Swellendam

SWELLENDAM

Name:Swellendam
Location: > > Western Cape



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    Top Descriptions

    You’ll be greeted by the dramatic backdrop of the Langeberg Mountains upon arrival to Swellendam, and for the outdoor enthusiast, the town’s location between the and the couldn’t be better. While some may backpack into the Western Cape’s heartland to explore that very countryside on day or multiday hikes, most visitors come to Swellendam instead to stroll languidly amidst the museums and architecture of the third-oldest town in South Africa. Indeed, this town has charm aplenty, but it’s aimed mostly at an older and more civilised crowd. If you’ve yet to go grey and are looking to socialise, you probably won’t linger for too long here. Swellendam’s not as hip or as well facilitated as other spots in the Garden Route, but what it does offer up it offers up well. – Daniel
     
    The small, historical town of Swellendam sits at the base of the beautiful Langeberg range. On a clear day, these mountains provide a stupendous backdrop to the town’s numerous colonial era buildings and makes strolling the relatively quiet streets a pleasure. Importantly, despite its colonial air, Swellendam feels unpretentious and its proprietors friendly and sincere. With more than a few good restaurants, a mall and some of the major supermarkets, the town is well facilitated for its size. Sandwiched between the and the , Swellendam also offers good outdoor activities. For anyone who likes a decent hike and is happy to ascend 1,200 metres in a morning, the offers one of those awesome yet rare views; you can look across the land and right up to the ocean. Alternatively, the has game-drive, short-walk, and river-swimming opportunities. Providing you are not in search of a party, Swellendam is definitely a place that most could spend a few days. – Sarah

    Top Tips

    Swellendam is a lovely spot to spend a few days, especially if you like hiking. Don’t miss out on the or the .
    The restaurants in town can be very pleasant, but if you’re looking for somewhere cheaper try out the .
    If you’re looking for somewhere self-catering that’s great value for money, consider staying at .
     
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    The Town

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      Environment type:forest, mountain, river
      Location type:town
       
      Religion type:Christian

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      How much will it cost us?

      Currency:South African Rand (ZAR)
      Average daily budget:ZAR456

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      Average time taken:6 nights
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        How can we get in contact?

        Language(s):Afrikaans, English
        Timezone:UTC+02:00
        Country calling code:27

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        Geographical feature:Breede River, Langeberg Mountains

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        Number of attractions visited:11
         
        Travel time to attractions:20 minutes
        Travel time to next location:4 hours
         
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        Local Availability

          ItemSizeCost
          Beer (multinational)500mlZAR17
          Beer (national)500mlZAR13
          Fizzy drink1 litreZAR13
          Fruit juice1 litreZAR20
          Gin (multinational)1 litreZAR130
          Gin (national)1 litre
          Milk1 litreZAR10
          Oil1 litreZAR20
          Rum (multinational)1 litreZAR160
          Rum (national)1 litre
          Vodka (multinational)1 litreZAR125
          Vodka (national)1 litre
          Water1 litreZAR7
          Whisky (multinational)1 litreZAR130
          Whisky (national)1 litre
          Wine1 bottleZAR23
          ItemSizeCost
          Almonds100gZAR38
          Apples1kgZAR19
          Bananas1kgZAR13
          Bell pepper1kgZAR40
          Bread1 loafZAR12
          Carrots1kgZAR0
          Chillies1kgZAR80
          Chocolate (multinational)1 barZAR0
          Chocolate (national)1 barZAR9
          Coconut milk1 canZAR0
          Cucumber1kgZAR22
          Eggs1 dozenZAR18
          Garlic1kgZAR135
          Ginger1kgZAR0
          Honey1 jarZAR40
          Ice cream1 unitZAR14
          Jam1 jarZAR21
          Onions1kgZAR9
          Oranges1kgZAR0
          Pasta1kgZAR18
          Peanut butter1 jarZAR24
          Peanuts100gZAR10
          Potatoes1kgZAR11
          Raisins100gZAR7
          Rice1kgZAR11
          Sandwich1 unitZAR0
          Tomatoes1kgZAR18
          ItemSizeCost
          Antifungal shampoo1 bottleZAR0
          Conditioner1 bottleZAR27
          Condoms1 packZAR35
          Deodorant1 canZAR12
          Floss1 packZAR0
          Hand sanitizer1 bottleZAR0
          Laundry soap1 barZAR9
          Razors1 packZAR75
          Sanitary towels1 packZAR18
          Shampoo1 bottleZAR27
          Soap1 barZAR6
          Tampons1 boxZAR25
          Toilet roll1 unitZAR4
          Toothpaste1 tubeZAR11
          Washing powder1 boxZAR19
          ItemSizeCost
          Antiseptic cream1 tubeZAR33
          Bandages1 packZAR0
          Chapstick1 unitZAR0
          Contact lens solution1 bottleZAR0
          Headache tablets1 packZAR15
          Ibuprofen1 packZAR0
          Mosquito repellent1 bottleZAR0
          Nail clippers1 setZAR26
          Plasters1 packZAR14
          Sun cream1 bottleZAR0
          Sunglasses1 pairZAR0
          ItemSizeCost
          Batteries4-packZAR55
          Chilli powder100gZAR25
          Cigarettes (multinational)20-packZAR33
          Cigarettes (national)20-packZAR23
          Coriander100gZAR14
          Cumin100gZAR30
          Fuel1 litreZAR0
          Internet1 hourZAR0
          Lighter1 unitZAR0
          Matches1 packZAR0
          Paprika100gZAR25
          Travel multiadapter1 unitZAR0
          Travel plug1 unitZAR36
          Turmeric100gZAR25
          Stock1 packZAR0

