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. Located on the banks of the Breede River, just 5km from Swellendam, the park is home to variety of species of birds, insects and mammals. There are about 158 bontebok that traverse the fynbos plain and guests are certain to see this colourful conservation success story. The reserve is an outdoor enthusiats heaven with activities ranging from birding to swimming, kayaking, hiking and mountain biking.
The Lang Elsie’s Kraal restcamp, situated on the banks of the Breede River, is named after a Khoe-Khoe Chieftain who lived there with her clan in the 18th century. There are 10 chalets and a campsite. The accommodation has a magnificent view of the Breede River and Langeberg mountains, with its own braai, swimming area and ablutions. It is worth staying over just to get the chance to wake up to the sight of Bontebok grazing next to the camp!
DIE STROOM – DAY VISITORS
Day visitors to the Bontebok National Park can relax on the banks of the Breede River. Picnic, braai and ablution facilities are available at Die Stroom. No shop, restaurant or fuel station available inside the Park. These are available 5km away in the town of Swellendam. The tap water is safe to drink.
MOUNTAIN BIKING & CYCLING
There are a number of circular and return routes throughout the park. Route info is available at the park reception office. The 9.2 km Cobra Mountain Bike Trail follows a circular route around Mooi Dam (see map below).
There are also a variety of routes (9km-45km) from Swellendam and within the reserve that have been mapped by visitswellendam.co.za. These mountain bike trails are non-technical, without a lot of climbing. Although the trails are not marked, the routes are clear and pretty easy to follow. Explore them here.
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