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Why Should You Head To The Swartland?

We’ll give you 10 reasons to come visit (plus 1 extra, because we can)!

In Koringberg it’s not what we have – it’s what we don’t have – petrol stations, traffic, busy shops, banks, noisy cars, parking attendants, etc. What we do have is open country roads, wheat fields, a place where electricity cuts are taken as an opportunity to enjoy the stars and a good South African braai, interesting insects both great and small, cows, sheep, ducks, chickens, guinea fowl and even the odd falcon.

But if you do decide to venture out, here’s a few things we suggest you try while here:

Wheat Industry Museum – This museum is unique in the fact that it is one of only TWO left of it’s kind in the world! WOW!! The main theme of the museum is to depict and portray the wheat industry in this country.
T: 022 433 1093  |  E: kormuseum@wcaccess.co.za  |  WEBSITE

Misverstand Dam – If you are into water sports – this is the place for you! This is one of the foremost things that you just have to try in your life. The Great Berg River snakes through the Western Cape from Franschoek to Langebaan. And 20km of this slithering snake is available to the guests of Club Elani, Misverstand. They have access to THE best skiing waters in the Western Cape.
T: 083 607 5863  |  E: admin123@clubelani.co.za  |  WEBSITE

Hiking – There is a host of hiking routes in the Moorreesburg and Koringberg area. In Moorreesburg is the Neulfontein route – the vegetation in this area is typically Renosterveld. On a clear day, you have a beautiful view of Table Mountain and the Swartland area. In Koringberg, the routes offers exquisite views of the Cederberg & Winterhoek Mountains and the entire Swartland. The 3 circular hiking trails are all clearly marked and are fairly easy, but uneven and can be slippery when wet. Contact the local tourism office for more information.
T: 022 433 1072

Birding – The Swartland Birding Route begins some 50 kilometres north of Cape Town and consists of the regions between the towns of Malmesbury in the south, Darling and Yzerfontein in the west, Moorreesburg and Koringberg in the north and Riebeek West and Riebeek Kasteel in the east. It is said that you can find at least 250 bird species in this vast differentiated land scape. This will provide birders, beginners to serious twitchers, with a diverse range of birds to be ticked.

Agricultural Tours – Different studs of sheep, cattle, pigs, horses as well as a great variety of crops (especially wheat and canola), grapes, citrus and potato can be found in the Swartland. A wide variety of Agricultural Packages can be compiled depending on what you wish to experience.

Wine Farms – The Swartland has become known internationally as the South African wine region with a difference. It could be argued that some of the most innovative wines are produced here. In our little neck of the woods we can also boast with fantastic wineries! From the wonderful organic initiatives at Org de Rac, to the historic family-owned farm of Nieuwedrift to the boutique, hand-crafted wines from Wildehurst! Just make sure to call first as some of these farms aren’t open all the time.
Nieuwedrift Wine Estateinfo@nieuwedrift.co.za | 079 307 4652 [Tip! Try their delicious new pizzas!]
Org de Rac – wine@orgderac.co.za | 022 913 2397 [Tip! Try their Bubbly & Oyster Experience!]
Wildehurst Wines – wildehurst@gmail.com | 060 374 9267 [By Appointment Only. Please Book 48hrs in Advance]

Moorreesburg Labyrinth – The labyrinth in Long Street Park in Moorreesburg is about 20m in diameter and covers a 728 meter track as a whole. It takes about 8 minutes to slowly walk to the middle, where you can stop, then again walk out via the track which also takes about 8 minutes. There is no correct way to walk through a labyrinth. You can walk as you feel (in joy, slow, hopping in or running in and out). Most people, however, prefer to do this walk for stress release and relaxation. Then it is important to relax and get quiet before you enter the labyrinth. Do not start walking until you are not relaxed. Walk it alone and in silence. Switch off the people and sounds around you. Read more about the history of this Labyrinth HERE

Beer Tasting – Get out to one of the local breweries in Moorreesburg, Riebeek, Porterville and more! The Moorreesburger is the closest to Vleidam and offers a combined learning center, restaurant and tasting room, bakery and craft brewery all in one location!
E: moorreesburger@shopritetrust.co.za  |  T: 022 433 1181  |  FACEBOOK

Golf – The neighbouring Moorreesburg Golf Club has a beautiful and interesting 9-hole golf course that invites visitors to play at most affordable tariffs with excellent club facilities.
T: 022 433 1848  |  E: moorreesburggolfclub@telkomsa.net  |  W: www.moorreesburggolfclub.co.za

Bergrivier Canoe Marathon – This 4-day, 240km river race from Paarl to Velddrif is a huge highlight in the Swartland area every year. The next race takes place from 11 – 14 July 2018.
E: bergrivermarathon@gmail.com  |  W: www.berg.org.za

And lastly, you cannot forget the most important thing the countryside has to offer… PEACE & QUIET! 

Why Should You Head To The Swartland - Wheat Industry Museum    Why Should You Head To The Swartland - Labyrinth    Why Should You Head To The Swartland - Moorreesburg Golf Club


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