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Cabin and guesthouse vacation rentals in Swellendam

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Farm stay · Swellendam
The Greenhouse
Immersed in a secluded intimate forest you will find the greenhouse where you can escape everyday life. Relax and enjoy nature amongst birdsong and nature scapes!
$156 per night
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Farm stay · Swellendam
Joubertsdal Country Estate - Mountain View Cottage
$64 per night
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Hotel room · Swellendam
A Hilltop Country Retreat -Standard Double Room
Choose from King/twin beds, en-suite bathroom with shower, fully equipped kitchen, patio. 400TC Egyptian linen, 100% cotton towels. Flat screen TV with DVD player and now with DSTV. FREE Wi-Fi. BBQ facilities available on patio. (no children/babies allowed in double rooms)
$57 per night

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Stay near Swellendam's top sights

Photo of Drostdy Museum
Drostdy Museum15 locals recommend
Photo of Wildebraam Berry Estate
Wildebraam Berry Estate4 locals recommend
Photo of Tredici
Tredici11 locals recommend
Photo of Checkers Swellen Mark
Checkers Swellen Mark4 locals recommend
Photo of Marloth Nature Reserve
Marloth Nature Reserve20 locals recommend
Photo of La Belle Alliance Restaurant
La Belle Alliance Restaurant5 locals recommend

Vacation cabins with patios or balconies

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Entire cabin · Swellendam
Fazenda ultimate retreat
$140 per night
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Entire cabin · Swellendam
Hermitage Sanctuary Self-catering Retreat cabin
$42 per night
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Entire cabin · Montagu
Wonder Farm Stay - Leaf Lover
$44 per night
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Entire cabin · Cape Winelands
Cheerful 2-bedroom cabin with hot tub
$111 per night
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Entire cabin · Barrydale
Moon Cabin
$36 per night

Cabin rentals with pools

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Entire cabin · Swellendam
Perfect escape ranch
$141 per night
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Entire cabin · Swellendam
Bird’s nest (The Berry Guest Farm)
$47 per night
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Entire cabin · Suurbraak
BARE NECESSITIES (1/2) NATURIST/NUDIST/FKK ONLY !
$42 per night

Vacation guesthouses with gardens or backyards

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Entire guesthouse · Swellendam
River Superior Suites
$59 per night
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Entire guesthouse · Swellendam
Swellendam Guesthouse - Bukkenburg
$108 per night
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Private room · Swellendam
Family Self Catering Unit at Cypress Cottage
$89 per night
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Entire guesthouse · Barrydale
1 @ About Karoo Inn
$28 per night
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Entire guesthouse · Swellendam
De Wet se huisie
$59 per night
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Entire guesthouse · Barrydale
Birdsong Barrydale
$55 per night
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Entire guesthouse · Barrydale
Rustic Karoo Country Cottage
$31 per night
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Private room · Swellendam
Bergview: Jade Room, a Garden Suite with a view
$39 per night
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Private room · Swellendam
Pharao Room Suite
$91 per night
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Private room · Swellendam
The View Swellendam - Misty Peak
$36 per night
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Entire guesthouse · Barrydale
Mr. Albert's
$33 per night
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Private room · Swellendam
Cottage 1 Red Roan Ranch
$35 per night

Your guide to Swellendam

All About Swellendam

Perched at the foothills of the Langeberg mountains in the Western Cape province of South Africa, Swellendam is the perfect base for exploring the three nearby nature reserves in the region, including Marloth Nature Reserve, less than two miles away. Bontebok National Park is only four miles from town and is home to bontebok — a native antelope — as well as steenbok, duiker, and the endangered Cape mountain zebra.

Swellendam is a stop along the Western Cape’s Garden Route, a 125-mile coastal drive that passes through indigenous forests and past golden beaches and lush mountain terrain. Road trippers regularly stop in Swellendam to experience its many historic Cape Dutch-style buildings. As the third-oldest town in South Africa, Swellendam is home to 50 designated heritage sites, including the Dutch Reformed Church, built in 1911. The town also features unique modern attractions like the Continent of Sulina, an enchanted garden packed with fairies, pixies, and gnomes.


When is the best time to stay in a vacation rental in Swellendam?

Swellendam enjoys a Mediterranean climate, with hot, dry summers and mild, rainy winters. Thus, you can expect the hottest weather between December and February, with minimal rain. Fall temperatures get gradually cooler, but rain remains rare. Winter (June through August) sees the most precipitation and cool weather, but generally still offers comfortable daytime temperatures. And spring (September through November) has comfortable temperatures but a significant amount of rainfall. Come to Swellendam between July and October to see the colorful fynbos blooms carpeting the Marloth Nature Reserve. Weather shouldn’t be a barrier to visiting Swellendam at any time of year, as local businesses and attractions remain open year round. If you’re here in February, don’t miss the Up the Creek Music Festival along the banks of the nearby Breede River, with live music, comedy, and entertainment.


What are the top things to do in Swellendam?

Tradouw Pass

Thirty minutes east of Swellendam is the Tradouw Pass, a scenic mountain pass that takes you through rugged terrain and past incredible views. The Langeberg Mountains rise up on either side as you drive along the winding road at an elevation of 1,138 feet. Several lookout points allow you to pull off and admire the view, and there are even a couple of swimming spots where you can take a quick dip before continuing on.

Railton Township

To get a more complete picture of what life is like in this part of South Africa, take a trip to Railton, a nearby township with a strong Xhosa culture. The town is also home to skilled craftspeople who specialize in traditional beadwork, basket weaving, and pottery. Stop by the local craft market to peruse the wares, and sample Xhosa dishes like beef tripe stew and maize meal porridge.

Dutch Reformed Church

Located in the center of town, this stark white church is considered a national heritage site. Originally established in 1652, the current structure was rebuilt in the early 20th century to accommodate its growing congregation. The church contains architectural elements evoking a wide variety of styles, including Italian Baroque, French Gothic, Cape Dutch, and even Belgian in the form of its tall wooden tower. You’re welcome to take pictures of the outside at any time, but in order to see inside you’ll need to attend a Sunday service.