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Things to do in Swellendam

Things to do in Swellendam

Our stunning antique reception desk in the foyer of the Manor House is open 24/7 to happily assist you with planning wonderful ways to spend your days in Swellendam… Please note that the majority of these do need prior reservation, so please ask a friendly staff member to help.

11 Absolute Must Do’s when visiting Swellendam:

  1. A walk down Swellendam’s ‘Golden Mile’ for art, crafts, history, honey and food.
  2. Visit the famous Drostdy Museum, the Old Gaol (original jailhouse), Ambagswerf (tradeyard) and the Mayville House (a peek into yesteryear).
  3. The Bee & Honey Shop to watch bees actually making honey behind a glass wall and different kind of honey tastings.
  4. David & Felicity’s Bukkenburg Pottery Studio for exquisite ceramic ware.
  5. The Chocolate Shop for delicious Belgian chocolate and lovely little arts & crafts.
  6. Pop into Pennantwing for divine cakes & light lunches as well as gorgeous crafts.
  7. A short drive to the Wildebraam Berry Estate for berry picking (in season) and for handmade berry liqueurs, jams and preserve tastings.
  8. A visit to the Rain flagship Store for Bath & Body products ethically produced and handmade in Swellendam.  Also used in our bathrooms.
  9. A visit to Swellendam is not complete without a pamper at the Rain Forest Day Spa, a comprehensive treatment menu offers relaxing, rejuvenating and de-stressing treatments.
  10. Golf on the rustic 9-hole golf course with the most spectacular views over the Hermitage Valley.
  11. A visit to the Sulina Faerie & Healing Sanctuary for everybody’s inner child.

10 Adventurous Things you didn’t know you could do in Swellendam:

  1. Explore Swellendam and surrounds by bike.  Mountain bike hire from the Tourism Office.
  2. Guided horse trails and outrides in the foothills of the Langeberg Mountains.
  3. Marked hiking and MTB trails in the Marloth Nature Reserve and Bontebok Park.
  4. Canoeing, paddling, ziplining, microlighting and/or barging at Umshanti at the Buffeljags Dam.
  5. Tractor rides, paintballing & a maze at Swellendam Getaway Adventure Farm.
  6. River rafting on the Breede River with Felix Unite.
  7. A trip down to the sea at the De Hoop Nature Reserve for whale-watching (in season) and spectacular scenery.
  8. A trip to the Southernmost Tip of Africa at Cape Agulhas.
  9. Wine tasting at a phenomenal new wine estate Sijnn at Malgas, then travel across the river on the last hand drawn pont in the country.
  10. A quirky art adventure trip through Zuurbraak, over the Tradouws Pass to Barrydale for milkshakes at Diesel & Creme and wine tasting at Joubert-Tradauw.

 10 Great Things to Do with Children in Swellendam:

  1. The Faerie Sanctuary.
  2. Horseriding with Dee in the Hermitage Valley and Marloth Nature Reserve.
  3. The Bee & Honey Shop.
  4. Berry picking in November & December at Wildebraam Berry Estate.
  5. Support the local community and visit Meisie Bokwana’s afterschool projects for children in Railton.
  6. Bontebok Park for a riverside picnic, swim, hike & animal spotting.
  7. A terroir tractor ride at Weltevrede Wine Estate.
  8. Walk in afternoon beading sessions at Moonshadow Studio & Vegan Coffee Shop.
  9. Lavender picking and gifts at The Lavender Farm.
  10. Rolandale Farm Stall, plant nursery, petting zoo and coffee shop just 10 minutes down the N2.

10 Wonderful Places to buy unique and interesting Art & Gifts:

  1. Rain Store for stunning bath & body products
  2. Hartsgoed for goods handmade from the heart for the home and children
  3. Pennantwing for handcrafted knickknacks… and delicious bakes
  4. Our favourite Whimsical illustrations by diTekenar
  5. Bukkenburg Pottery Studio
  6. Jan du Toit for handmade ceramic shoes
  7. Local artist’s exhibit at Die Kunstehuijs Art Gallery
  8. Wildebraam Berry Estate
  9. The Lavender Farm
  10. The Drostdy Museum Shop