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.
THE CAPE TRADE ROUTE
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.
CAPE TRADE ROUTE DIARY
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.
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.