Bontebok National Park

Bontebok National Park

Bontebok National Park was originally established to conserve the namesake Bontebok. In 1931 the first Bontebok National Park was proclaimed on an area near Bredasdorp. The Park was later moved to the area it is now, to suit habitat requirements of the bontebok. By 1969 it was estimated that the numbers had grown to around 800. The Park now maintains the Bontebok numbers between 130 and 170, the maximum this park can support taking into consideration biodiversity conservation as a whole.


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Bontebok National Park
Bontebok National Park is a place of simplistic beauty and peaceful charm. The majestic Langeberg Mountains provide a picturesque backdrop for this Park of colorful riches. A part of the Cape Floral Kingdom, now heralded as a world heritage site, Bontebok National Park always offers something in bloom.

The Park is proud to promote its achievements in biodiversity conservation, from the endangered fynbos veld type, coastal Renosterveld to the namesake bontebok! Once these colorful antelope numbered a mere 17, and through effective management we are proud to affirm that the present world population amounts to around 3000. The Park offers much more for nature lovers, from a diversity of indigenous animal life to over 200 remarkable bird species.

The Breede River provides an idyllic western border to the park and offers guests scenery, bird watching, fishing, and a refreshing swimming spot. Visitors can also get a profound familiarity of the Park’s endless sights and sounds while on one of the various hiking trails or on a winding bike trip. Furthermore, Bontebok provides its guests with an experience of South African culture.

Connect to the people of the past and learn about how the Khoisan lived and changed through local history. Come and enjoy all we have to offer, from adventure or a lazy day braai to a relaxing stay in a Park of natural and cultural tranquility.

Special features
Bontebok is an excellent place to use as a home base to visit:
The wine routes and historic buildings of Swellendam, Robertson, Montagu, Ashton and Bonnievale.
The hot springs in Montagu.
A six-day hiking trail that winds through the Langeberg Mountains in Marloth Nature Reserve and is rated amongst the top hiking trails in Southern Africa.
The Drostdy Museum that will transport you back through the history of the Swellendam area.

Wildlife; Grysbok, Cape Mountain Zebra, Bat-Eared Fox, Aardwolf.
Birds; Blue Crane, Spur-wing Goose, Secretary Bird, Collared Sunbird, Fiscal Flycatcher.
Plants / Trees; Restioids, Ericoids, Proteoids, Geophytes, Gladiolus.

Activities
Birding, Nature-hiking trails, Bathing in the Breede River, Angling, Canoeing / Kayaking, Biking.

How to get there
Bontebok National Park is situated about 6 km fromthe picturesque and historic town of Swellendam, 240 km from Cape Town and 540 km from Port Elisabeth. The Park´s current entrance is about five kilometres off the N2.

Accommodation
Lang Elsies Kraal rest camp offers comfortable selfcatering charlets and camping sites, situated along the Breede River, with stunning views of the Langeberg Mountains.
The rest camp has caravan and campsites with and without power, all of which have communal ablution facilities.

The above presentation of the park, is a contribution from © SANParks.org 2004-2009.