About Swellendam


Swellendam, the historical heart of the Overberg, is located conveniently half way between, and two hours drive from, both Cape Town and George. It is one of the oldest towns in South-Africa and reflects in many ways its history as a Dutch East India outpost, which can clearly be seen in the wide variety of building styles, from the architecture of the Old Cape Dutch settlers in the 1600’s to modern face-brick.

Houses in Swellendam range from mostly Cape Dutch and farmhouse to modern face brick, with a smattering of lovely seventies designs. Property sizes are usually quite generous and almost always have a view of the magnificent nature and mountains surrounding Swellendam.

Swellendam is a growing town, with an eclectic mix of “old” local families as well as many families (mainly South African and European) seeking the peacefulness of a more rural life. Although it can be considered a small town, all the necessary amenities are available, including a post office, library, churches, restaurants and a variety of shops. Children can attend pre-school, primary- and high school in Swellendam and there is even a private academy that offers multi language tutoring.

For families and individuals that enjoy outdoor activities there are many opportunities, including horse riding, water sports, fishing, hiking, 4×4 drives, gliding and micro-lighting. An abundance of fauna and flora can be seen by visiting the Marloth and Grootvaders Bosch Nature Reserve as well as the Bontebok National Park. Day trips include many scenic and historic drives, visiting wine farms or lounging on the one of the pristine beaches near Swellendam. Golf enthusiasts will appreciate the nine hole golf course with an inspiring view of the Langeberg mountains.