Walking in the Bontebok National Park, Swellendam

The Bontebok National Park is just outside Swellendam and as we had enjoyed our visit and walk last year we returned for a repeat experience. We turned into the carpark and found a group of bontebok who didn’t seem at all disturbed to have visitors!

We walked the Aloe Trail, c.4 kms of easy walking on clear paths through the funbos, and of course the aloes, with the Breede River on side and the Langeberg Mountains as a backdrop – wonderful!

The Aloe Trail in the Bontebok National Park

Aloes in the Bontebok National Park, with the Langeberg Mountains in the background

Aloes in the Bontebok National Park

Vygies in the Bontebok National Park
Vygies in the Bontebok National Park

Grasses & Aloe

The Breede River in the Bontebok National Park

The walk passes through the Rest Camp which has a lovely view over the river – it would be good to stay here – before continuing past Lang Elsie’s house and up the hill to more wide views of the mountains. A chalet in the rest camp

The remains of Lang Elsie's house in the Bontebok National Park
The remains of Lang Elsie’s house in the Bontebok National Park

The Aloe Trail in The Bontebok National ParkThe Langeberg Mountains from the Bontebok National Park

If you looked there were lots of small flowers which I unfortunately can’t identify, apart from the pink March lilies. 

March lilies in the Bontebok National Park
March lilies in the Bontebok National Park

Once over the hill the path leads down to the Breede River again, and then returns to the Rest Camp. The river here was full of blue water hyacinths which are very pretty but apparently a real menace.

The Breede River & the Rest Camp

Aloes & Grasses in the Bontebok National Park

It was only a c.4 kms walk but it was a very hot day and so it was a relief to return to the air-conditioned car!

The end of the Aloe Trail

The car park in the Bontebok National Park

And as we did last year we took the circular drive in the Park, over the plains above the river, in order to see the bontebok, some of which were having a ‘robust’ discussion!

Bontebok in the Park

And our final sighting at the end of a wonderful day…

Tortoise in the Bontebok National Park

Further information
Bontebok National Park

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