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Swellendam - Backpackers Adventure Lodge

5 Lichtenstein Street, Swellendam, 6740, South Africa

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Halfway between Cape Town and the Garden Route, Swellendam Backpackers is set in the most beautiful part of this historic town.

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Swellendam Hostel

Hostel Swellendam

Hostelling International

Welcome to our hostel

Historic and picturesque Swellendam is the prettiest and quaintest town on your travels on the Garden Route. This is a must stop to break your journey and learn about South African History and village life in South Africa.

Swellendam Backpackers Adventure Lodge lie at the foot of the Langeberg Mountains, a short walk to our Two Feathers Horse Riding stables in the Marloth Nature Reserve. Walking trips for beginners and trot canter outrides for advanced riders.

Hiking Trails in the Reserve takes you to the top of the mountain to enjoy the Cape Mountain Fynbos with uninterrupted views or up little pathways to hidden waterfalls in indigenous forests. Mountain Biking on beginner, intermediate and advanced trails at its best.

Swellendam is the perfect place to set up base camp and explore the surrounds of Cape Agulhas, the southern most tip of Africa, Robertson Wine Route, Malgas, Buffeljachts, with much to offer a variety of activities. Resting between the Langeberg Mountains and the N2 highway, approximately 240km from both Cape Town and George, Swellendam is the perfect choice for a halfway stopover and as a base from which to explore the area.


Prices are non-member prices

Dorms - Per guest per night


Private - Per room per night


Important info

  • 24-hour check-in is not available
  • Check-in is available between 14:00 and 21:00
  • Please contact hostel if arriving after 20:00
  • A deposit is payable at check-in.
  • A deposit is payable at check-in. For room keys
  • Government-issued photo ID is required to check in.
  • Pets are not permitted in the hostel.
  • Prices and product availability is as accurate as possible but may be subject to change during checkout



Leisure & Fitness

  • Common room
  • Garden
  • Terrace / patio


  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

Food & Drink

  • Self-catering kitchen

Facilities - Internet Access

  • Wifi - Charges Apply

Facilities - In-Hostel Services

  • Car Parking at Hostel - Free
Opening times

Opening times

Open all year

From 12:00 to 15:00
From 16:00 to 21:00
From 14:00 to 21:00

Get in touch

Get in touch

Tel. 27 (0) 28 514 2648

Fax. 27 (0) 28 514 2648

Main attractions

Main attractions

  • Two Feathers Horse Trails (2 to 3km)
  • Marloth Nature Reserve (2 to 3km)
  • Swellendam Village (2 to 3km)

See the full list of attractions


Around the hostel

Around the hostel

Nearby attractions

  • Distance to City Centre (500m - 1km)
  • Cycle trails (500m - 1km)
  • Golf course (2 to 3km)
  • Gym (1 to 2km)
  • Hiking / Walking trails (1 to 2km)
  • Local market (1 to 2km)
  • Mountainous Area (500m - 1km)
  • Museums / Art Galleries (500m - 1km)
  • National / State Park (500m - 1km)
  • Nightlife (1 to 2km)
  • Parks / Green Area (500m - 1km)
  • Restaurants (1 to 2km)
  • River / Harbour / Lake (Less than 500m)
  • Shopping area / Mall (1 to 2km)
  • Wooded Area (500m - 1km)
Getting to us

Getting to us

The Swellengrebel Airport is 5 km outside Swellendam on the Bontebok National Park road.
The Baz Bus stops in front of our hostel all days except Thursday and Sunday. In direction Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. Hop on hop off bus service very reliable safe and comfortable.
Alternate Transport
Swellendam Backpackers is set on a large lush property with a gurlgling river as border to the forest. Hiking with a picnic and horse riding is our thing. Lots of free parking is available. Parking is on the road.
Sports & activities

Sports & activities

  • Birdwatching
  • Canoeing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Horse riding
  • Mountain Biking
  • Walking / Hiking
  • Whale Watching

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