The picturesque town of Swellendam, found in the Overberg Region, is perfectly situated as a half-way stop between Cape Town and the Garden Route. Swellendam is known as the third-oldest town in South Africa and was founded in 1746 by Hendrik Swellengrebel, the Governor of the Cape Province at the time. The town's wide streets are lined with beautiful Cape Dutch and Victorian architecture, and a fine selection of excellent guesthouses and hotels.
Surrounded by fertile farmland and on the banks of the Breede River, Swellendam offers a variety of activities and attractions. For the outdoor enthusiast the Breede River is perfect for canoeing and water sports and the surrounding mountains provide great opportunities for walking, hiking and horse riding. The nearby Marloth Nature Reserve and Bontebok National Park are worth a visit as are some of the wineries along the Breede River Valley wine route and, the 315m high Tradouw Pass is one of great scenic beauty and allows for spectacular views.