Swellendam Backpackers is situated in heart of the Overberg, in a peaceful and safe early 18th-century town. Nestled below the Langeberg Mountains, this beautiful region has much to offer backpacking visitors. The region has a predominantly Mediterranean climate with a sun-filled summer (avg. temperature 25°C) and winter brings the possibility of snow on the Langeberg Mountain top (avg Temperature 15°C)
Swellendam and the neighbouring Barrydale (48km), Buffeljachts (8km), Malagas (40km), Stormsvlei (38km) and Suurbraak (25km) feature a large amount of attractions and adventure activities:
Barrydale wine and brandy cellars
Wine tastings and tours, including the famous Joseph Barry potstill brandy.
Bontebok National Park
Bontebok antelope, other small buck species and 126 different bird species.
Buffelsjagsdam sundowner cruise
Buffelsjagsdam offers slide rides, canoeing, waterskiing and barge cruises.
Whale watching at Cape Infanta
At the mouth of the Breede River is the whale nursery of the Cape.
Drostdy Museum complex
Swellendam of the 18th and 19th century is housed in several historic buildings.
Hermitage youngberry farms
Swellendam is the largest youngberry region in South Africa. Liqueur tasting at distillery.
The hand-drawn pontoon over the Breede River is the last remaining pont in South Africa.
Marloth Nature Reserve
Various day walks and hiking trails amongst the abundance of wild flowers and fynbos.
Sanbona Wildlife Reserve
First reserve in Western Cape to re-introduce cheetahs and lions as well as the Big Five.
Stormsvlei dried flowers
Flowers are grown and preserved for export and sold here.
Swellendam arts and crafts
In search of a gift… visit the many galleries, pottery studios and craft shops.
Swellendam historic walk
Retrace the steps walked by explorers and Swellendam inhabitants of the early 18th century.
Sulina faery sanctuary
Magical faerie display and garden.
Popular crafters market in the historical village of Suurbraak, an old mission station.
315m pass of unusual geological features and unsurpassed beauty. Ruins of the Anglo-Boer War.