It may be the smallest national park, but the Breede River Valley and Langeberg make for a big backdrop for an active holiday. Situated close to the quaint town of Swellendam, the park is easily accessible for a day visit or longer stay.

Bontebok is the smallest, most intimate national park in the country. The campsite is lovely: many of the stands are literally carved into the forest, and shade, grass and braais are plentiful.

– Nick Dall,Wild 26

Main attractions

  • Birding
  • Swimming and kayaking
  • Bontebok grazing near camp


  • Picnicking (Die Stroom has braai sites)
  • Mountain biking
  • Hiking
  • Fly-fishing

Top sightings: Bontebok, Cape mountain zebra, bat-eared fox, aloes, ericas, Stanley’s bustard

Accommodation: Chalets, camping

Gate times: 07:00 – 19:00

Nearest centre: The park is directly outside Swellendam; Cape Town is less than 3 hours away (240km).

Wild Card: Purchase or renew at reception

Contact park: +27 (0)28 514 2735, [email protected]

SANParks Central Reservations: +27 (0)12 428 9111, [email protected]

Visit Bontebok National Park’s home page.