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Bontebok National Park

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Bontebok National Park

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A Bontebok.

The Bontebok National Park [1] is situated approximately two hours from Cape Town, at South Africa's East Coast.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

The park is 6km from Swellendam, 240km from Cape Town and 540km from Port Elizabeth. Follow the N2 highway, until you reach a (brown) sign saying 'Bontebok National Park'. The last 5km from the N2 access road are gravel, as are all other roads within the park.

By air[edit]

Swellengrebel Airport is close to the park, but can handle light aircraft only.


South African Citizens and Residents (with ID) pay R18 per person, per day. SADC Nationals (with passport) pay R26 per adult, per day (children R18). The Standard Conservation Fee for Foreign Visitors: R40 per adult and R20 per child, per day.

Get around[edit]

Either with your car or by foot on one of the hiking trails. Note that all roads within the park are gravel roads.

See[edit][add listing]

Fynbos flowers.

There are around 300 bontebok in the park. Before the park was founded, only 17 of this species remained alive, due to excessive hunting. Today around 3000 individuals form the world population, of which ten percent can be seen here. There are also a number of mountain zebra and red hartebeest, as well as smaller antelopes. The park also has a variety of birdlife, with more than 200 recorded species. The Bontebok NP is located within the Cape Floral Kingdom (fynbos), the smallest of the six worldwide kingdoms, but the one with the highest number of different species.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Go on a game drive or enjoy the beauty of this land during a relaxed braai (South African for barbeque).
  • Two short hiking trails start and end at the rest camp.
  • Bath in the Breede River (only near the camp).
  • Angle in the Breede River (get hold of an Angling permit at a local post office first).

Buy[edit][add listing]

You can buy refreshments, gifts and some basic products at the parks shop, at the entrance. Please note that you have to go to Swellendam to buy fresh produce. Petrol and diesel are available inside the parks borders.

Eat & Drink[edit]

Get your food in Swellendam! The shop at the park entrance only offers a limited number of meat, bread and drinks.


  • Some food and drinks
  • Flashlight
  • Grill and firewood
  • Angling equipment and bathing suite
  • Walking shoes
  • Binoculars
  • Wildlife reference book

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • 6-­berth caravans/chalets with basic kitchen facilities and bath room are available
  • The campsite is located close to the Breede River. Please reserve in advance, as there is only very limited camping accommodation possible.

Get out[edit]

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