Falling for Swellendam's charms
Subscribe now to our new Travel newsletter! Cape Town - The cooler months are definitely my favourite time of year, and what better season to visit Swellendam than when autumn first puts on her golden crown. Okay, I admit I have good reason to keep going back – my mom lives there – and when my husband absconded to Australia for most of April, I decided to go and spend quality time with her.
The Overberg in autumn is vastly different from the area in summertime. The farmers are busy sowing, and the first sprinkling of rain has brought the once-barren hills to life with a hint of verdant growth that transforms this landscape during winter.
One moment the heavens will be blue with only wisps of cloud. The next it’s all gloomy cloud cover and chill wind, and you’d best pack a warm jacket or consider a destination that offers a roaring log fire.
A drive along the scenic back roads to Stanford and back is well worth the effort – very little traffic and towns such as Bredasdorp and Napier offer charms uniquely their own, though I admit Stanford, with so much of its Victorian-era architecture intact, still holds on to its quaint edge when so much of the Whale Coast has become thoroughly commercialised. But after our yen for a mini road trip was satisfied, Mom and I drew up our “kuier” list of things to do, people to see and places to be in Swellendam.
First on that list was a visit to the home of artist Jan du Toit.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at The Independent on Saturday