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Bontebok National Park

Bontebok National Park

     
 

Phone:

+27 (0) 28 514 2735

Email:

bontebok.nationalpark@sanparks.org

Website:

www.sanparks.org/parks/bontebok/

Poaching Hotline:

+27 (0) 800 205 005

 
     

Size:  2,786 ha / 27.86 km2

Nearest major city:  Cape Town (2h30 approx by car)

Species Numbers:  63 Mammals        215 Birds        34 Reptiles

Big Five:  No

Highlights:

  • - Malaria-free
  • - Spectacular mountain scenery
  • - Great location to spot the secretive Cape grysbok and grey rhebok
  • - Good hiking trails with no risk from potentially dangerous game

Bontebok National Park is a beautiful protected area near Swellendam, just south of the Langeberg mountains and bordered by the Breede River, is the smallest national park in the country. Yet it’s nevertheless still important, because it helped save the bontebok from extinction and also conserves the increasingly endangered renosterveld habitat, which once covered most of the Overberg in the Western Cape, and is now reduced to a few patches.

Today, there are about 200 bontebok in the park (out of a total of about 3,000), and they can often be seen wandering in among the chalets at Lang Elsies Kraal rest camp.