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  • Elegant country lodge offering spacious, comfortable rooms
  • Lush garden in a verdant setting just outside town
  • Great base for exploring the historic town and scenic region

Swellendam Country Lodge

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

In Swellendam


-34.0361, 20.4263


Swellendam Country Lodge caters for those who prefer sedate holidays, placing the emphasis on pure comfort and relaxation. The elegant white building is surrounded by interesting and colourful gardens, which have been planted with flora ranging from strelitzias to aloes, proteas, palm trees, fruit trees and lilies. In season, guests can pick a juicy peach to munch on while enjoying the vibrancy of this little oasis.

Separate from the main house, the guest rooms open onto a different but equally pretty garden. The attractive reed ceilings provide good insulation and the wooden beams match the natural colours and high-quality furniture of each room. The modern fittings give an overall feel of sophisticated country elegance. One of the standard rooms has a King-size or twin beds, while the other has a Queen-size bed. En-suite bathrooms with a shower only, along with a slightly smaller size, are virtually the only differences between these and the luxury rooms.

For guests to enjoy the perfect Swellendam climate and the garden, every room has a verandah with a comfortable seating area.

Quality cotton linen on the beds ensures a peaceful night’s sleep, and fans, heaters, hair dryers, a mini-bar, safe, wireless internet and satellite television will make you feel even more at home. If you’re unfamiliar with the area, an information pack in each room gives you a detailed list of things to do.

A large swimming pool with loungers is situated at the main house and pool towels are provided by the lodge. Substantial outdoor breakfasts are served on the main verandah, or indoors next to the fireplace. Conveniently, the guest house is located right next door to two restaurants that serve country fare that perfectly complements the experience at the lodge.

The little town of Swellendam is perfect for a leisurely outing, with quaint shops, historical buildings, arts and crafts, intimate restaurants and the unique open-air Drostdy Museum being the most noteworthy attractions. Guests who feel a bit more energetic can go horse riding or hiking, while golfers can take on the well-maintained course in town. 

If you’re staying at the country lodge for a decent length of time then you can venture further afield, taking day trips to Cape Agulhas, the charming Little Karoo or the whale-watching paradise of De Hoop Nature Reserve, to name but a few. The information booklet in your room will guide you to the variety of other activities nearby.

Rates & Summary

2 Standard Rooms

One room with King-size/twin beds
Other room with Queen-size bed
En-suite shower
Private verandah

4 Luxury Rooms

Each sleeps 2 in King-size/twin beds
Full en-suite bathroom or shower only
Private verandah


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Continental and cooked breakfast included


Children of all ages are welcome.
A cot can be provided in one of the luxury rooms.

Why Stay Here?

Swellendam Country Lodge is situated in the lush countryside outside Swellendam and offers relaxed country accommodation in two standard and four luxury rooms. The modern country-style rooms at the lodge all have verandahs overlooking the stunning garden. This is a perfect place to escape the stress of modern life and simply unwind, while staff attend to your every need.


  • Elegant country lodge offering spacious, comfortable rooms
  • Lush garden in a verdant setting just outside town
  • Great base for exploring the historic town and scenic region

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, swimming towels, binoculars for bird watching.

Road Conditions

All the roads leading to the lodge are tarred.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pool

Nearby: museums, art galleries, crafts, wine-tasting, nature reserves, hiking, horse riding, canoeing, golf, township tour.


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Verandah / patio
  • Fan included
  • Heater included
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Swimming towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast
  • Licensed
  • Fridge or minibar


  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • Swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception

Access & Convenience

  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 2km
  • Nearest fuel within 1km


  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT not accepted
  • Cash accepted


  • Personal safe





Western Cape


The Overberg is a region that’s easy on the senses and pleasing to the eye. Its landscape is a tapestry of colours and meandering patterns, both natural and manmade. 

The region forms a relatively small part of the Western Cape; it is mostly rural, and is blessed with stunning scenery and unique highlights. Its largest town, Hermanus, is said to provide the best land-based whale watching in the world. It also has exquisite beaches, including the blue flag Grotto Beach, and the nearby Hemel-en-Aarde Valley epitomises the majestic beauty of the region.

