5 full day highlight tour programme
Day 1 Robertson wine route - Bonnievale - McGregor
Drive via scenic R 60 to Robertson to the famous Robertson winevalley, visit some award winning wine estates. Visit the quaint town of McGregor and stretch your legs at Soekershof mazes and botanical gardens, drive back through Bonnievale along the 317
Boat trip on the Breede River at Viljoensdrift winefarm, select your own picnic basket and wine
Fraai Uitzicht 1793 winefarm award winning restaurant with excellent views over the valley
Bon Courage wine estate Café restaurant Maude
Day 2 Southern tip of Africa-Cape Agulhas- Struisbaai- Bredasdorp
Drive via scenic route along blue cranes and ostriches to Bredasdorp - visit the Kapula Candle factory, Bredasdorp square. Continue to Cape Agulhas most southern tip of Africa – visit the lighthouse – visit Arniston-Waenhuiskrans.
Bredasdorp Square in Bredasdorp next to the Info buro
Arniston seaside hotel
Cape Agulhas country lodge
Day 3 Swellendam
Selection of Bontebok National park, Drostdy museum, historical site walk through town, Wildebraam & Youngberry Liqueur farm, Sulina Faerie Sanctuary, famous Bukkenburg studio pottery of David Schlapobersky, township tour or enjoy an afternoon at the pool.
Lunch suggestion at La Belle Alliance along the Koornlands River or at the Old Gaol on Church Square
Day 4 Tradouw pass-Barrydale-Montagu Little Karoo Route 62 drive
Drive via the old mission post of Suurbraak through the spectacular Tradouw pass with several viewing points to Barrydale and explore the main street by foot, visit the private cellar of Joubert Tradouw or sherry and port farms.
Continue along the scenic Route 62 towards Montagu, optional Tradouw pass eco squad bikes, Grootvadersbosch nature reserve.
Organic restaurant in Suurbraak ( on left main street)
Clarke of the Karoo in Barrydale
Joubert Tradouw Private Cellar tapas/alfresco lunches 10 km out of Barrydale towards Montaqu
Day 5 Witsand - Malgas - De Hoop Nature Reserve
Drive via Heidelberg towards Witsand and enjoy a few hours at the beach, perfect whale watch spot in season, walk along the Breede river or take a boat trip. Or drive off road to De Hoop Nature Reserve (perfect for walks and bird watching with stunning views), drive back via Malgas and have a great experience at the last hand driven pontoon at Malgas over the Breede River.
Lunch suggestion Breede River lodge Witsand
Swellendam is Africa’s 3rd oldest settlement and boasts an interesting eclectic Cape Dutch Architecture and monuments, visit the award winning Drostdy museum (1747), the Old Gaol and explore the historical site walk through town.
Via a scenic 25 min drive you are in the heart of the award winning Robertson wine valley which boasts 48 top class wine boutique estates, no crowds, visit the cellars, enjoy wine-tastings, Bonnievale cheeses, lunches & picnic on river cruises, visit the famous Wine & Food festival in October - award winning wine farms such as Viljoensdrift, Graham Beck, Bon Courage, Weltevrede, De Wetshof, Van Loveren, please ask your host for an area map to take along.
Swellendam Faery Sanctuary
Magical faerie display and garden, Swellendams special Faerie and angel healing Sanctuary - dedicated to the protection and preservation of the positive energies of Love Peace Truth & Light (situated at the Buitenkant Street). Moonshadow is an alternative art studio & gift shop, alternative healing modalities, tarot & psychic reading.
The 315 meter pass is synonymous with unsurpassed beauty, unusual geological features, abundant birdlife and unspoilt fynbos. Ruins of Anglo Boer War can als be seen in the pass.
Bontebok park Swellendam
The park which lies 5 km outside of town where the largest concentration of rare Bontebok antelope in South Africa can be seen as well as hartebeest and Cape Mountains zebra. You drive through the park with your own car and get a map at the entrance office of the park, fantastic mountain views and walking trails are set out as well as picnic areas.
Swellendam open market at the Drostdy complex every first Saturday of the month.
Montagu market every Saturday morning till 13:00hrs.
A lunch with the whales - one of the best kept secrets in the Overberg - De Hoop Nature Reserve - a marine protected area - is part of the famous Whale Trail with over 120 individual whales coming every year to calve and mate, and dolphins June-November. Experience whales from the air - we can arrange 1 hour flight trips from Swellendam.
The pontoon over the Breede River at Malgas, 40km from Swellendam is believed to be the last remaining hand-drawn ferry operating in South Africa. It operates every day during daylight hours.
Southern most tip of Africa Cape Agulhas
A must see and one of the most popular day trips - visit the most southern tip of the continent of Africa at Cape Agulhas - where two oceans meet - visit the historic lighthouse - harbour - idyllic fisherman’s cottages at historic Kassiesbaai /Waenhuiskrans cave and Struisbaai.
Walks /Hiking & Biking/cycling
Swellendam and its surrounding parks offer the best walking – hiking - biking trails through forests and rivers in the whole province. Swellendam offers the famous 7 day hiking trail through the Langeberg mountains, please ask you host. Mountain bikes are available at reception at no extra cost.
Game drives & animals
Bontebok, zebra and Hartebeest can be found in the Bontebok National park, Cape Grysbok, baboons and other small mammals in the several surrounding parks. Ostriches can be seen all along the scenic drive to the coast. Game drives in open 4x4 vehicles can be arranged at Pat Bush Game Reserve near Robertson. See Bontebok. Hartebeest, Wildebeest, Eland, Springbok, Zebra, Duiker, Grysbok, Kudu, Impala. Lots of animals can be seen as well in De Hoop Nature reserve.
