A Langeberg Gem: Things to do in Swellendam

17 November 2014

Swellendam is a quiet and tranquil town in the Overberg region, just off the N2. When you take the 220km drive from Cape Town you will pass by some breathtakingly beautiful scenery such as Sir Lowry’s Pass, the Steenbras Dam and eventually end up at the foot of the awe-inspiring Langeberg Mountains. Swellendam is the fourth oldest town in South Africa and is a town filled with rich history and culture. Let us take a look at the top things to do in and around Swellendam.

DSC_0531 Swellendam. Photo by Wiehahn Diederichs

 

 

1. Suurbraak

The quaint little town of Suurbraak, nestled between green mountains and tranquil streams, is a great place to experience the majestic wonder of rural South Africa. When visiting Suurbraak it feels as if you are taking back a trip in time. It’s isolation from financial resources lead to its charm. In the single minute it takes you to drive through this town, you will see cows and horses freely roam the streets as smiling barefoot children happily run in between them. And once you pass through this town you are on your way to our next point…

 

2. Trudouw Pass

This is one of the most beautifull passes I’ve ever driven through in life. This mere 17km drive, about a 25 minute’s drive outside of Swelledam, takes you into the heart of the Langeberg Mountains. Be ready to see epic views of rich green valleys as you snake your way through dominating mountains. Everything in the Trudouw Pass feels big, serving as a reminder of how small we really are.

 

3. Bontebok National Park

DSC_0628 Bontebok National Park. Photo by Wiehahn Diederichs

The Bontebok National Park is South Africa’s smallest National Park. But this does not make it worth any less. This beautiful natural destination is just outside Swellendam, lying against the banks of the Breede River. It forms part of the Cape Floral Kingdom, boasting a wide variety of natural beauty and wildlife such as Zebras and, of course, the Bontebok.

 

4. Drostdy Museum Walk

If you’re a history buff then this is for you. The Drosty Museum is a group of Cape Dutch Houses that date back to the early 18th century. Many of the houses’ interiors still look as they did back in the 1700’s and it filled with remarkable collection of Cape Furniture. The group of houses are connected by a beautiful, typical 19th century garden.

Wiehahn Diederichs

“We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” Travel has opened my mind and soul and has filled me with an insatiable thirst and curiosity for life. My passion for travel is fuelled by my love for photography and writing. Through these mediums of expression I hope to inspire people to follow their hearts and see the world. There is an entire planet filled with a variety of people and experiences waiting for us to meet them.