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Bontebok National Park

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Swellendam, South Africa
+27 28 514 2735
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Very bad customer service

Unfotunately we where not able to visit this park, as they only took cash. We planned to buy the... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Game a little sparse

A pleasant drive but with little variety of game. We saw mainly bontebok, a couple of red... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Norwich, United Kingdom
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This picturesque camping area is a protected refuge for the rare bontebok, a South African antelope recognizable for its red coat and white face.
  • Excellent24%
  • Very good43%
  • Average23%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible3%
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“self drive” (11 reviews)
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Swellendam, South Africa
+27 28 514 2735
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Reviewed yesterday

Unfotunately we where not able to visit this park, as they only took cash. We planned to buy the wild card as we intended to visit other parks during our stay in South Africa. They expected us to pay more than 5500.-- rand in cash,...More

Thank aussi33
Reviewed 1 week ago

A pleasant drive but with little variety of game. We saw mainly bontebok, a couple of red hartebeast and zebra. The roads are fair and the scenery very pleasant.

Thank dorothy270
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We spent a lovely morning at the nature reserve. If you are used to big game parks, this isn't really comparable, but we enjoyed being out in nature and saw quite a few deer. We packed a picnic, which we had at a picnic area...More

Thank Traveller1234575
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I acknowledge that this park was created to save the bontebok from extincion and that in itself is a very comendable and valid reason. But for visitors it's a bit a drab and monotonous experience to drive through the park. Among the about 20 parks...More

Thank Stonelli
Reviewed 28 November 2017

We spent a wonderful day at bontebok. Did some of the hikes saw lots of different birds and finished our day with a swim in the river. As we were getting ready to leave a snake appeared. It was identified by some others as a...More

1  Thank Tracey O
Reviewed 15 November 2017

My husband and I spent three thoroughly enjoyable days at the Bontebok along with several other members of the Lakes Bird Club from the Garden Route. An ideal spot for birding, but there are also lovely walks, very comfortable and well equipped chalets and good,...More

Thank Sedge0987
Reviewed 1 November 2017

Camped in a hidey hole in the campsite in among the birds! Special park with wonderful walking trails esp for the little people. Did not see tortoise even tho there are lots of Beware of Tortoise Crossing Road signs!

Thank Robs S
Reviewed 29 September 2017

SanParks under=rated and often over-looked - good value for money - Nice park safe for little children - walk or cycle no wild animals - facilities OK but nothing special -

Thank PaulLinCT
Reviewed 26 September 2017 via mobile

The park and surroundings are great, though there are some thing not really clear. The roadsigns are not complete and some trails seem to be gone. Also the map is fairly inaccurate, not used to this from any Sanparks.

Thank Sander H
Reviewed 26 September 2017

We loved the solitude, the walks and the sheer beauty of the place. The chalets are comfortable and well equipped.

Thank 770carol
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13 June 2017|
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Response from 2worldtravelers13 | Reviewed this property |
IsabellaNicole - looks like your question was answered before asked :-) I would form part of the group saying you should get a car from Swellendam or ask your hosts to take you, and even then the entrance (in April) not... More
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21 December 2016|
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Response from telebek | Reviewed this property |
When we visited three weeks ago that was not necessary. I don't know about now with the South African Xmas holidays, but would still think it is not necessary.
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15 May 2016|
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Response from richardsusanh2015 | Reviewed this property |
If you go into SANParks website you should be able to request a specific chalet