Welcome to the Greater Municipal Area of Swellendam.

Bringing together the seven towns of the Greater Swellendam Area: Swellendam, Suurbraak, Barrydale, Buffeljagsrivier, Stormsvlei, Malgas and Cape Infanta, the Cape Trade Route has a long history, colourful history steeped in trade. Each of our ‘dorpies’ has their own unique character and history, with a strong community, local crafters with fascinating tales to tell.

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

QUIRKY, COUNTRY, REBELLIOUS   

Before Swellendam had a name it had a history: proof of which can be seen by the grave of Lang Else in Bontebok Park. Lang Else was the tall female chieftain of one of the fourteen original Khoi-khoi tribes who inhabited the area.  Then came the colonialists who founded Swellendam in 1745 – the third settlement after Cape Town and Stellenbosch.  Many of the buildings from that time remain and can be visited, admired and photographed.

UNIQUE, ABUNDANT, PARADISE

Malgas is host to the only remaining hand drawn Pont in South Africa, which has been in operation since 1860. The Tradouw Pass: follow the Woman’s Way; one of the most beautiful passes: collect fresh mountain water, discover the secret San rock art.  Suurbraak: Spend some time in the historic mission village of Suurbraak

 

FUN, FESTIVALS, FAERIES

A light hearted spirit and a sense of fun is evident everywhere you go in this wonderful part of the Overberg: where else could you find a magical garden dedicated to giving sanctuary to Faeries? Where else could you find a whole community coming together to raise money for local charities with Art Challenges and Berry Races? A Maze made entirely of Berry Bushes? A Puppet Parade through the streets every Christmas?

NATURAL, AUTHENTIC, WHOLESOME

Visit any of the seven towns on the Cape Trade Route and you will be blown away by the quality of the produce! Here the coastal restaurants serve fish fresh from the ocean – and further inland, the cheeses, meats and fruits are served seasonally and sourced locally.

Hand-me-down traditional recipes feature, along with chic award winning fine dining menus. The variety and choice of restaurants is endless, and all take pride in top notch quality food and service.

Follow the food and wine route through Stormsvlei and Bonnievale and experience the laid-back country wine estates along the Breede River, linger at the speciality food outlets, including cheeseries, bakeries and berry estates.

ADVENTURE, ACTION, ADRENALINE

There are many ways for the X-treme Addict to satisfy their desire to court danger: but also some safe family thrill-seeking activities on offer. Take your pick from the longest fuffi slide in South Africa, a five day hiking trail through the Langeberg Mountain, mountain biking on some of the most amazing trails through mountains and reserves, horse-trekking, micro-light flying, quad biking, and off road 4 x 4 trails. The stunning Breede River lends itself to many watery activities, so you can go croc paddling, fishing, swimming, canoeing and water skiing. If a leisurely game of golf or bowls, or a peaceful afternoon’s fishing is enough to get your heart pumping, that’s ok too!

CRAFTS CREATIVITY COMMUNITY                     

Many renowned artists are drawn by the beauty of the area: there is a wealth of art, sculpture, potters, weavers, and musicians. In Barrydale the community recycles rubbish to create wonderful works of art: one of which (a chandelier) hangs proudly in The White House, USA. Dance has emerged as a strong community binder: riel dancers, ballet dancers, traditional African dancing all treated with equivalent respect and enthusiasm. Weaving, woodworking, chair making and quilting: traditional crafts in which local community members participate. Music – from rock to sokkie-sokkie, from gospel choirs to opera, from jazz to classical, the biscuit-tin boys to Tokkie’s string band the talented folk of the region can always entertain you: in the street - at a Festival, or in one of the small intimate venues.

BIRDS WHALES FYNBOS BOKS

This is an area with abundant nature reserves: Bontebok National Park is the smallest SANPark in South Africa with the greatest diversity: many species of scarce birds are plentiful here.  Rare fynbos, Cape Mountain Zebra, the once endangered Bontebok, Red Hartebeest and many other small African mammals make game spotting a treat. Marloth Nature Reserve holds delights for the hiker, the climber and the cyclist, with marked trails inviting you to venture to the peaks and waterfall and collecting porcupine quill. Want to see whales? From July to early December Cape Infanta is the whale nursery: the mothers and their calves come so close to the low cliffs of the village, you feel like you can reach out and touch them – the males cavort along the horizon – showing off their magnificent skills of breaching, spy-hopping, slapping and lob-tailing! Whales can also be seen from the magnificent white beaches of De Hoop Nature Reserve.

Welcome to the Cape Trade Route

Bringing together the seven towns of the Greater Swellendam Area: Swellendam, Suurbraak, Barrydale, Buffeljagsrivier, Stormsvlei, Malgas and Cape Infanta, the Cape Trade Route has a long history, colourful history steeped in trade. Each of our ‘dorpies’ has their own unique character and history, with a strong community, local crafters with fascinating tales to tell.

