Surrounding Area

SW1 Lodge is situated in easy proximity to major and minor road networks to Cape Town, Strand, Gordon’s Bay, Pringle Bay, Betty’s Bay, Kleinmond, Hermanus, Stellenbosch and the Overberg. Cape Town International Airport is 25 minutes away in easy traffic and Cape Town 35 minutes away. Hermanus is an hour’s drive

Day Tours

SW1 Lodge’s location ensures guests enjoy all the attractions of sophisticated living, such as fine restaurants and first-class shopping experiences, without losing the charm of living close to open countryside. There are a wide range of activities and attractions in the Winelands, including historic Stellenbosch and nearby Cape Town – all within easy reach of SW1.
Whatever your preference, whether in your own car or with a tour guide SW1 is an easy launch pad to any location throughout the Cape Peninsula or even to Hermanus, the whale watching mecca only 60 minutes away.

Wine Routes

Spend your days visiting Somerset West’s iconic wine estates, tasting award winning wines and enjoying dining experiences par excellence. SW1 is close to Vergelegen Estate with its award winning Camphors restaurant for par excellence fine dining, its ever popular Stables restaurant for easy dining and, in the summer months, the wonderful picnics in the forest and on the lawns; Lourensford Estate with its verdant Keith Kirsten designed gardens, casual dining Millhouse Restaurant, Coffee Roasting Co and the
summer Twilight and Sunday market; Waterkloof with its acclaimed architecture, unsurpassed views and top award winning restaurant

Outdoor Activities

Outdoor activities – There’s golf, golf and more golf with some of SA’s best golf courses all within a 50km radius – Erinvale, Strand, Somerset West, Arabella, Hermanus, Stellenbosch; Beach and nature walks; biking trails; running trails; birdwatching; surfing, kite surfing, kayaking; visiting nearby animal sanctuaries. And so much more.


Cape Town tourist attractions are never more than a 45 minute drive from SW1 Lodge. These include popular attractions like our beautiful Table Mountain, historical Robben Island, the famous Cape Town V&A Waterfront and scenic Cape Point.

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For unparalleled shopping , entertainment and dining experiences in the heart of Cape Town’s working harbour, visit the V&A Waterfront.

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Explore the incredible diversity of marine life found in the Indian and Atlantic Oceans, which meet at the southern tip of the African continent. The Aquarium is one of the top tourist attractions in Cape Town and over 3000 living sea animals, including sharks, fishes, turtles and penguins can be seen in this spectacular underwater nature reserve.

Experience magnificent 360-degree views of Cape Town from the top of Table Mountain. The cableway takes you to the summit in under ten minutes. Many adventures await on Table Mountain, from gentle walks and nature-lover trails to advanced hikes and mountain climbing.


Located at the southwestern tip of Africa, in the Cape of Good Hope section of the Table Mountain National Park, Cape Point has captivated travellers for centuries with its dramatic scenery and fascinating history.

Located at the base of Table Mountain, nestled beneath Lions Head and the majestic Twelve Apostles, Camps Bay boasts a magnificent palm fringed sandy beach and stunning scenery. The beach front buzzes with vibrant, up market cafes and restaurants as well as water sports and beach activities.


Visit Robben Island, which is now a World Heritage Site and museum. It is an important focal point of South African heritage as well as an education facility, tourist hotspot and research centre.

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Explore the biodiversity of the Cape Floral Kingdom at the world-renowned Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens. Other activities at Kirstenbosch include picnics, Summer music concerts and guided tours or walks through the gardens.

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Visit South Africa’s oldest museum in the historic Company’s Garden, and cultivate a better understanding of the earth and its biological and cultural diversity, past and present.


After Simon’s Town turn left off Main Road to Boulder’s Visitor Centre to visit the famous colony of Jackass Penguins, so called for their hilarious braying call. This is a truly special experience and Table Mountain National Park staff are knowledgeable and offer guided tours. After falling in love with the penguins head to the secluded Boulders Beach for a swim in the warm waters of False Bay.