Swellendam (pop. 35.000) is in the Western Cape region of South Africa. It`s one of the oldest European settlements in South Africa and offers some fine examples of Dutch-Cape architecture. The tourist office is in the old mission at Voortrek Street (mon-fr 9AM to 5PM). - Local area code: 028; Postcode 6740

Get in

By car

It will take about 2-3 hours on the N2 to reach Swellendam by car from Cape Town (240km).

By bus

The major companies serve Swellendam on their run from Cape Town to the Garden route but the service isn`t very extensive. Swellendam is also served by the Baz Bus on its way from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth.

By plane/ rail

There is no airport nor rail to Swellendam

Get around

The town is so small that it`s best viewed while walking through the streets. There is no public transport in the town except for the minibuses. The minibus stand is on Voortrek street behind the SPAR supermarket.




Several restaurants line the main street.



This guide uses the following price ranges for a standard double room:
Budget Under R500
Mid-range R500 to R1000
Splurge Over R1000



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