Top things to do

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…
Italian in Swellendam

La Sosta

Once voted the top Italian restaurant in the country, La Sosta is something special. The beautifully presented food includes treats like butternut-and-truffle ravioli, homemade gnocchi and coconut panna cotta. Booki…
Fusion in Swellendam

Field & Fork

Locals rave about this stylish place based in the Old Gaol building. The small menu features intricate dishes that use local ingredients such as springbok, Karoo lamb and Franschhoek trout. There's also a three-cour…
International in Swellendam

De Vagebond

The menu here is vast, but opt out of the sushi or pasta in favour of something a little more local. The bobotie (spiced mince with a savoury egg custard) is very good. Finish off with a gooey Malva pudding and some…
South African in Swellendam

Old Gaol on Church Square

It might not be in the Old Gaol any more, but the food at this empowerment venture is still just as good. There’s lots of seating outside under the trees where you can enjoy delicious cakes, traditional breads and C…
South African in Swellendam

Koornlands Restaurant

An eclectic menu featuring African meat with Asian influences is served in an intimate candlelit setting. Among the more unusual offerings are crocodile sashimi and springbok samosas.
Notable Building in Swellendam

Mayville

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).
South African in Swellendam

La Belle Alliance

This appealing tearoom had the honour of serving Nelson Mandela in 1999. In an old Masonic lodge with shaded outdoor tables beside the Koornlands River, it’s a good spot for breakfast or a sandwich.