Swellendam, at the foot of the magestic Langeberg mountain range, is the third oldest town/district in South Africa and dates back to 1745. Swellendam is just under 50km from St Sebastian Bay at the mouth of the Breede River, one of the best whale watching spots in South Africa. It is also under 100 km from Cape Agulhas, the southern-most tip of the African continent.


Today the Drostdy Museum complex, covering a number of street blocks, can be visited to see how the town developed from small administrative centre and frontier town to modern tourist and agricultural centre. Both the Bontebok National Park and the Marloth Mountain Reserve are worth a visit. 90% of the world’s youngberries are cultivated in the Hermitage valley behind the town.

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