In the evenings and early mornings I wandered through the back streets of Swellendam, camera in hand. I loved the quietness, the peace, and the beautiful trees and flowers.
I wanted to walk in the countryside and decided we should visit the De Hoop Nature Reserve – it was not a wholly successful expedition. Firstly I had not found the map on the Reserve website… Big mistake! It clearly showed the roads we should … Continued
The Swellendam Museum is housed various buildings: The Drostdy, Mayville House, The Old Goal, Ambagswerf, and Zanddrift. We had seen The Drostdy and Mayville House and rather whizzed through the remaining two buildings. We returned later to linger in the third, Zanddrift, now The Drostdy Restaurant.
Swellendam was initially established as a trading post by the Dutch East India Company and declared a magisterial district in 1743. It is the third oldest town in South Africa (after Cape Town and Stellenbosch) and named after Governor Hendrik Swellengrebel, the first Governor … Continued
We visited Oudtshoorn to spend time with a relative. There are plenty of restaurants in the town but we particularly enjoyed lunch at Buffelsdrift Game Lodge, which I highly recommend. Oudtshoorn was founded c.1847 and named after Baron Pieter van Rheede van Oudtshoorn (1714-73), a Governor-Designate … Continued