Attractions near to Jan Harmsgat Country House

Because Swellendam is the third oldest town in South Africa, it's filled with a colourful history and natural beauty.

Jan Harmsgat is located in Swellendam, the third oldest town in South Africa. Swellendam celebrated its 250th anniversary in 1995. This charming town, located at the foot of the Langeberg Mountain, is famous not only for its youngberries (braambessies), but also for its eclectic architecture, fascinating past and great outdoor life.

The Koornlands River, ancient Oak trees and stately, whitewashed homesteads add to its charm on a South Africa holiday. Only 7 kilometres (4.3 miles) from the town is the Bontebok National Park. Day walks and overnight hiking trails through the Langeberg Mountains at the nearby Marloth Nature Reserve is perfect for a South Africa holiday.

The Robertson Wine valley, one of the Western Cape's best kept secrets, embraces the districts of Ashton, Bonnievale, McGregor and Robertson and is less than 2 hours' drive from Cape Town. It is the home of champion horses, but it is also known for its abundance of roses, making it truly The Valley of Wine and Roses.

Portuguese seafarers named Africa's southernmost tip 'Needle Cape' because here their compass needle pointed straight to the north with no deviation. Cape Agulhas can be extremely windy and is not a particularly hospitable place, despite its great natural beauty. 

The massive lighthouse, built in 1848, is worth visiting, it is still operational today, warning ships away from the treacherous coastline. The powerful lights have a range of almost 60 kilometres, the tower can be visited and there is a museum and a tea room.