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Swellendam

Just a couple of hours east of cape town the road takes you to the most southern part of Africa, known as the Overberg. The Greater Swellendam Area is situated in the north east of the Overberg where you can forget the busy city and relax in a country atmosphere.

The town of Swellendam is the third oldest in the country with over 50 National monuments.

The Greater Swellendam area is a holiday destination satisfying a variety of intrests. From the majestic Langeberg mountains, gateway to the Klein Karoo and the garden route. Farming, river adventures, whale nursery, hiking, nature reserves, history dating back to the 1700's, wine farms plus a good selection of accommodation and restaurants.

The area is a botanist's dream with an abundance of wild flowers and fynbos. The 250ha indigenous forest at Grootvadersbosch is the most noteworthy in the southwestern Cape. Woods like these are rare to find in the Cape this far west of the Knysna forests.

Wildlife such as the endangered Bontebok and Cape Mountain Zebra abound: Bushbuck, Klipspringer, Grey Rhebuck, Cape Grysbok, Baboon, Mongoose, Genet and the occasional Leopard. As well as a species of ghost frog and a unique Forest Emperor Butterfly. Witsand, a small coastal town about 50km from Swellendam is one of the best whale viewing spots on the South coast as it is the largest whale nursery in South Africa.[citation needed]

Of the impressive 200 species of birds you stand a chance to spot: Waterfowl, Crowned eagle, the black eagle, Narina Trogon, Paradise Flycatcher and the Knysna Woodpecker.

The town is situated at the foot of the Langeberg (Long mountain), and there are many hiking trails, ranging from day-walks to a 5 to 7 day trail.