Swellendam attractions

Nature Reserve in Swellendam

Marloth Nature Reserve

Perched in the Langeberge, 1.5km north of town, this reserve is particularly pretty in October and November when the ericas are in flower. If the day hikes don’t hit the spot, try the demanding Swellendam Hiking Tra…
Museum in Swellendam

Drostdy Museum

The centrepiece of this excellent museum is the beautiful drostdy (residence of an official) itself, which dates from 1747. The museum ticket also covers entrance to the nearby Old Gaol, where you’ll find part of th…
Notable Building in Swellendam


This residence, dating back to 1853, has a formal Victorian garden. It is part of the Drostdy Museum, and entrance is included with the museum ticket price (adult/child R25/5).
Museum in Swellendam

Old Gaol

Part of the Drostdy Museum, you’ll find part of the original administrative buildings and a watermill here. Entrance included in the museum's ticket price (adult/child R25/5).
Church in Swellendam

Dutch Reformed Church

Swellendam residents swear every visitor takes a photograph of this wedding-cake-like church in the centre of town.