One of many smaller SANParks nationwide parks in South Africa, the Bontebok Nationwide Park lies to the sting of the picturesque historic city of Swellendam, weighing in at about 27 km² of nature reserve. Because it so occurred, we have been having fun with slightly vacation break in Swellendam initially of this yr, and as such, determined to go for slightly drive across the area, provided that Summer season actually wasn’t doing its finest to play together with our finish of yr vacation beliefs!
The park itself within reason uncommon for a SANParks website provided that it was designed and carried out as a species-specific nationwide park. Established in 1931 to attempt and make sure the survival of the endangered and at that time comparatively uncommon Bontebok antelope, the transfer proved to be an unqualified success as in the present day the park finds itself being house to round 200 bontebok, kind of the utmost quantity of buck a park of this dimension can successfully help!
Located (technically) below the foothills of the Langeberg Mountains and bordered to the south by the mighty Breede River, the park can be house to a few different animal species together with the Cape Mountain Zebra, Gray Rhebok, Cape Grysbok, Duiker, Purple Hartebeest and African Clawless Otter, and naturally acts as an ideal area for birdlife, with over 200 differing types recorded, together with that of the Stanley’s Bustard, Secretary Hen and Blue Crane (South Africa’s nationwide chook).
Primarily a grassland reserve, Bontebok Nationwide Park additionally serves then as a protected space for the conservation of coastal renosterveld and different endangered fynbos veld sorts, with a complete of almost 500 grasses and different plant species on the books. Residence to among the largest remaining ‘renosterveld islands’, the park additionally incorporates a number of plant species which are discovered nowhere else on this planet!
Just like the West Coast Nationwide Park, Bontebok Nationwide Park is totally free from massive predators roaming about, which means that this park is thus open for out of doors actions similar to climbing, mountain biking, picnics, and fishing, and certainly, its singular camp (Lang Elsie’s Kraal Relaxation Camp) is completely devoid of any fencing. In different phrases, you’ll most of the time get up to seek out bontebok casually mowing the garden!
So honestly, not essentially the most thrilling of parks to go to for only a drive round, positive, however it’s nonetheless a beautiful vast open area with loads of contemporary air, and thus the right place to go to given the present Covid pandemic that’s raging throughout us!
(Truthfully, that is undoubtedly not the character reserve for Chantelle, and definitely Emily hoped for one thing slightly extra thrilling on her birthday, however the latter we might a minimum of partly make up for by then whisking the women away for waffles at close by Ikigai and pizza at Woodpecker Pizzadeli. So brownie factors partially restored!)
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