Swellendam Golf Course
With views overlooking the surrounding farms and Hermitage Village, Swellendam Golf Course is arguably one of the most picturesque golf courses in our country. Situated at the foot of the Langeberg, the nine-hole, 72-par golf course offers visitors the chance to practise their swing in the company of a breathtaking vista. Replenish yourself after a long day at the ‘office’ with a drink at the bar, or order something to eat from the Chilli Dipper menu.
Top tip:There are various well supported events throughout the year, the best of these being Ladies Day in September; the Swellendam Open is also in September; and the Yearly Classic in October.
Opening times:Mondays to Saturdays: 8am – 7pm. Sundays: open for shorter time.
Andrew White Street | Swellendam | +27(0) 28 514 1026
This quaint art gallery is an art-lover’s utopia.. Set in an old-world type building surrounded by beautiful gardens, the gallery is the first of its kind in Swellendam, and it features pieces from over 60 South African artists. The gallery strives to increase awareness about the importance of art, and looks to boost interest and appreciation of our local talent and artists.
Top tip:Make sure to visit the gallery’s website for a round-up of all the current events and exhibitions.
Opening times: Mondays to Fridays: 9:30am – 4:30pm.
19 Swellengrebel Street | Swellendam | +27(0) 28 514 2905
The Drostdy Museum
The Drostdy Museum was built in 1747 to serve as a residence and headquarters for the Landdrost (magistrate), and it was regarded as the most important building of its time. The museum is spread out between several historic buildings, including the Old Gaol the Ambagswerf, Mayville and Zanddrift. These days the museum, which has maintained its original façade from 1844, houses a fine collection of late 18th and early 19th century furniture. The collection of buildings is of great architectural value, and the surrounding traditional Cape gardens add a lovely aesthetic.
Top tip:Make sure to visit the Ambagswerf, where the tools and equipment used by the artisans of the past are exhibited.
Opening times:Monday – Friday 07:45am – 1pm, 1:30pm – 4:15pm.
18 Swellengrebel Street | Swellendam | +27(0) 28 514 1138
The Old Gaol
The gaol was built shortly after the Drostdy, and served as a jail for local offenders. Judicial procedures in those days were very primitive, and slaves were frequently tortured. Today the building serves as a coffee shop and art gallery, where you can enjoy fresh ‘moer’ coffee, roosterkoek and traditional breads.
Trivia:Torture methods included whipping, branding and even loss of ears.
26 Swellengrebel Street| Swellendam| +27 (0)83 286 4136
Bontebok National Park
The Bontebok National Park, initially created as a conservation effort geared toward preserving – you guessed it – Bontebok, is a reserve that boasts flora and fauna-filled hiking trails, a variety of wildlife (such as Bontebok, Cape Mountain Zebra and Stanley’s Bustard) and prime fishing opportunities. There are three nature trails which start and end in the rest camp for overnight guests, and the pump house trail is a fantastic alternative for day visitors. Bontebok National Park also caters for biking enthusiasts, including regular- and mountain bike. The hiking trails are open for both day and night visitors, and consist of the Acacia Walk, the Aloe Walk, and the Bushbuck Trail.