Swellendam, Western Cape

German Lesson

Olyfkrans College is located in Swellendam, a small, peaceful historical town in the Western Cape Province of South Africa.

After Cape Town and Stellenbosch, Swellendam is the third oldest town in South Africa. For a short while Swellendam has even been an independent republic. The "Swellendam Grammar School" building of 1825, also known as the "Old Boys School", is now the central office and conference building of the Olyfkrans College. The other school buildings and the residential cottages are scattered around the central building, integrating the school in a natural way in the residential area. There is no fence or gate to mark the limits of the institution. In their spare time the learners are free to walk in and out as they should do at home.

At the back of the school is a large vegetable garden. The home grown vegetables are processed in the school's kitchen into healthy food. Some of the learners are also accommodated in the farm house known as "Heuningbos"

The road ends at the foot of the Langeberg, home of the Marloth Nature Reserve, famous for its hiking trails. The large Municipal dam is also one of the favourite destinations during summer for a refreshing swim.

On the N2 at 2 hours from Cape Town International Airport Many learners fly in and out over Cape Town Airport to spent their holidays at home. Others travel by coach. Swellendam's location on the N2, half way between George and Cape Town, offers excellent communication possibilities.