Bontebok National Park, Western Cape
Sheltered by the Langeberg Mountains and bordered to the south by the Breede River, the Bontebok National Park provides a refuge for not only bontebok, but also for other species such as the Cape mountain zebra, red hartebeest and grey rhebok. The park is situated within the Cape Floral Kingdom, the smallest, but richest of the world's six floral kingdoms.
Bontebok National Park is situated 6 km from the picturesque and historic town of Swellendam, 240 km from Cape Town. Situated in the Cape Floral Kingdom (one of the richest floral kingdoms in the world), the park is host to more than 470 plant species, among them, erica, gladiolus and protea. The Bontebok National Park is an ideal stopover on the way to the famous Garden Route. The last 5 km of the access route from the N2 highway is gravel, as are all the tourist routes within the park.
Although the park can only support a limited number of bontebok (about 200 - 300), over the years its surplus stock has been given to other nature and game reserves and private landowners with suitable habitat. The total world population of Bontebok now stands somewhere between 2000 to 3000. In addition to game viewing, bird watching and hiking, swimming and fishing in the Breede River are popular pastimes. Abundant bird life includes the secretary bird, fish eagle and francolin. Bird watching is excellent near the camping and picnic sites.
For an in depth review of the Reserve and additional photographs, see our article at "The Bontebok National Park in South Africa" or for ideas on what to do see Things to Do in the Bontebok National Park.
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