For the more adventurous type. From hiking and biking, watersports and some exploring, we have something for everyone.
Hiking & Biking
De Hoop Nature Reserve
De Hoop Nature reserve is approximately 340 square kilometers in area, making it one of the largest natural areas managed by Cape Nature. You’ll be surrounded by the sea, sand dunes, fynbos and mountains. Besides enjoying the breathtaking views, the private beaches, game drive you can discover a wealth of marine, bird, animal and rare plant species. De Hoop Nature Reserve is a 1.5-hour gravel road drive from Swellendam, and definitely worth the drive.
Tips for traveling to De Hoop:
- There is no fuel station in De Hoop.
- Conservation fees are payable at the gate upon arrival.
- De Hoop Nature Reserve Gate opens at 7 am and closes at 6 pm.
- The whale season runs from the end of May through to November.
The Swellendam Trails are the property of the municipality and free to access. There are different routes that each offer a vast variety of difficulty, distances, elevation and a lot of fun. Ideal for mountain biking and trail running.
Here are some of the popular routes:
33km – 870m climb;
21km – 475m climb;
10km – 236m climb;
5km – 143m climb.
Form more information and route maps visit https://www.visitswellendam.co.za/swellendam-trails
Marloth Nature Reserve
Marloth Nature Reserve is a hidden gem in the majestic Swellendam Mountains. Marloth offers various day trails, ranging from easy, short walks to more strenuous, longer hikes. These trails lead into the shady green indigenous forest, where cool pools and waterfalls wait to be discovered. Day walks are open from sunrise to sunset. Grab your permit at the Marloth Main Office.
Duiwelsbos (2km/250m climb), Koloniesbos (2km/150m climb), The Plaat (9km/528m climb), Wamakersbos (10.5km/720m climb), Twaalfuurkop (12km/1200m climb) and Tienuurkop (8km/1000m climb).
Bontebok National Park
Join the locals for a free 5km timed parkrun every Saturday at 8:00 am for a fun 5km run/walk. The gravel route takes you on a downward spiral for 2,5km thereafter it starts to climb back up for the last 2,5km. The parkrun is dog friendly, keep them on a leash please. The weekly meeting spot is at the Marloth Nature Reserve gate. Please register before you join, it’s free.
Swellendam Golf Club
The Swellendam Golf Club is rated as one of the best 9-hole golf courses in the country. If that does not make you drive directly to Swellendam, then you definitely are not a golfer. Situated at the foot of the Langeberg Mountain overlooking the Hermitage Valley, the views from the golf course are spectacular.
The course and greens are in pristine condition and is open to the public 7 days a week and welcomes locals and internationals all year round. The course offers a variety of difficulties, what will test all golfers.
Felix Unite River Adventure
Looking for outdoor fun and adventure? Breede River Trips is perfect for a family get together or even a celebration. Experience all kinds of fun water activities. Choose from a variety of packages ranging from river rafting leisure weekends to fun filled day trips.
Buffeljags Dam – Umshanti
Umshanti is situated next to the Buffeljagsdam. Not only is it beautiful, but you can enjoy a variety of watersports. Book a cruise on a double decker barge for up to 30 people. You can braai, take a canoe trip to the waterfall, hike up the mountain, swim or just relax. Other activities include canoes for fishing, hiking or cycling along the river to mountain pools & waterfalls and of course some sightseeing.