The Drostdy Open air Museum is one of the finest country museums in South Africa. The Museum is a collection of historic buildings arranged around large grounds and a lovely nineteenth century Cape garden. The Museum Complex consists of several buildings: the Drostdy, the Old Goal, the Secretary House, Zanddrift, and Ambagswerf (the Trades yard) with an interesting display of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century farm implements and rural tools. From the rear garden of the Drostdy, you can walk to ‘Mayville’, a middle class Victorian homestead from the mid-nineteenth century with an old rose garden. The Drostdy itself dates from 1746, Mayville is dating back to 1853. A stroll around the complex includes some of the most picturesque streets in the town.
More information: www.drostdymuseum.com
Golf players will appreciate this nine-hole golf course, beautifully situated with spectacular views of the Langeberg Mountains and the Marloth Nature Reserve. The green fees are low. This course is in excellent condition, and less crowded than the golf courses in the regions of Cape Town and George. The Swellendam Golf course is a challenge for all handicaps.
Sulina Fairy Sanctuary is a local attraction for people of all age groups. Thousands of fairies are displayed in the house, and others found shelter in the magical garden full of indigenous plants and herbs.
More information: swellendamsfairysanctuary.blogspot.com
Swellendam has drawn a number of creative people who find inspiration in the beauty of the town and surrounding area. Bukkenburg Pottery Studio is a fine pottery studio and a heritage house situated in a delightful country garden. The studio and showroom are open every day. You are welcome to browse and enjoy the impressive range of products: high temperature, reduction-fired stoneware and porcelain.
More information: www.pottery.co.za/
The Hermitage Valley is situated on the fringe of Swellendam and it is the largest youngberry growing area in the world. Visitors are welcome at Wildebraam Liquors at a youngberry farm situated on the fringe of town. In addition to farming berries, a private cellar produces unique South African liqueurs: youngberry, honey, fennel, and rooibos. Liqueurs can be sampled in the tasting room.