SWELLENDAM, a town of South Africa, Cape province, in the valley of the Breede River, 192 m.
S., near the Breede river are thermal springs with a temperature of 145 0 F.
Long took off from the Breede River and fertilized a large area, with the result that Robertson ranks as the second richest district in the province.
Among other Dutch words frequently used in place-names may be instanced: rhenoster (rhinoceros) olifant (elephant), mooi (pretty), modder (mud), klip (cliff), berg (mountain), burg or stad (town), zwart (black), klein (little), groote (great), breede (broad), nieuw (new), zuur (sour), bokke (buck).
On the south coast the most westerly stream of any size is the Breede (about 165 m.
The Breede thence follows the line of the Langeberg mountains as far as Swellendam, where it turns south, and traversing the coast plain, reaches the sea in St Sebastian Bay.
East of the Breede the following rivers, all having their rise on the inner mountain chain, are passed in the order named: - Gouritz (200 m.),' Gamtoos (290 m.), Sunday (190 m.),GreatSalt (230 m.), Kei (150 m.), Bashee (90 m.) and Umzimvuba or St John's (140 m.).