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Bontebok National Park

Tourist attraction National park

One of the Most Revieweds in Swellendam Local Municipality


Swellendam, 6740, South Africa



+27 28 514 2735

Rating on Google Maps

4.30 (746 reviews)

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Working Hours

  • Wednesday: 7 am to 6 pm
  • Thursday: 7 am to 6 pm
  • Friday: 7 am to 6 pm
  • Saturday: 7 am to 6 pm
  • Sunday: 7 am to 6 pm
  • Monday: (Christmas Day), 7 am to 6 pm, Hours might differ
  • Tuesday: (Boxing Day), 7 am to 6 pm, Hours might differ

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  • 5/5 Dewald R. 1 year ago on Google
    I have been fortunate enough to have visited quite a few of the national parks in South Africa, and although I've driven past the Bontebok National Park on numerous occasions I have only recently visit it for the first time. I can honestly say that taking so long to visit them was a big mistake on my part. This national park is truly a hidden gem and as it is only 2.5hours away from Cape Town it should be something on your to do list. As you arrive at the reception area you already get a glimpse of what the park has to offer. The beautiful building blends in well with its surroundings and the staff are friendly and welcoming. The park also has a a picnic site where you can go and relax, with a children's play area and "braai" (BBQ) facilities, but unfortunately there isn't a shop available for you to buy snacks etc. Except for the beautiful fauna and flora, the Lang Elsie's Kraal Rest Camp (reviewed separately) is probably the main attraction with clean, modern facilities and different accommodation types available. I was also happy to see that the staff at the rest camp were just as friendly as their peers at the reception area. There are a couple of routes available for you to go on self-drive game drives with most of the roads easily traversable in a standard sedan or hatchback, and there are even a couple of hiking trails. While we visited we saw numerous different animals, including different antelope species such as Bontebok which the park is named after. Some of the Bontebok even came into the camp which was very special. We had a great time staying here and will definitely make a plan to visit again in the future. One important thing to note if you plan on visiting: When you use Google Maps to drive to the park, rather set your location as "Bontebok National Park Reception" as going to the park's actual location takes you through farm lands and to an area from where you can't actually enter the park.
    11 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 beatrix z. 2 years ago on Google
    Excellent! If you bother to take the time to read about the reason for this park, you will understand, don't come here if you want enormous variety of big wildlife. It was created to protect Bontebok, and those you will see right by your tent. But if you take the time to do a hike, and really look around you, even on the ground, there is so much to see. Wildlife is not just the big animals. Small plants and birds too! And the view of the Breede river was breathtaking The camp site is just amazing. Excellent ablution and scullery facilities. Super clean. Beautiful grassed camp sites. So quiet, so peaceful. Saw people give one star because there is "nothing to do". For me, that is why I go. This is true relaxation. Highly recommended if you go for the right reasons.
    5 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 4/5 Deon Van der W. 2 years ago on Google
    Struggled to make contact to book. We stayed at the beautiful river site. This sites does not have electricity or tap water. But are worth the while. Just keep bicycles, children and inflatable mattresses away, as the whole lawn is scattered with invisible bull thorns. No bare feet here. The river is also slowly eroding this campsite away. It does not seems that management here knows what to do or cares about it. The wildlife in the park can be disappointing to visitors expecting hordes of animals. This park is more about the river and the vegetation experience than just animals. Still worth a visit.
    4 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Maud-Mari O. 1 year ago on Google
    Absolutely beautiful place. We went as day visitors and enjoyed every moment. Next time I want to go for a weekend and do all the activities like hiking and mountain biking.
    4 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Jonathan G. 2 years ago on Google
    Bontebok is a lovely reserve. We did not see all that many animals, but plenty of plant and birdlife. A good way to spend a few hours if you are visiting Swellendam.
    2 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 4/5 Bert & Heleen B. 1 year ago on Google
    What Bontebok makes such a charming park is their many activities. Beside canoeing and mountain biking, there are fishing spots as well. One can chose for several nice walking trails or have a swim in the beautiful Breederiver at the rest camp. The camping is beautiful with lots of shade; ablutions are neat and clean. And so much privacy on the camping sites, that you feel at home right away. This all makes a stay in the Park a wonderful experience and makes you come back every time again. However, we wonder what happened with the cellphone coverage (MTN) esp. data, the last 2 times (March and May 2022) we were there, we had hardly any connection. Hopefully, it can be fixed!?
    2 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 emma s. 1 year ago on Google
    A piece of wilderness just off the N2. Camping and cabins with spotlessly clean ablutions, washing machines and cooking facilities. We camped off grid right by the river but there are also on grid sites too. We did a couple of lovely walks and a game drive which included zebra, bontebok, grysbok and Denham’s bustard. We swam in the river and you can also find places to fish. Marloth nature reserve and it’s beautiful waterfall hikes are close by as is Swellendam and it’s historical museums. Two nights wasn’t enough.
    2 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 4/5 Zandre S. 2 years ago on Google
    Lang Elsies Kraal has great accomodation. The chalets are clean, quiet, and has the necessities. You have a view of the river, the mountains, and the rest of the landscape. The staff is really friendly. The "normal" and the "4x4" self game driver were spectacular. Note: the chalets are self catering. There is no shop. All the consumable you need, you will have to bring with you.
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Unelle K. 2 years ago on Google
    Beyond what we expected - Beautiful birdlife like Malachite sunbird, Cape Sugarbirds and raptors. Also besides the Bontebok, Rooi Hartebees and smaller mammals like Kaapse Grysbok. Thank you for keeping our beautiful renosterveld safe!
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Sergio B. 5 months ago on Google
    A hidden gem to rest and enjoy the nature. The cabins are in a quiet area with amazing views.

