Swellendam Municipality






Silver Mountain








Swellendam’s Booklet  is a fully interactive experience. Click the pictures and find yourself viewing videos, reading blogs, learning about the history of this wonderful area.Swellendam and its six  beautiful satellite ”dorpies” is one of South Africa’s best-kept secrets.

There’s truly something for everyone, no matter if you’re a history buff, sports fanatic, wildlife fan, adrenaline junkie, birder, wine and liqueur lover, foodie or just looking for a family break!

The towns and villages that make up the Greater Swellendam Area are Swellendam, Suurbraak, Barrydale, Buffeljachts, Stormsvlei, Malagas and Cape Infanta – each has its own very special identity, but share a historical link with trade and trading in many forms.


Swellendam owes its original development and existence to the relationships that existed between the Khoi people who supported and bartered with the Trekboers and the Ambagswerf at the Drostdy Museum was built to demonstrate the trades and skills that Swellendam was renowned for.

In the mid-19th century, the little hamlet of Malgas once played a much bigger role in the Overberg than it does today.  Because the Breede is navigable for around 50km inland to Malgas, this was once an important trading port that served the whole area. From around 1860 onwards it was quicker to transport goods from Cape Town by ship than by ox wagon, and so this river route was a lifeline for the region.

The Sugar Bridge at Buffeljagsrivier, the Trading Post in Suurbraak, the mercantile background which was the foundation of both Barrydale and Infanta , and the important position of Stormsvlei as a refreshment post for the pioneering Trekboers as they carved out new lives for themselves, all of these bear testament to the history of South Africa as it developed through trade and commerce.


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Suurbraak – Enterprise in Paradise

    Suurbraak, a small village close to Swellendam, is rich in history. The first inhabitants of the area were the Attaqua of ...
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Valentines Day

Romance is alive and kicking around Swellendam - if you haven't made a plan for Valentines Day yet there plenty of ...
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Belgium rider back to defend TransCape MTB title

Swiss and British mountain biking stars also in the line-up The second edition of the exclusive, multi stage TransCape MTB Cycle Race ...
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Barrydale parade 5

Die Name Wat Ons Gee

Die Name wat ons gee is a site specific community puppetry performance event, created by community organisation Net Vir Pret, ...
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There is something for every taste. Our restaurants are owner managed. Food & service comes with pride and attention to detail – where possible, food is locally sourced and prepared with passion.read more »


You’re on the doorstep of some of the greatest wine routes, on the front stoep of some of the most glorious mountains, in the lap of tremendous unspoilt beaches and awesome attractions.

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Stay in guesthouses, B&B’s, historical buildings, cottages, arty hotels, and mountain cabins. Expect a warm welcome and excellent service, from people who will share the secrets of this beautiful place.

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Something for everyone and on the way to everywhere. History buffs, sports fanatics, wildlife fans, adrenaline junkies, birders, families, water babies, wine & liqueur lovers and foodies: Unite.

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