Nature in South Africa is overwhelming and we are right in the middle of all the beauty. Swellendam is only half an hour from one of South Africa’s best kept secrets: the beautiful bays of Witsand are one of the best points for seeing whales. North of Swellendam is the Langeberg Mountain Range, occasionally dusted in snow during the winter months.

On the other side of the mountains the Karoo desert starts, and in recent years a number of private nature reserves like Sanbona have brought the Big Five to the area. Another gem in the area is Marloth Nature Reserve famous for its untouched vegetation like mountain fynbos, protea and more than 25 species of erica. Other great places to visit include the spectacular De Hoop Nature Reserve, the southernmost point of Africa -Cape Agulhas- and untouched seaside resorts with white sandy beaches such as Arniston and Infanta.

Our area is a paradise for photographers. You can further improve your skills while staying at Babette because your host is an experienced wildlife photographer. He will be more than happy to show you the best places and help you to further improve your techniques to create unforgettable memories!


Just 5 km from Babette, Bontebok National Park is always boasting something in bloom. Discover the beauty of the park on a day visit and spot the birds and mammals that live in the park. We are very happy to prepare a picnic for you.


A little more than an hour from Babette is Sanbona Wildlife Reserve. This private reserve brought the Big Five to the Cape. Sanbona has different types of accommodation and does great game drives by professional guides. If you want to combine your stay with a safari, Sanbona is the place to go.


Witsand is known as THE Whale Nursery of South Africa, due to the record number of Southern Right whales. It is the best land-based vantage point from which to view these gentle giants. Can you imagine the thrill of watching a baby whale being born, tossed into the air by the ‘midwife’ to gasp its first breath of air?

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