A Local

The main aim with this website/blog:

To make The Good Life in Swellendam more accessible to locals and non-locals.

The things my family and I get to do in the Swellendam area, makes me feel like we're living The Good Life. This is however only my opinion and not a fact. So if you like the stuff I post on Facebook, or the photos below, don't miss out on the great things to be enjoyed in Swellendam and the surrounding area. 

My name is Sakkie and I am a farmer in Swellendam, South Africa. I live on our farm with my wife, Corlia, and our two boys.


I was born on the farm, went to the local schools and studied at the University of Stellenbosch. For four years I worked as an engineer, before I returned to Swellendam. I am currently farming with my parents. I have two brothers.


I started building this site in Aug 2015 because I wanted to share my love for Swellendam and its people.


In Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell writes that studies indicate a person becomes an expert at a skill after spending 10,000 dedicated hours at it. That is about the time it would take an engineer to register as a professional engineer.


Seeing as I have been a Swellendam Local since 1980, I guess that makes me a professional Local.

So let me be your guide to The Good Life in Swellendam. According to a Local.

Check out on Facebook:

Visit Swellendam

The photos I use on this website are not all my own. The group constantly providing good content or inspiring content has grown over the years. Meet the  other Locals.


* No income is generated from my blog, this website or the Facebook "Visit Swellendam". What you see there, is what I like to do, am doing or would like to do, in a town that I love.


I always refer to the owners of anything I feature.

However, if you have a problem with your work appearing here let me know and I will remove it.


I do not accept sponsored posts.

Everything I write in my website, blogs of Facebook is done in my own plattelandse Afrikaans/English way. I will only write about things that I love and would like others to enjoy as well. I generate no income from these.


So if you read something in my blog or on Facebook, you can rest assured that it is a true reflection of my personal experience and not something that I was paid to write. 

If you have any questions on "The Good Life": visitswellendam@gmail.com

Swellendam Tourism Website

After being asked to do so in Dec 2016, I redesigned this site to accommodate the whole Swellendam Municipal Area. This contract ended in July 2020.

At the moment I am just grateful to be living the Good Life in Swellendam. No contracts, no obligations. And when I say "Swellendam" that includes Barrydale, Suurbraak, Buffeljagsrivier and Malgas. Locals with positive vibes, creative ideas and passion for all things wonderful in Swellendam is what drives the effort that go into this website.

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