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Tredici19 locals recommend
Marloth Nature Reserve45 locals recommend
Checkers Swellen Mark16 locals recommend
Super Spar21 locals recommend
La Belle Alliance Restaurant9 locals recommend
Woodpecker Pizzadeli23 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Swellendam

  • Total rentals

    190 properties

  • Nightly prices starting at

    $10 before taxes and fees

  • Total number of reviews

    7.6K reviews

  • Family-friendly rentals

    50 properties are a good fit for families

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    30 properties allow pets

  • Rentals with a pool

    90 properties have a pool

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

  • How is the weather in Swellendam?

    Swellendam experiences a Mediterranean climate with warm, dry summers averaging 27°C (81°F) and mild, wet winters averaging 16°C (61°F). It's often recommended to pack both light and warm clothes for the varying temperatures.

  • What are some of the best things to do in Swellendam?

    Visitors to Swellendam often enjoy exploring the Bontebok National Park, visiting the Drostdy Museum, and hiking in the Marloth Nature Reserve. Other frequently suggested activities include farm tours, horse riding, and bird watching.

  • What is the best time of year to visit Swellendam?

    The most popular time to visit Swellendam is during the summer months from November to March. During this period, visitors can enjoy the Swellendam Agricultural Show, a local event showcasing the region's farming heritage.

  • What are the best places to stay in Swellendam?

    Popular areas to stay in Swellendam include the historic town center with its Cape Dutch architecture, the tranquil Hermitage Valley, and the scenic foothills of the Langeberg Mountains.

  • What are the best places to visit in Swellendam?

    Popular places to visit in Swellendam include the Drostdy Museum, the Bontebok National Park, and the historical Swellendam Dutch Reformed Church. The Marloth Nature Reserve also attracts many visitors with its abundant birdlife and hiking trails.

  • What are some hiking trails in Swellendam?

    Swellendam has several hiking trails suitable for various levels of fitness. Some frequently suggested ones are the Two Feathers Horse Trails, the Marloth Nature Reserve trails, and the Twaalfuurkop Hiking Trail.

  • What are some family activities to do in Swellendam?

    Families visiting Swellendam often enjoy exploring the Fairy Sanctuary, visiting the Sulina Faerie Sanctuary, or going on guided horse riding tours. The Bee Things shop with its interactive bee display is also a favourite among young visitors.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in Swellendam?

    For day trips, visitors might explore the nearby De Hoop Nature Reserve, visit the historic town of Montagu, or take a scenic drive through Tradouw Pass. A visit to the Robertson Wine Valley is also frequently suggested for its beautiful vineyards and family-friendly activities.

  • Do guesthouse rentals in Swellendam have air conditioning?

    Absolutely! We offer over 10 guesthouse rentals with air conditioning in Swellendam. Enjoy a tailored experience with all the comforts you desire.

  • Do cottage rentals in Swellendam have a kitchen?

    Absolutely! We offer over 10 cottage rentals with a kitchen in Swellendam. Enjoy a tailored experience with all the comforts you desire.

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