Activities

Bontebok Park

Bontebok National Park is a place of simplistic beauty and peaceful charm. The majestic Langeberg Mountains provide a picturesque backdrop for this Park of colorful riches.

The perfect place for a day visit with the family or friends, when in the surrounding area of Swellendam and surrounding towns. Enjoy a picnic on the banks of the Breede River, or braai at one of the designated braai spots, or Die Stroom function centre, also on the banks of the Breede.

Swellendam Golf Course

Swellendam’s 9 hole, par 72 golf course is unique in it’s beautiful setting – nestling at the foot of the magnificent Langeberg mountains, with views overlooking the town, surrounding farms and the Hermitage Valley.

Open to the public 7 days a week, this club welcomes visitors local and abroad. The clubhouse is manned daily from 08h00 to 19h00, except on sundays when the club’s opening hours are shorter.

The Tradouw Pass

The Tradouw Pass (which means Womens Path in the old Khoi language) is a 16 kilometer drive through an altitude range of 219 meters through some of the most beautiful and rugged mountain scenery on offer in the Langeberg. This pass is undoubtedly in the Top 20 tarred passes in the Western Cape on an overall rating.

It joins the towns of Barrydale and Swellendam and was originally built by Thomas Bain.

Drostdy Museum

The Drostdy was built by the Dutch East India Company in 1747 to serve as residence and official headquarters for the Landdrost. Soon after a gaol, a house for the secretary, a mill and various outbuildings were erected.

The first Landdrost to be appointed to this district was Johannes Theophilus Rhenius and he was assisted by a board of burger heemraden and subordinates like secretary and a gaoler as well as many slaves. From 1827 the Drostdy was occupied by the civil commissioner who, with the resident magistrate, replaced the board of Landdrost and heemraden when they were abolished by the British colonial government.

In 1846 the government sold the Drostdy and the property was subdivided. In 1855 the former Drostdy was bought by the Steyn family and it remained in the hands of this family until 1939 when it was bought by the government of the Union of South Africa for the purpose of establishing a museum.

Rain Africa

The Rain Forest Day Spa employs qualified therapists with a passion for natural wellness and beauty from within. Our spa menu offers pampering, relaxing, and de-stress treatments, catering for amongst others couples, brides and pregnant moms. There is a comprehensive menu featuring rituals specifically developed for Rain and which are unique to our Rain Day spa.

The Rain Forest Day Spa is located next door to the Rain Swellendam store and will transport you to a mythical rain forest. Rain’s very own 100% natural Biologie product range is used in the spa’s for treatments and is available for sale in all Rain stores.

Wildebraam Berry Estate

Wildebraam Berry Estate stuns and delights visitors who come to enjoy the ‘Wildebraam Experience’: beautiful surroundings, friendly enthusiastic staff who eagerly share the intricacies of liqueur making and berry farming, and the opportunity to taste ten unique South African Liqueurs.

From November to January picking your own youngberries and blackberries is and additional activity and the fun-filled Wildebraam Berry Festival takes place every year in early December. Owners Natalie and Martyn Turck have grown Wildebraam Berry Esate from scratch in 1996 into Swellendam’s “BERRIED TREASURE” with an unwavering focus on quality and hospitality.