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Unread postPosted: Sat Oct 08, 2005 9:18 pm 
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Here is a picture overlooking the campsites near the river :

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Red Hartebeest

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Bontebok roaming in the grassy camping area:

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 Post subject: Bontebok Bird Census
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Bontebok is proud to announce its hosting of a bird count and associated birding extravaganza on the weekend of the 25th to 27th November 2005. The event is run in association with Birdlife SA and Marloth Nature Reserve

If you are still looking for a venue for Birding Big Day, why not merge your efforts with this event. Habitat wise there will be the Mountain Heights in the adjacent Marloth Reserve to compliment the renosterveld, riverine bush and Breede River offerings found in the park. A real diversity of habitats which could see participants log impressive totals. The forests of Grootvadersbosch are also within the permitted 50km radius as an additional habitat option.

In addition there will be talks by birding experts on among other the Blue Crane and the Black Harrier. There are also bird themed activities for children.

Go to events on the home page for more detail or look under information for Birders.


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My yellow ribbon will be shown in Bontebok Park this coming weekend (18 - 20 November). Any other other forumites there? Looking forward to a peaceful weekend next to the Breede River with bontebok grazing amongst the caravans/tents and prolific bird life.

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No I'm not going this weekend
But I know the weather is going to be lovely :!:
There are a few nice walks along the river it is really fun and good for birders.
Are you going to be camping :?:


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Take your cozzy - swimming in the river near the weir is great fun.


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If you fish, don't forget your fishing rod its really fun fishing in the river.

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Just returned after a wonderful weekend. Will report a.s.a.p.

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As promised - a short report on our visit to Bontebok. It was only our second time staying over in the park, but we had numerous day visits over the years. It was the first time that we took our caravan to the park. Reception is about 5 km from the N2 on gravel (not the best road for a caravan, but I drove very slowly - took me 30 minutes). The first part of the road to Lang Elsie's Kraal (campsite) is also quite a test for your caravan, but if you do it slowly it is quite passable. We found a very nice campsite under two Acacia karoo trees with a bit of a view over the river.

During the weekend we saw most of the more common antelope species (even steenbok which was a first for me in the park). It is lambing season for the bontebok and we saw quite a few young ones. It was a bit disturbing to have a young bontebok lamb around our caravan the Friday night. He/she either lost it mother or was abandoned. We really felt sorry for the little one as it was calling for its mother. My suspicion for abondonment was the fact that its legs were slightly deformed and it probably could not keep up with the herd. But we never saw the little fella again during the rest of the weekend. Hopefully he/she found its mother. I nevertheless reported it to one of the personnel, but I got the impression nature has to go its own way. (A ranger in a private reserve once used the following expression in my company: "Nature is beautiful, but nature is cruel")

We saw a wide variety of birds, which I am not going to list here. But I also struggled with positive ID with a lot of LBJ's (being quite a novice bird watcher). However, the sound of fish eagles and blue cranes flying over is definitely worth mentioning.

New accommodation is going to be build at Lang Elsie's Kraal. Work will progress in April 2006. The camp site will be closed while building is taking place. Hopefully the character of the present camp will not be touched too much, but upgrading to the present ablutions is necessary.

Our Saturday night was slightly spoiled with a crowd of intoxicated people at the chaletvan right opposite our camp site. Why does people who want to party come to tranquil places like Bontebok? Unfortunately there is no resident personnel in the camp and therefore nobody who can "enforce" a bit of camping etiquette at a wonderful place like Bontebok.

All in all it was a great weekend and we are already planning for our next trip.

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Hi Stoffel,
thx for the report.

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We came back yesterday from a three night stay at Bontebok, we had lots of fun and saw many things. A Fish Eagle (that I was very exited about) perched on a dead tree sticking out of a cliff along the Breede River, after observing him for a while he flew off in search of prey and later on flew straight above the camp.

We also saw eight Zebra (nothing like Kruger :lol: :lol: ), Hartebeest, Kori Bustard, Southern Black Koraan, Secretary Bird, Ostrich and of cause loads of Bontebok, there was a very cute new born strolling around the camp with its mother by it side.

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It is a great park

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If you are into birds, this is one of the better places to pick up Black Harrier.


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 Post subject: Bontebok National Park
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I have never stayed at Bontebok and wonder what the accommodation is like? Accommodation is advertised as 'Chalavans' which are apparently caravan-cum-cottages. Also are they near the river because we would like to do some canoeing.


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They were building a few cottages in Jan last year. I am suprised they aren't finished.

The chalavans look cute. The caravan part is for sleeping and is attached to a wooden living area.

I camp - anything permanent looks like luxury to me.

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The river is close to the chalavans. Someone else will probably comment on its canoeing suitability. Perhaps you can start further upstream and canoe down to the park?

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