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Swellendam Hotels & B&Bs

Founded in 1743, Swellendam is South Africa's 6th oldest town (after Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Paarl, Malmesbury and Simon's Town). List of hotels in Swellendam (Western Cape, South Africa). To check hotel prices, use the hotel price comparison tool on the right.

Swellendam is situated halfway between Cape Town and George (2 hour drive either way), making it a popular spot to overnight.



Aan de Oever Guest House

21 Faure Street
Western Cape Province
South Africa

Tel: 028 514 1066
Fax: 028 514 1086

Bloomestate Guest House

276 Voortrek Street
Western Cape Province
South Africa

Tel: 028 514 2984
Fax: 028 514 3822

Augusta de Mist Country Guest House

3 Human Street
Western Cape Province
South Africa

Tel: 028 514 2425
Fax: 028 514 2057

De Kloof Luxury Estate

8 Weltevrede Street
Western Cape Province
South Africa

Tel: 028 514 1303
Fax: 028 514 1304

Frog Mountain

Frog Mountain Getaway
Western Cape Province
South Africa

Tel: 028 512 3732

Cell: 083 677 2171

The Hideaway Garden Route Bed & Breakfast

10 Hermanus Steyn Street
Western Cape Province
South Africa

Tel: 028 514 3316
Fax: 028 514 3316

La Rachelle Guest House

8 Somerset Street
Western Cape Province
South Africa

Tel: 028 514 2383
Fax: 028 514 2208

Schoone Oordt Country House

1 Swellengrebel Street
Western Cape Province
South Africa

Tel: 028 514 1248
Fax: 028 514 1249

Swellendam Backpackers Adventure Lodge

5 Lichtenstein Street
Western Cape Province
South Africa


Tel: 028 514 2648
Fax: 028 514 2648

Swellendam Bed & Breakfast

10 Somerset Street
Western Cape Province
South Africa

Tel: 028 514 3534
Cell: 083 284 7829

Swellengrebel Hotel

91 Voortrek Street
Western Cape Province
South Africa

Tel: 028 514 1144
Fax: 028 514 2453

History of Swellendam

Initially used as a replenishment station, in 1743 Swellendam was declared a magisterial district (the 3rd oldest in South Africa).

Frog Mountain

Frog Mountain is a family-oriented holiday spot which is geared towards outdoor activities. The place feels like a chapter straight out of Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn, and your kids will love it. As Capetonians accustomed to drought conditions, we were pleased to hear that Frog Mountain has endless water – no water restrictions here – you can shower for as long as you like!


We booked into Frog Mountain from the 19th to the 22nd Dec 2017; booked into Nguni Cottage (4 adults and 4 kids) and Sam’s Place (4 adults and 8 kids) for the 3 nights. The total bill was R17,700.

There's a television with satellite TV, but you wont need it - this is an outdoors place. Units have their own bathrooms.

The units/rondavels have complimentary tea/coffee and come with bedding and towels supplied. There is an indoor fireplace (for heat and ambience, not for braaing). Do not expect the units to be or feel brand spanking new - the units have been lived in, and being in the outdoors there may be some spiders lurking around.


The Buffeljags River provides opportunities for river activities like caonoeing, and there is a foefie slide (zip line) into the river. There's also a pool for those who prefer not to swim in the river.

They informed us that they have improved the walk to the waterfall and are in the process of improving all signage/directions for the Mountain hikes and mountain biking. The waterfall is perennial, meaning it can be enjoyed at all times of year, and is within a 20 minute walk of the units. There are further walks where you can experience the mountain fynbos.

For a different type of walk, go and get lost in the labyrinth.

The kiddies playground includes a mini soccer field, netball net, jungle gym, tractor and trampoline. A great spot for your kids to have fun and make new friends.

The indoor playroom offers board games and table tennis.

They have their own fishing dam with Bream/Tilapia – they do not supply fishing rods, so bring your own – fine to just use bread/meat etc as bait.

Bird watchers will enjoy the abundance of bird life.


Remember that Frog Mountain are self-catering, and the nearest shop is 20 minutes away - don't forget all your food and drinks. They do have a mini shop selling drinks/chips etc.

There is an outdoor communal braai area.

They supply a reasonable amount of wood – 1 bag per night – if you require any extra wood, then this available at the shop.

Don't forget to bring

  • Torch

  • Beach Umbrella

  • River shoes

  • Swimming towels

  • Bikes - very safe for cycling

  • Insect repellent - sometimes necessary.


It takes some 2h 45m to get from Cape Town to Frog Mountain. Do not use a GPS to find the spot, as this will direct you down the wrong road. Use the very clear directions as follows: - To get to the farm from Swellendam, you drive for about 9km past Swellendam on the N2 until you see a prison on your left hand side. You take the "Sparrabosch" turnoff which is directly after the prison on the left (a right turn would take you to the little dorp of Buffeljagsrivier). Drive along this gravel road for about 8 km until you come to a farm gate - go through the farm gate and drive for a further 1km until you come to Frog Mountain - follow the signs to the reception.


Nestled at the bottom of the Langeberg Mountain range, which runs chiefly in an east-west direction, and its high point - Misty Peak (1710m) - the subrange it forms part of is called "Clock Peaks", with local legend being that you can tell the time by looking at the shadows of the 7 mountain summits. The Clock Peaks lies within the Marloth Nature Reserve. The fit may want to try the 4 day Swellendam Hiking Trail.

The Langeberg Mountains in turn form part of the "Cape Fold Mountains" (which includes the Swartberg Mountains) which are part of the Table Mountain Sandstone Group. It's a good feeling to know there is a geographic connection to being in Prince Albert (Swartberg Mountain) to Swellendam, and even Cape Town.

On the opposite side of the Langeberg Mountains, to the north of Swellendam, lies the Karoo area.

Restaurants in Swellendam

Restaurants in Swellendam include La Sosta, Roosje van de Kaap, Powell House, De Vagebond, Koornlands, Mattsens & Woodpecker.

La Sosta Restaurant

Here's some photos of La Sosta restaurant (which doubles as a Bed & Breakfast) in Swellendam - a delightful spot run by an Italian couple from Milan.

La Sosta restaurant Anno Domini 1838

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