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Address: Swellendam, South Africa
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+27 28 514 2735
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This picturesque camping area is a protected refuge for the rare bontebok,...

This picturesque camping area is a protected refuge for the rare bontebok, a South African antelope recognizable for its red coat and white face.

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Ian

Day visitor. Great Nature Reserve. Friendly, welcoming staff at the front office. Lovely walks along the river. Bird life wonderful. Animals a little scarce, but good views of... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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4 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Day visitor. Great Nature Reserve. Friendly, welcoming staff at the front office. Lovely walks along the river. Bird life wonderful. Animals a little scarce, but good views of Bontebok, Eland and Zebra. A few hours well spent.

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Thank Ian C
Cape Town, South Africa
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13 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Chalets is nice and comfortable, with a nice swimming area in the river below the cabins. A few animals are to be seen in the park and you have nice mountain bike trails.

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28 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you're passing through Swellendam, be sure to take a drive through the Bontebok National Park. It has birds and views of the mountain and, best of all, the once endangered bontebok, a fine looking antelope creature. You can go to viewpoints or take a hike along a trail, and then get back on your way on nearby N2.

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Thank hanajon
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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28 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Its entance changed, so when navigating, you'll end up at the previous entrance. Its now between the weigh bridge and silos. My husband and I paid R74, received a map and brief description of things to do. Its a short 15 to 20km drive within the reserve, so an easy 2 to 3 hours with stops for pictures, short hikes... More 

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Durban, South Africa
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37 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

First brief visit and it was enjoyable as a day trip, mixing a bit of viewing of fauna and flora, short hiking trails, and relaxation at the recreation areas. More could be done for day visitors at De Stroom (i.e. a small cafe' / kiosk would suffice).

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Thank DurbanPearl
Broomfield, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The accommodations were one of the best. The view from the cottage is of the river and mountains. It is quiet and serene. There are many and a variety of hikes to do. You will never get tired of seeing all the Bonteboks. We stayed a few more days.

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Reading, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

Drove around for 60 minutes saw a few Bontebok and some birds, disappointing and not good value for money.

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Thank Kevin H
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

We hiked one of the short trails - it was lovely especially in spring with so many flowers blooming. We then self-drove along the dirt roads. We saw some Bontebok from the distance, even some Cape Mountain Zebras. Then one Bontebok crossed the road right in front of us so we could see it much better. Finally we enjoyed our... More 

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Durban, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

We drove to Swellendam and had a lovely outing to Bontebok National Park. I have been crossing off as many SANParks and Cape Nature parks as I can. It was wonderful to see a young Bontebok calf suckling from the mother. This park was created to help with the conservation of Bontebok and they have now been brought back from... More 

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Thank Rose K
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

If you are passing through Swellendam and are looking for somewhere to eat, the picnic area in the national park is beautiful. It overlooks a river where you can swim and it was perfect to spend an afternoon with family. It was very quiet so you will feel like you have the place to yourselves.

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