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

QUIRKY, COUNTRY, REBELLIOUS

Before Swellendam had a name it had a history: proof of which can be seen by the grave of Lang Else in Bontebok Park. Lang Else was the tall female chieftain of one of the fourteen original Khoi-khoi tribes who inhabited the area.  Then came the colonialists who founded Swellendam in 1745 – the third settlement after Cape Town and Stellenbosch.  Many of the buildings from that time remain and can be visited, admired and photographed.

UNIQUE, ADUNDANT, PARADISE

Malgas is host to the only remaining hand drawn Pont in South Africa, which has been in operation since 1860. The Tradouw Pass: follow the Woman’s Way; one of the most beautiful passes: collect fresh mountain water, discover the secret San rock art.  Suurbraak: Spend some time in the historic mission village of Suurbraak

FUN, FESTIVALS, FAERIES

A light hearted spirit and a sense of fun is evident everywhere you go in this wonderful part of the Overberg: where else could you find a magical garden dedicated to giving sanctuary to Faeries? Where else could you find a whole community coming together to raise money for local charities with Art Challenges and Berry Races? A Maze made entirely of Berry Bushes? A Puppet Parade through the streets every Christmas?

NATURAL, AUTHENTIC, WHOLESOME

Visit any of the seven towns on the Cape Trade Route and you will be blown away by the quality of the produce! Here the coastal restaurants serve fish fresh from the ocean – and further inland, the cheeses, meats and fruits are served seasonally and sourced locally.

Hand-me-down traditional recipes feature, along with chic award winning fine dining menus. The variety and choice of restaurants is endless, and all take pride in top notch quality food and service.

Follow the food and wine route through Stormsvlei and Bonnievale and experience the laid-back country wine estates along the Breede River, linger at the speciality food outlets, including cheeseries, bakeries and berry estates.

ADVENTURE, ACTION, ADRENALINE

There are many ways for the X-treme Addict to satisfy their desire to court danger: but also some safe family thrill-seeking activities on offer. Take your pick from the longest fuffi slide in South Africa, a five day hiking trail through the Langeberg Mountain, mountain biking on some of the most amazing trails through mountains and reserves, horse-trekking, micro-light flying, quad biking, and off road 4 x 4 trails. The stunning Breede River lends itself to many watery activities, so you can go croc paddling, fishing, swimming, canoeing and water skiing. If a leisurely game of golf or bowls, or a peaceful afternoon’s fishing is enough to get your heart pumping, that’s ok too!

CRAFTS CREATIVITY COMMUNITY

Many renowned artists are drawn by the beauty of the area: there is a wealth of art, sculpture, potters, weavers, and musicians. In Barrydale the community recycles rubbish to create wonderful works of art: one of which (a chandelier) hangs proudly in The White House, USA. Dance has emerged as a strong community binder: riel dancers, ballet dancers, traditional African dancing all treated with equivalent respect and enthusiasm. Weaving, woodworking, chair making and quilting: traditional crafts in which local community members participate. Music – from rock to sokkie-sokkie, from gospel choirs to opera, from jazz to classical, the biscuit-tin boys to Tokkie’s string band the talented folk of the region can always entertain you: in the street - at a Festival, or in one of the small intimate venues.

BIRDS WHALES FYNBOS BOKS

This is an area with abundant nature reserves: Bontebok National Park is the smallest SANPark in South Africa with the greatest diversity: many species of scarce birds are plentiful here.  Rare fynbos, Cape Mountain Zebra, the once endangered Bontebok, Red Hartebeest and many other small African mammals make game spotting a treat. Marloth Nature Reserve holds delights for the hiker, the climber and the cyclist, with marked trails inviting you to venture to the peaks and waterfall and collecting porcupine quill. Want to see whales? From July to early December Cape Infanta is the whale nursery: the mothers and their calves come so close to the low cliffs of the village, you feel like you can reach out and touch them – the males cavort along the horizon – showing off their magnificent skills of breaching, spy-hopping, slapping and lob-tailing! Whales can also be seen from the magnificent white beaches of De Hoop Nature Reserve.

Are you ready to start EXPLORING the SWELLENDAM REGION?

SWELLENDAM TOURISM

(HEAD OFFICE)

     

​Phone: + 27 (0) 28 514 2770


Fax: + 28 (0) 28 514 2422


Email: swellendam@swellendamtourism.co.za

BARRYDALE TOURISM

      

     

​Phone: + 27 (0) 28 572 1572


Fax: + 28 (0) 28 514 2422


Email: barrydale@swellendamtourism.co.za