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Home in Swellendam
Country cottage. Prime location. Backup power.
Nestled in the historic part of town, our charming cottage offers a unique blend of tranquility and convenience. With it’s old charm character it is perfect for couples or small families. Backup power is in place so you won’t be affected by power outages. The surroundings offer mountain views and a farm-like feel, while still steps away from cafes and shops. Indulge indoors with our luxury down bedding and cosy fireplace or enjoy the summer outside in our lavish garden, patio and swimming pool.
$91 per night
Guest suite in Swellendam
The River Studio. Solar Power. Unique Experience
A family-friendly studio located next to the river in one of Swellendam's residential neighbourhoods. The studio boasts magnificent views of the garden and an enormous rubber tree, creating a tranquil experience. You’ll have high-speed wifi and solar power, perfect for remote working. Want a not-so-in-town feel? Then this is the place for you. The studio is located a mere 5 min walk to the nearest supermarket/midtown and a 13 min walk to old town with quaint restaurants, shops and cafés.
$50 per night
Hotel room in 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)
$47 per night

Stay near Swellendam's top sights

Checkers Swellen Mark16 locals recommend
Republic of Swellendam Restaurant3 locals recommend
Tredici19 locals recommend
Super Spar21 locals recommend
Barrel & Blues28 locals recommend
Marloth Nature Reserve45 locals recommend

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A Hilltop Country Retreat 3 bedroom house
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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.

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.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there family-friendly farms in Swellendam?

Yes! We have over 20 farms with more than 2 bedrooms perfect for families looking for a comfortable and convenient stay in Swellendam.

How much does it cost to stay in a house in Swellendam?

Experience the best of Swellendam with our house vacation rentals, averaging about $90 per day, before taxes and fees. Embrace comfort and style while staying within your budget in your home away from home.

Are there pet-friendly houses in Swellendam?

Yes! Four-legged friends are welcome too! Select from over 20 pet-friendly house in Swellendam, so your furry family members can join in on the adventure.

Are there farms with a dedicated workspace in Swellendam?

Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 20 farms in Swellendam featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.

Are there Swellendam farms on Airbnb with pools?

Yes! Dive into the perfect getaway at one of over 20 farms with pools in Swellendam, available on Airbnb. Make a splash and soak up the sun in style!

Where should I stay in Swellendam?

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