Top things to do in Swellendam

Bontebok National Park

Bontebok National Park is on the banks of the Breede River, just 5km from Swellendam. When the Bontebok species was approaching extinction in the early 1800s (approximately 17 Bontebok left) some land owners set aside portions of their properties to form temporary reserves for the Bontebok. Mr. P. V. van der Byl, his son, Mr. A. van der Byl, and the van Breda and Albertyn families recognised the perilous situation of the species – without these families’ efforts the Bontebok might well have become extinct. Today your chances of seeing Bontebok, Blesbok or Zebra are very good. 


The accommodation has a magnificent view of the Breede River, with its own braai, swimming area and ablution. There are chalets and a campsite. The rest area is called Lang Elsie's kraal in commemoration of the Khoi female chief that lived in this area. With a chance of waking up to a Bontebok grazing near your head - there couldn't be a better camping spot. Even Jan Braai has camped here.


Die Stroom

Unwind on the banks of the Breede River. Picnic, braai and ablution facilities are available and can be used by day visitors. Bring your own fire wood and grill. The facilities at Die Stroom can be booked out for functions and is equipped to cater for 50 people. There is a spacious wooden deck overlooking the Breede River. This area has a built-in braai and kitchen.


Shops and Food

No shop, restaurant or fuel station available inside the Park. These are available 5km away in the town of Swellendam. The tap water is safe to drink.


Hot Summers and Cold Winters
Most rain: March, October and November
> Mountain Biking
> Hiking
> Angling (buy permit at Park)
> Bird watching
> Swimming (day visitors can do this at Die Stroom)
> Canoeing/Kayaking (bring your own equipment)​
Bontebok Office Tel: +27 (0)28 514 2735
SANSPark Bookings Tel: +27 (0)12 428 9111

> No shop, restaurant or fuel station available inside the Park. These are available 5km away in Swellendam.

> Dogs are not allowed.

> Tap water is safe to drink.

> This is Africa. Remember sunscreen, hats and water.

> Bring your own fire wood.

> Day visitors can swim and Braai at Die Stroom


Hiking Trails

The Acasia, Aloe and Bushbuch Trails start at the same spot and follow routes along the Breede River. There are parking and a tap at the start to fill up your water bottles. The Blue Crane Trail starts at another location and does not have a tap. No Google Maps available yet.


Mountain Bike Trails

* Sun gazer MTB Route added in 2017 - only marked trail. 

The mountain bike trails are not technical, without a lot of climbing. Do not let this fool you, you can expect a good workout. This park is not more than 5km from any location in Swellendam.


Note: These trails are not marked, but the routes are clear and pretty easy to follow. You will struggle to get completely lost - the Langeberg mountains make it easy to orientate yourself.

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