Klippe Rivier

Swellendam, Cape Winelands

Klippe Rivier

Located just outside the town of Swellendam, Klippe Rivier is a beautifully preserved manor house dating back to the early nineteenth-century.

Update: Klippe Rivier is currently closed, and we do not know at this stage if the property will re-open in the future. We will maintain this page in place until we know the permanent status of the guesthouse.

Located just outside the town of Swellendam, Klippe Rivier is the best preserved manor house in the region, dating back to 1820. The house is set in beautiful grounds with manicured lawns, huge oak trees and herb gardens.

The interior has been refurbished according to the various eras of ownership and displays many different styles, from the original Cape Dutch fashion, to Victorian, Colonial and Edwardian themes, and finally Art Deco and more contemporary-modern aesthetics. It sounds a bit contrived, but the themes aren't pushed to excess. Klippe Rivier is a stylish but also a very comfortable retreat.


Each of the bedrooms at Klippe Rivier has been named after one of the previous owners. The original "Waenhuis" and white washed stables have been converted into six luxury bedrooms in such a way so as to preserve much of the original ambience.

Downstairs, three spacious bedrooms each have an open fireplace, dressing room and generous en-suite bathroom with separate shower and toilet.

Three loft rooms upstairs are built under thatch, and offer a view of the mountains from their private balconies. A secluded cottage is ideal for newly-weds, and has its own fireplace and private garden.


Generous farm breakfasts include homemade preserves, Klippe Rivier's famous muesli and a variety of fruits in season. Dinner is a 3 course table d'hote meal, with 2 choices for each course including coffee & truffles!


- Outdoor swimming pool
- Beautiful grounds
- Croquet
- Terrace


Available locally (mostly at an additional cost):
- Dyer Island Cruises (domain of the Southern Right Male)
- Numerous mountain biking and cycling routes
- Hot springs
- Hiking
- Bird watching
- Balloon flight
- Fishing
- Wine and cheese tasting
- Horse riding
- Game drives
- Golf
- Adrenalin activities: Shark diving, sea kayaking, motor cycling, quad biking, scuba diving

Child Policy

Children 8 years and older are welcome at Klippe Rivier but are charged the full adult rate.

Environmental Policy

Klippe Rivier is a recipient of the Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa Trademark.