          Local Cuisine

            DishCostAvailability
            Breakfast (continental)ZAR50
            Breakfast (cooked)ZAR71
            BobotieZAR112
            BurgerZAR87
            Burger (cheese)ZAR87
            Cake (slice)ZAR47
            CalamariZAR97
            California rollZAR70
            CarbonaraZAR94
            Cordon bleu (chicken)ZAR140
            Curry (generic – meat)ZAR140
            Cutlet (beef/chicken)ZAR145
            Eggs (how you like)ZAR26
            Fillet (beef)ZAR340
            Fish and chipsZAR101
            French friesZAR19
            Grilled (chicken)ZAR70
            Grilled (fish)ZAR128
            Ice cream (scoop)ZAR28
            Ice cream (sundae)ZAR26
            Lamb ShankZAR235
            LasagnaZAR102
            Lasagna (vegetarian)ZAR100
            DishCostAvailability
            Maki rollZAR70
            OmeletteZAR51
            OstrichZAR175
            Pancake (simple)ZAR25
            Pancake (loaded)ZAR35
            Pasta (meat)ZAR135
            Pasta (vegetable)ZAR89
            Pie (meat)ZAR106
            Pork chopsZAR100
            PrawnsZAR186
            QuicheZAR91
            Roasted (pork)ZAR112
            RoosterkoekeZAR85
            SaladZAR50
            Salad (meat)ZAR71
            Sandwich (basic)ZAR27
            Sandwich (loaded)ZAR42
            Soup (vegetarian)ZAR45
            Spring rollZAR50
            SteakZAR173
            WrapsZAR66
            BeverageCostAvailability
            Alcoholic mixed drinkZAR40
            Beer (multinational)ZAR24
            Beer (national)ZAR21
            Brandy (shot)ZAR14
            CappuccinoZAR21
            Cappuccino (Red/Rppoibos)ZAR23
            Cider (bottle)ZAR23
            CoffeeZAR18
            EspressoZAR21
            Fruit juice (concentrated)ZAR19
            Gin (shot)ZAR18
            Hot chocolateZAR25
            Ice TeaZAR27
            MilkZAR16
            MilkshakeZAR22
            Rum (shot)ZAR19
            Soft drinkZAR16
            TeaZAR15
            Tea (herbal)ZAR15
            Tequila (shot)ZAR19
            Vodka (shot)ZAR18
            Water (2L)ZAR51
            Whisky (shot)ZAR20
            Wine (bottle)ZAR130
            Wine (glass)ZAR26

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