Find comfortable and spacious river-side cottages at Boskloof Swemgat

Boskloof Swemgat, Clanwilliam, Western Cape (16)

Boskloof Swemgat, Clanwilliam, Western Cape

Set in the magnificent unspoiled area of Boskloof Valley in the Western Cape, the Boskloof Swemgat self-catering cottages allow you to enjoy wonderful farm-style hospitality. The farm is just 10km from the town of Clanwilliam and borders the Cederberg Wilderness Area, making it the perfect location to break away from the noise of the city.

Whether you are looking for accommodation that allows you to enjoy peace and quiet with your friends and family or a romantic weekend escape, Boskloof Swemgat has the perfect atmosphere for you.

The beautiful Jan Dissels River flows through the Boskloof Valley, the farm received the name ‘Swemgat’ after the popular rock pool formed by the river in the middle of the land.

Accommodation at Boskloof Swemgat

There are seven white-washed cottages to choose from at Boskloof Swemgat, each one set along the river banks. You can enjoy views of the river and the surrounding mountains from the comfort of any of the cottages as well as comfortable rooms to rest and relax in.

There are four thatched-roof cottages, two corrugated iron-roofed cottages, and one prefab cottage. You will find that two of the cottages come with a private Jacuzzi, and most come with comfortable indoor fireplaces.

All cottages come equipped with a full kitchen for all your self-catering needs, full bathrooms with a bath or shower, and outside braai facilities. All beds have fine and comfortable linen and fresh bath towels are provided for you during your stay.

You can access free Wi-Fi from any of the cottages so you can always stay connected during your stay.

The Kliphuis, Langhuis Owen and Nenna cottages can accommodate up to four people, Fivaz and Hangnes can accommodate up to six people, and the Gustav cottage can sleep up to eight people in four bedrooms.

Things to do at Boskloof Swemgat

When it comes to fun and interesting activities to enjoy in the area, there is plenty to enjoy at Boskloof Swemgat. When it comes to water sports and activities there is much to enjoy in the unspoilt and unpolluted Jan Dissels River.

Some cottages are located right by the Swemgat rock pool, allowing you to enjoy a private place to relax in the water. You can take a dip in the river with the whole family to cool off during those hot summer days. The river is also a great place to enjoy some fishing, so you can catch fresh fish for supper.

Other activities to enjoy include hiking and mountain biking. Those serious about hiking can choose to either go on the farm hiking trails, the Krakadouw Trail or the visually rewarding hike to ‘Die Toring’ peak.

What do people say about Boskloof Swemgat

“This is one place I cannot complain about! The host Gretha is so friendly as is every other person around Boskloof. Very safe for children. Refreshing river and Jacuzzi and well stocked home. The only thing you will want to use your cell phone for is to take pictures because this is such a relaxing environment. My family really fell in love with this place and hated leaving.” – Rameez TripAdvisor.

“We used this accommodation as a base to explore the Cederberg, Clanwilliam and Lamberts Bay. It is beautiful and one can really unwind. We did not go anywhere on one day spending the day at the cottage in the Jacuzzi and doing walks in the area. It is an excellent base for people wanting to explore the Cederberg on foot. The accommodation is good and daily service is available at additional cost. We also had our washing done as we were touring.” – Louwrens TripAdvisor.

“Our cottage (Langhuis) was lovely and had its own stream for private bathing. The sound of a little waterfall at night was very relaxing. The accommodation is basic but it had everything we required or wanted; and everything worked. This was about getting back to nature and keeping well away from hectic lives and technology – no TV; no mobile signal. We stocked up with food in Clanwilliam and chilled out around the braai in the evenings. The night skies are to die for – memories of the Milky Way will stay with us forever.” – Jacob TripAdvisor.

Top reasons for staying at Boskloof Swemgat:

  1. The accommodation is set in tranquil and peaceful surroundings, making it the ideal escape from the city.
  2. The cottages are spacious and beautifully decorated.
  3. The cottages are set right by the beautiful river so you can enjoy some private time in the water.
  4. There is no technology besides the Wi-Fi, allowing you to enjoy a proper escape from technology.
  5. The owners are friendly and welcoming; making sure your stay is as comfortable as possible.

To find out more about Boskloof Swemgat, give them a call on 021 100 3686/027-470 0123 or email Visit their website at Find them on Google Maps.

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