Welcome to Swellendam Country Lodge!
We are delighted to be your hosts.

Swellendam Country Lodge is an established place to stay in Swellendam since the early 2000’s. Since June 2019, we are the proud new owners of the lodge. We are Jan & Vivianne Bruijn, originally from the Netherlands. In 2009 we fell in love with South-Africa before we fell in love with each other, which happened after we both returned from Cape Town where we did our student internships. Many return visits to the beautiful country of South Africa, and to the Western Cape in particular, followed until we decided Swellendam was the perfect place for us to start our own hospitality business. An adventurous new chapter in our lives unfolded.

Leaving our demanding lives in the city of Amsterdam behind, we found absolute paradise at Swellendam Country Lodge. The tropical garden of almost 6000 m2 had us stunned. Also, the beautiful historic town of Swellendam with spectacular mountain views and characteristic Cape Dutch architecture appealed to us. Also, having both the wonderful city of Cape Town as well as various wine regions within reach, and being the start to the magnificent Garden Route made Swellendam perfectly positioned for us and our guest house.

South-Africa is known for its amazingly friendly people. We immediately felt like we belong. To support the local community, we soon decided to adopt a stray dog from the SPCA shelter in Swellendam. We named her Khaya, meaning “home” in the local isiXhosa language. The lodge then became a new home for all three of us. And now, it is our mission to make our lodge become your home-away-from-home!

Sit back, have yourself a glass of local wine on your patio or by the pool side and enjoy our beautiful garden! Please, let us and our dedicated staff offer you a unique and relaxing stay. It’s only our pleasure!

Travel Guides and Websites

Certificate of Excellence by Tripadvisor

Highest rating based on 247 reviews on Tripadvisor

Ranked number #6 of 49 accommodations in Swellendam by Tripadvisor

Rated 9.4 out of 10 on Booking.com

Recognition of Excellence by HotelsCombined

Valued Member on Afristay

Four Star Accommodation by Tourism Grading Council of South Africa

“Don’t miss out on this spot…” by Eye Catchers – selected spots in & around the Overberg
“…Elegant, uncluttered decor in muted hues” by Rough Guide South Africa

“…offers light, airy accommodation, with an atmosphere that seems specially created for summer evenings over a bottle of wine…” Time Out Magazine