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Swellendam is a town with13,629 inhabitants in the Western Cape province of South Africa. The town is the third oldest place of European settlement in South Africa and therefore offers some fine examples of Cape Dutch architecture.

Swellendam is situated on the N2, approximately 220km from both Cape Town and George.

The region has a predominantly Mediterranean climate. There are long summer days in January and February. During February and March, summer draws to a close, with prevailing South Easter winds. April and May are Autumnal months, with milder days and occasional showers. June and July bring the Cape Winter, with mild weather, rain and possible snow on the mountain tops. August and September are the start of spring.

Swellendam and surrounds has three nature reserves to offer, Marloth Nature Reserve, Sanbona Wildlife Reserve and Bontebok National Park. Bontebok National Park is where the rare Bontebok was protected when it was close to extinction. The population has increased from 17 individuals in 1931 to a sustainable number today.

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.

 

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