Travelling along the N7 from Cape Town to Namibia one has to stay over and indulge in the warm atmosphere of the Swartland, where wheat fields, vineyards and olive trees envelop one.

Forty-five minutes drive from Cape Town, or a half-an-hour’s pleasant drive on the R315 from Darling, lies the bustling town of Malmesbury, the ‘heart of the Swartland’. Originally inhabited by Khoi San people, the town sprang from a few settlements erected around a sulphur spring in the 1700s.

Here, work is in progress on a brand-new 18-hole competition golf course and country estate, while nearby private farms and nature reserves offer a variety of activities, from 4X4 and mountain-biking trails to clay-pigeon shooting, hiking and tractor rides.

There are several beautiful old historic buildings, including the old Jewish Synagogue, now the Malmesbury Museum, and Ant Sienie se Huisie on the banks of the Dieprivier.

The Swartland Wine Route begins here, and offers everything from boutique wineries to large cooperatives. As evening falls, book into one of the many B&Bs or self-catering accommodations in the region. Revisit a wine savoured earlier and wash the dust from your day as you sit back and relax, accompanied by the sound of birds settling down for the night.

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Contact Information

Office Hours:

Open: Mon-Fri: 08:00-17:00
Sat and public holidays: 09:00-12:00

(Closed Good Friday, Christmas and New Year's Day)

Emergency Numbers:

Ambulance - 022 482 2907 / 10177
Hospital - 022 482 1161
Police - 022 482 7500 / 10111
Fire - 022 487 9400 a/h / 022 487 9479


Malmesbury Tourism Bureau
Cnr Voortrekker Road and Church Street
PO Box 591

Contact Details

Tel: 022 487 1133/022 487 9400
Fax: 0224871135


Towns in the Swartland


Location Map: Malmesbury