Archive: May 2020

The simple joys of a life in the country are not as easily described in words as they are through experiences. In this case, an experience made up of a simple loaf of bread; the “butcher’s bread” as the townsfolk…

This one literally has it all: deep, lush kloofs and waterfalls, swimming pools with views across Swellendam, a flat (plaat) top that can be taken at a trail running pace or used as a picnic break, and your choice of…

I love making things with my hands. I love lino printing. I enjoy the old fashioned, hands-on feel of carving with beautifully handcrafted tools. I love following the lines of my design on the linoleum block. Inking the lino and…

Greetings, my name is Bruce. If you live in Swellendam, you might have seen me walking down the main road or along the mountain trails. I love the outdoors. I feel more connected to the earth when I’m outside or…

This wonderful video, created by the team at The Beautiful News, perfectly captures a little taste of what treasures our town has to offer. It feels good, as a local, to see some familiar faces and places in such worldly…

Veggie Box Nature Cooking Food Swellendam Atelier Bread Bake Prep

Swellendam is nestled amidst the sprawling farmlands of the Overberg, which means a direct source of fresh, farm-to-table food. Our ever popular “Veggie Box” is delivered every week by a dedicated team committed to not only keeping things fresh and…

Wedged into the lush, forested folds that rise up to create 10 and 11 o’ clock peak, you will find a wooded, arched entryway. Behind this, the trees already lean heavily onto each other, creating a dappled tunnel that murmurs…

Pulled Pork Sandwhich Table Makers Brew Barrydale

A rare karoo rainshower is hitting the large glass windowpanes at Ryno’s micro-brewery in Barrydale. We’re onto our third game of domino’s when the sandwiches arrive; a hearty pulled pork on homemade rye. Paired perfectly with the saison style beer…

Sunday evenings are especially quiet in Swellendam. Weekend visitors have left for home, late rays of sun are splashing autumn leaves in shades of bright colour, and the smell of dinners being prepared around Drosdty street tempt our thoughts as…

Buffeljags Umshanti Dam Cruise Canoe Boat Swellendam Sunset

Chuck on your slops, grab some beers and a pack of wors, we’re heading out onto the dam today! Kosie’s double-decker river boat loads up a bunch of friends, canoes in tow, and moors just inside a deep shaded kloof…

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Hope is the thing with feathers That perches in the soul, And sings the tune without the words, And never stops at all, And sweetest in the gale is heard; And sore must be the storm That could abash the…

Family Dad Hiking Hike Child Swellendam Marloth Weekend Koloniesbos Dad

Sometimes a quick stroll is all you need for that afternoon “reset” in our nature reserve. Whether the legs are too young or the knees too old, the Koloniesbos trail offers you a gentle, circular meander through a cosy indigenous…

Buona fortuna! That means “Good Luck” in Italian. And we’re the lucky ones. We have La Sosta on our doorstep. La Sosta is world renowned as one of South Africa’s favourite fine dining Italian restaurants and it’s just down the…

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