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Swellendam

Afrikaans name: Swellendam

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Swellendam side street

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Swellendam main street

Swellendam's main street

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In 1652 the Dutch East India Company established a station, on the site of modern day Cape Town, to replenish passing ships. Traders started travelling inland to trade with the indigenous Khoikhoi people and they explored the area as far as Swellendam. Swellendam was declared as a magesterial district in 1743.

Today Swellendam has around 18,000 inhabitants. A variety of farming takes place in the area including sheep and dairy farming. Crops raised include wheat, oats and canola.

There are many reasons to visit Swellendam but one of the main ones is to see the many Cape Dutch buildings some of which have been declared as provinvial heritage sites.

Nature lovers will find plenty to keep them occupied. One can visit Bontebok National Park, Marloth Nature Reserve and Sanbona Wildflower Reserve. Bontebok National Park was establish to house some of the remaining Bontebok which had become endangered. In 1931 there were 17 Bontebok and today the park houses around 160. There are a number of hiking trails around Swellendam where one can experience the wide variety of flowers, fynbos and other flora.

Swellendam suburb

Above - A suburb in Swellendam with a backdrop of the mountains

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Dutch Reformed Church (1910)

Above - Dutch Reformed Church (1910)

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Surrounding countryside

Above - Stunning scenery a few kilometres outside Swellendam

Photo © Johan van Zyl

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