  • 5/5 Jan Hendrik K. 4 months ago on Google
    The best campsites are next to the river, unfortunately they are still repairing flood damages .. We slept at the top campsites with electricity but no view, though countless animals did wonder through the campsites. I like this place, will see me very often l.

  • 5/5 Nina N. 6 months ago on Google
    This beautiful place is yet undiscovered I think. Our first time here and really happy we decided to do a detour. Stayed only 2 days, but wished it was more.... The campsites are huge, covered with flowers and magestic flowering aloes. Amazing walking trails. Bontebok roaming in camp. Another huge list of new birds added to our list included the Fish eagle! We will be back for sure!!

  • 5/5 Graeme S. 7 months ago on Google
    It's one of our favourite SANParks. Friendly staff and always clean ablutions. Bontebok, you rock.

  • 5/5 Jesus to my Rescue M. 1 year ago on Google
    The most beautiful national park in South Africa with LOTS of hiking and biking trails. You can to see a lot game on route.

  • 4/5 Grant I. 9 months ago on Google
    Nice Park with opportunities to go for walks or mountain bike rides unaccompanied as there are no dangerous predators around. Also, a great day visitor area on the Breede River and an area where you can fish in the river. Friendly staff. Unfortunately, there is not much game, or they are hiding away extremely well. In the whole Bontebok Park on the day of our visit we saw a total of 3 Bontebok. The most common animal we saw was Mountain Zebra.

  • 5/5 ronel de S. 11 months ago on Google
    Great place to stay, in both chalets or camping. Ablution facilities are clean and quite modern. Great birdlife and frequent sightings of Bontebok. Always enjoy our stay here.

  • 5/5 Joshua De V. 1 year ago on Google
    Absolutely worth every cent!!! Wow wow wow!!! From self game drives to the beautiful stands!!! Camping was amazing!!! They even have stove tops, a microwave and a laundromat!!! Well done guys I'll be back!!!

  • 5/5 AFRICAN TREE F. 1 year ago on Google
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  • 5/5 Tami B. 1 year ago on Google
    We loved our stay in this awesome park. Neat, large stands with great ablutions and kitchen facilities. Well maintained by staff and reception staff super efficient and friendly. The hikes were great and the scenery of the river and mountains were breathtaking. Well done Sanparks.

  • 4/5 Kris V. 2 years ago on Google
    Beautiful. Quiet and lazy. Lots to do if you enjoy cycling, hiking and kayaking. Accommodation is great.

  • 4/5 Cedric T. 2 years ago on Google
    Magnificent biome. Saw more Red Hartebees the Bontebok. Both had young at foot.

  • 5/5 Mirinda C. 2 years ago on Google
    Well maintained and clean. Staff very friendly and helpful. We enjoyed our stay and the short walks mapped out

  • 3/5 Michelle I. 2 years ago on Google
    What a beautiful place and the bathrooms are super clean.The only bad thing is the contractors that stayed there.The receptionist did not mention it when we arrived.We were very disappointed because they played loud music and we could hear them braking off branches to use for fire wood.They charged their cellphones in the kitchen so we could not used the facility.I do not know why contractors stay in a camping facility for families.Please ask the receptionist when you make a booking if there are contractors staying there.When we complained when checking out she mentioned that a lot of campers were unlucky about this.

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  • Activities
    • ✓️ Hiking
  • Accessibility
    • ✓️ Wheelchair-accessible car park
    • ✓️ Wheelchair-accessible entrance


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