Swellendam lies in the Overberg region halfway between Cape Town and the Garden Route, 240 kilometres east of Cape Town on the N2: an ideal and charming stopover. The town is surrounded by fertile, softly undulating farmland with the idyllic Breede River meandering through. In the background towers the protective Langeberg Range.
Swellendam was founded in 1746 by the Governor of the Cape Province, Hendrik Swellengrebel, and his wife Helena ten Damme. Swellendam is the third-oldest town in South Africa. Numerous buildings, both in the Cape Dutch and the Victorian styles, stand witness to the town's rich history. The Drostdy from the year 1749 is worth a visit. It used to be the governor's seat and nowadays houses a cultural history museum.
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Photo at the top: The beautiful Dutch-Reformed Church of Swellendam. Left: Swellendam in front of the Langeberg Mountains, surrounded by wheat fields.