Across Walker Bay, the towns of Gansbaai and Kleinbaai are best known for shark cage diving to see great whites at the hotspot near Dyer Island.

L’Agulhas stands at the southernmost point on the African continent, and is the meeting point of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans.

The Overberg fauna and flora is protected in the Bontebok National Park, and its nature reserves include De Hoop, De Mond, Salmons Dam, Marloth, and the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve. Staying with wildlife, the penguin colony at Stony Point in Betty’s Bay is also a tourist favourite.

Swellendam and the small mission towns of Genadendal and Elim are amongst the Overberg’s historic icons. Others that are popular with visitors are Greyton, Stanford, and Napier.

In summer the farmlands are dominated by shimmering shades of brown, the fields stripped of their winter crops and the bare earth ploughed into meandering combed patterns dotted with tightly compressed wheels of straw awaiting collection. Labourers’ cottages hunker down beneath old blue gums and on a cold day smoke drifts from their chimneys.

Throughout the year the early morning and late afternoon sun accentuates the sensual curves of the ridges wreathed in fynbos. When the winter rains return, the undulating, sometimes tiered fields shrug off their brown and slip into the vibrant greens of wheat, barley, and oats, and the brilliant yellow of the iconic canola. On still, sultry mornings, blue cranes, South Africa’s national bird, float overhead craaaaaaking as they go.

The coastline is punctuated by long sweeping bays and rocky outcrops that fringe the southern boundary of this landscape. Here one can spend hours sitting on the white sand, being mesmerised by the eternal activity of the sea.

Add to this a scattering of charming inland villages; locally produced beer, cheese, and wine; lighthouses, bird watching, and wonderful food, and it becomes evident why one needs plenty of time here.

Look out for

Southern-most tip of Africa - at L’Agulhas, which is also the official meeting point of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans. 

Shark cage diving - near Gansbaai there are several operators who do trips daily out to the Great Whites’ favourite hunting grounds near Dyer Island. 

Whale watching - the Overberg offers great land-based and boat-based whale watching (best between July and November). 

Beaches - the Overberg beaches are amongst the finest in South Africa. They include the longest beach in the southern hemisphere - at 14km - which curves along the coast at Struisbaai. 

Swellendam - is the third-oldest magisterial district in South Africa. At the base of the Langeberg Mountains on the N2 highway the town has an array of historic buildings including the Drostdy Museum.

Hermanus - On the coast in the west of the region. It is the largest town in the Overberg and popular with visitors all year round. It’s especially well known for its superb land-based whale watching.

Hemel-en-Aarde Valley - near Hermanus - this scenic area produces a range of wines and is known for its Pinot Noir.

Bontebok National Park - The smallest of South Africa’s National Parks, it not only protects the fauna within its boundaries but also endangered flora in the fynbos biome. In addition to the bontebok, the park is also home to Cape mountain zebra, red hartebeest, grey rhebuck, and Cape grysbok as well as 200 bird species. There are hiking and mountain-biking trails and fishing and swimming in the Breede River. The accommodation and campsite are situated at Lang Elsie’s Kraal amongst a riverine thicket of trees and aloes near the banks of the Breede River. This consists of 10 self-catering chalets with wheel chair access, and caravan and camping sites. There are also picnic spots with braai and ablution facilities for day visitors.

De Hoop Nature Reserve - Each year between June and November whales return to the rugged coastline of this 34 000 hectare reserve near Bredasdorp to breed. During this time the marine reserve supports 40% of the world’s Southern Right whale population. Although these may be the drawcard for many visitors there is much more in the line of nature-based activities for the visitor. Lowland fynbos is the dominant vegetation throughout the reserve and this supports bontebok, Cape mountain zebra, grey rhebuck, eland, and baboon, as well as many smaller mammals. It’s a great destination for ‘twitchers’, with the De Hoop vlei attracting a large number of water birds and pushing the recorded species to an impressive total of 260. Besides being able to walk anywhere in the reserve there are several day hikes and the popular 5-day whale trail. Accommodation options are varied from cottages and rondawels to restored houses and neat camping and caravan sites amongst the milkwood trees. Most accommodation is around what is known as Die Opstal near the fresh water vlei and park reception.

Wines - The region has some top class wineries that offer tasting and sales.

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