Malmesbury at a glance
The Swartland route begins 50 kilometres from the city of Cape Town and is considered the gateway to the West Coast. It comprises of several towns, namely: Darling, Moorreesburg, Malmesbury, Yzerfontein, Riebeek-West, Riebeek-Kasteel and Koringberg. The region’s namesake is derived from the Swartland indigenous Renosterveld shrubs which turn dark grey-black during summer. For decades, the area has been used for large scale wheat farming and is best known for its rolling wheat fields, intermixed with green vineyards. The Swartland is quickly becoming a draw card for those seeking a country-style living and its fertile plains make it a popular choice for farmers.
The Swartland is home to several prominent wine farms, of which include the famous Swartland Winery. Since 1948, the Swartland Winery has evolved to produce a vast range of world class wines, which are available for tasting. The tasting rooms offer a selection of their best wines and attracts both tourists and locals alike.
Established in 2000, in the village of Riebeek Kasteel, the Olive Boutique is renowned for its award winning range of olive oils, cured olives and olive pastes as well as skin and hair care products. The boutique is also renowned by local farmers for its unique services, which include: olive pressing and olive oil blending.
Cloof Wine Estate
Situated between Malmesbury and Darling, the Cloof Wine Estate covers over 400 hectares of land and is a family owned establishment. It offers a variety of attractions, including a tasting room which appeals to wine enthusiasts as well as nature lovers. The tasting room also comprises of a kitchen which serves up a country-style menu of five star quality meals and platters that accommodate small and large parties.
In terms of schooling, the Swartland has a wide selection of premier schools which range from public schools to private institutions. Darling College is a prime example of the types of private schools one can can expect to find on the West Coast. It encompasses a multicultural and bilingual environment, set in a tranquil farm-like ambiance. Another prime private school option is Malmesbury Christian Private School which accommodates children from preschool to Grade 7, in small classes which are aimed at giving learners individual attention. There are also excellent public school options in the Swartland, of which include Swartland High School which comprises of a boarding school and also enjoys a quiet country-style setting.
There are a myriad of world class healthcare facilities scattered across the Swartland which cater to various needs ranging from emergencies to routine check ups. The hospitals comprise of the highly esteemed Swartland Hospital as well as Riebeek-Kasteel Hospital. In terms of fitness facilities, the West Coast has you covered with esteemed gyms and fitness institutions, such a Figure for Women in Malmesbury.
For those who enjoy browsing around markets and purchasing local specialities and hand crafted goods, the Village Market offers the quintessential market experience and makes for a great day outing. The market is situated in Riebeek West offers visitors goods ranging from fresh breads, handcrafted cheeses and olive oils to toys and knife sharpening services.
Additionally, for nature enthusiasts, a game drive through the Bartholomeus Klip Private Nature Reserve makes for the perfect outdoor experience. The reserve is situated in Hermon, in the Swartland and teeming with a diverse variety of wildlife. However, it is best known for housing one of the world’s rarest reptiles, the endangered Geometric Tortoise.
Swartland offers a unique, country style living with a variety of esteemed schools, healthcare facilities and attractions to choose from. For more information about our listings in this sought after location, speak to a member of our team at Agrisell.