The Republic of Greater Swellendam is comprised of seven beautiful small towns all of which share a dedication to country life, simplicity, good food, home comforts, friendship, outdoor adventure, hospitality at its best and unparalleled service.
The Republic, which was declared on June 18th 2011, (216 years after it first showed the independent nature of its inhabitants by declaring itself not only a Republic, but capital of the world!) is “A Republic of community, unity, love, art, music, good food, and beauty. A Republic in which people show that they care about one another and about the environment in which they live, that they treasure wildlife and nature. A Republic which draws together the towns and villages that make up the Greater Swellendam Area – Barrydale, Buffeljachts, Infanta, Malgas, Stormsvlei, Suurbrak and Swellendam”
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Swellendam is the fourth oldest town in South Africa, with a population of 35,916 inhabitants (2011 census). The town has over 50 heritage sites, most of them outstanding examples of Cape Dutch architecture.
Swellendam is situated on the N2, approximately 220 km from both Cape Town and George.