback
If you enjoy breaking a bit of a sweat in the great outdoors, Swellendam’s range of mountain trails are sure to get you excited.
Whether you’re a hiker, biker or prefer exploring on horseback, there something to suit every age, experience- and fitness level.
Duiwelsbos is a popular 2km hiking route up to a picturesque waterfall. The entire route will take you about an hour-and-a-half to complete. Do spend some time relaxing in this tiny slice of paradise before heading back to your car!
When it comes to mountain biking, you’ll truly be spoiled for choice in Swellendam. There are trails taking you through farmlands, there are trails taking you into forests and even trails in the Bontebok National Park! You may have to extend your stay…
Finally, Two Feathers Horse Trails offers all levels of riders the opportunity to enjoy scenic rides along the foothills of the Langeberg Mountain Range. Less experienced riders can opt for a one- or two-hour outride, while those who are more confident in their skills can sign up for a full day of equine adventure.