Overberg – Bontebok National Park
About the Birding
Bontebok National Park is situated a mere 6 km from Swellendam. The park was established in 1931 to save the endemic Bontebok, which at one point numbered only 17 individuals globally. This handsome antelope is now common in open areas of the park.
The entry gate (-34.0538, 20.4293) is reached from a turnoff on the N2 (-34.0523, 20.4272). Start your birding as you head east, from the four-way junction immediately next to the reception (-34.0591, 20.4306).
About the Birding Site
Situated very close to Swellendam, Bontebok National Park is famed in conservation circles for saving the last of its name-sake species. Despite being the smallest national park, it offers excellent birding, with several sought-after species on offer. The habitat is a mix of Fynbos and Renosterveld covered plains and ridges, with the Breede River forming its southern boundary. It makes a great stop enroute to the Garden Route, or as a stop while birding the Agulhas Plains.
Other Related Information
Access and facilities:
Entry gate (-34.0538, 20.4293)
Reception (-34.0591, 20.4306)
Admission costs (daily rate):
South African: Adult: R48 / Children: R24
SADC Nationals: Adult: R70 / Children: R35
International: Adult: R140 / Children: R70