Barrydale Wine & brandy route
Visit the cellars at Barrydale specializing in a wide variety of wines and world renowned famous Joseph Barry Potstill Brandy for a cellar tour & tasting.
Labyrinth- Peace Pagoda & Baboon Sanctuary
Situated 15 km from Barrydale towards Ladismith you find an outdoor labyrinth to create inner peace & harmony and the Pagoda to create external Universal peace and harmony .Visit the Cape Centre for rehabilitation of baboons.
27 km from Barrydale a hot mineral spring located by five Klein Karoo mountain ranges, here you can relax in one of natures true spoils.
The surroundings of Swellendam offer excellent bird watching spots inclusive 260 bird species in De Hoop Nature Reserve, 196 bird species in Grootvaders Bosch with 250 ha of indigenous forest, spot plenty of blue cranes and ostriches on your scenic way to the coast.
Hermitage Wildebraam ( Youngberry) Liqueur Farm + berry picking
Swellendam is famous for its production of Wildbraam (Youngberries) a visit to the farm in the Hermitage is a must visit, do some liqueur & jams & marmalade tastings or enjoy an afternoon of picking berries yourself.
Lavender Farm Gifts & Crafts
Lavender farm at Buffeljags river: go for 5km from Swellendam East along the N2 towards George, follow road sign Buffeljags/Olivedale.
The all popular cruise on the Buffeljagsdam at the foot of the Langeberg Mountains, on a fully kitted-out double-decker wooden raft. The Buffeljags dam offers slide rides, canoeing, water-skiing.
Via scenic drives visit Witsand, Arniston and Struisbaai for wonderful truly unspoilt white sandy beaches and relax for the day.
Swellendam boasts a number of excellent country cuisine restaurants in historic settings open for lunches and dinners and picnic baskets can be arranged by De Kloof Luxury Estate.
Bookings for 2 hours through the reception.
Golf & other sports
Swellendam offers a picturesque golf course with excellent mountains and is a challenge for all handicaps. Clubs and balls are available at De Kloof Luxury Estate where you can use the putting green practise facility. Play at several surrounding and coastal golf courses (Stilbaai, Worcester, Riversdale, Bredasdorp) and at the prestigious 18 holes Arabella in Kleinmond, or play at the new Robertson Silwerstrand 18 holes golf course and combine with a day in the winelands. Green fees Swellendam ZAR 70 pp. Swellendam offers tennis & squash courts and guests can use the fully equipped gym at the estate.
Two Feathers horsetrails offers scenic rides through forests, across rivers and along the foothills of the Langeberg mountain range for all levels of riders, rides are twice daily for one or two hours, full day rides with riverside forest picnics are available.
Marloth Nature Reserve
The reserve is a botanist’s dream with an abundance of wild flowers and fynbos. Various day walks and hiking trails have been established and for those who wish to undertake the entire 81km trail there are six huts positioned at regular intervals.
Massage & beauty treatments
A well trained therapist can be booked for you for inroom full body, hot stone, aromatherapy & reflexology massages; purifying, aromatic, firming & vitamin facials as well as pedicure and manicure –bio Sculputure & nail treatments can be arranged for.
We can arrange for private session in one the gardens of De Kloof Luxury Estate.
Unique healing modality
At Red roan ranch they offer therapy sessions like chiropractic, neuor-meotional technique, intense excercising, Nia Dance & yoga, raw food cuisine & juicing reiki, aromatherapy, meditation & horse therapy all on a Egyptian Arabic horse farm just outside town.
Mayville gardens in town next to the museum. Visit the famous Soekershof Walkabout known for its mazes, succulent & botanical gardens near Robertson in the Klaas Voogd West Area. Swellendam and its region is famous for its Cape Fynbos and protea species as well as the Canola (oil) yellow fields.
Whales /White Shark cage diving/ Dyer Island Eco diving
Best land based whale watch spot close to nature is at De hoop Nature Reserve south of Swellendam, a scenic hour drive. A must see and whales come so close in the unspoilt bay that you can almost touch them - June till late November. Immerse yourself in total adventure - we can arrange day visits and experience the Great White Shark up close and personal, from the protection of a solid cage or from the safety of the cabin cruiser’s deck. Operated in a eco friendly way.
Take time to visit the popular crafters in the historic village of Suurbraak, an old mission station and a relic of the past in its own right, enjoy a superb lunch at the Organic restaurant and visit the Xairu Rustic garden furniture.
Swellendam historic walk
There are many old buildings some dating from the 18th century, the most noteworthy being the Dutch reformed “moederkerk” with its eclectic architectural features including Gothic , Renaissance, Baroque and vernacular Cape elements.
Drostdy Museum Complex
The open-air complex of the Drostdy Museum consists of several historic buildings including official, town and country dwellings. Its renowned for its fine collection of late 18th and early 19th century Cape furniture.
Swellendam Arts-crafts-pottery route
Visit several potters, art & crafts & galleries in Swellendam, like the famous Bukkenburg studio pottery of David Schlapobersky for demonstrations & workshops. Lots of studios and craft shops, the perfect place to search for the perfect gift. A day visit to picturesque spiritual & holistic village of McGregor or the village of Greyton with several galleries is recommended.
Stargazing by telescopes takes place every Monday evening (weather permitting) at the Wildebraam berry estate - bookings are essential.
Swellendam is surrounded by four nature parks, namely the famous Bontebok National park, the Marloth Nature reserve towering majestically above Swellendam with fresh rivers, several trails and indigenous forests, the Hermitage Kloof with water catchment area, fresh rock pools, waterfalls, Die Mond Nature Reserve.