Swartland Region

This is the gateway to the West Coast and the most southerly of the sub-regions, with Malmesbury being a mere 64km from Cape Town. It is best known for its undulating yellow wheat fields, interspersed by vivid green vineyards.

The land has, for most of its recorded history, been used for large-scale wheat farming and has become known as the breadbasket of South Africa, with wine- and olive production becoming more prominent. The oldest wine estate dates back to 1696. The name 'Swartland' (black land) originated from the indigenous Renosterveld, the unique and threatened vegetation of the area. These shrubs are dark grey and turn almost black in summer, therefore the name.

The Olive festival (Riebeek Valley) as well as outdoor activities on the Berg River and Misverstand Dam (Moorreesburg and Koringberg) attract many tourists to the Swartland region. The wineries of the Swartland produce top quality wines and most offer tasting centres that are open to the general public. Wild flowers are prolific in the areas closer to the coast during spring, while Southern Right and Humpback whales often visit the sheltered bay of Yzerfontein from June to November. Darling is a harmonious blend of old and new, inspiring the creativity of the many artistic souls who reside in the town, the most famous being Pieter Dirk Uys and his Evita se Perron.


Contact Information


Cape West Coast/ Swartland Tourism Association
c/o Church & Voortrekker Roads

Contact Details

Tel: +27 22 487 2989
Fax: +27 22 487 2989
Email: swartland@cornergate.com
Web: www.swartlandtourism.co.za

Towns in the Swartland





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