Nestled at the foot of the Langeberg Mountains, Swellendam has much to offer for visitors interested in history, nature, and outdoor activities. Situated on the N2, approximately 240km from both Cape Town and George, Swellendam is the perfect choice for a stopover or as a base from which to explore the area.
Swellendam offers a variety of accommodation to suit all tastes. This range includes a hotel, luxury guest houses, Bed and Breakfast establishments, chalets, caravans and camping facilities, as well as self-contained cottages on local farms.
Rainfall is distributed throughout the year (55% winter and 45% summer). There is little wind and temperatures are moderate. There is no shortage of water and the gardens are lush and lush. The cost of living is reasonable and the city is clean, efficient and well managed.
The people are friendly and there are no political conflicts with a virtual absence of serious crime.
The city was founded by the Dutch East India Company in 1745 in order to exert control over the independent frontiersmen who migrated through the Hottentot mountains from Holland in the early 18th century. A landdrost was named and a Drostdy and other buildings were erected. The district and town were named after the reigning Governor of the Cape, Hendrik Swellengrebel, and his wife, Helena Ten Damme.
Over time, a village was established opposite the Drostdy, across the Koornlands River, where craftsmen settled, including numerous carpenters and merchants. For travelers and explorers, the services of these townspeople were indispensable, as Swellendam was the last outpost of civilization on the eastern frontier.
By the mid-19th century, the eastern districts had been settled by British colonists and Swellendam was a thriving metropolis. The town served as a useful refreshment point on the long, slow journey up the coast.
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