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Re: Bontebok National Park: how old is it?

Unread postby BunduBoi » Sat Mar 11, 2006 11:37 am

tony rebelo wrote: It is only a matter of time before the Bontebok will again be found all the way from Bontebok NP to Potberg and Bredasdorp.

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A very exciting prospect indeed! Though I have no idea how it's going to happen...
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Bontebok National Park: how old is it?

Unread postby tony rebelo » Mon Mar 13, 2006 10:04 am

This will happen by members of the conservancy buying Bontebok - either from SANParks or CapeNature or elsewhere -and placing them in their conserved areas. I would be very surprized if some members do not already have plans to do so.

Perhaps even in time, an agreement to remove some fences may be possible, although this is far more problematic, and I dont know if SANParks (Bontebok) or CapeNature (De Hoop) will easily buy into the scheme.

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Re: Bontebok National Park: how old is it?

Unread postby reinette » Mon Mar 13, 2006 10:22 pm

gwendolen wrote:Natural and Cultural History of Bontebok National Park.
This is the information given by SANParks on this website. Nothing seems to be hidden to me. Are you perhaps referring to a publication?

Agree with you Gwen, they clearly tell about the move :), and the first 'park' was still the Bontebok NP.
In 1931 the first Bontebok National Park was proclaimed on an area near Bredasdorp. The Park was later moved to the area it is now, to suit habitat requirements of the bontebok

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Re: Bontebok National Park: how old is it?

Unread postby tony rebelo » Thu Mar 16, 2006 3:58 pm

BunduBoi wrote:A very exciting prospect indeed! Though I have no idea how it's going to happen...


One of Cape Nature's many long-term aims would be to get Bontebok and others, back on to the higher nutrient areas inland of De Hoop. The Stewardship Programme, the CAPE Fine Scale Planning and the Breede River Conservancy will all
contribute to the envisaged corridor along the Breede River from De Hoop to the Langeberg, including and connecting the remaining renosterveld patches in this area. This would then ultimately link with the Marloth, Grootvadersbos, Doornkloof, Warmwaterberg, Sanbona, Anysberg and co. Nice to dream!!

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Unread postby Stoffel » Thu Sep 14, 2006 2:49 pm

I've read the proposed management plan for Bontebok on the web-site. I am so glad that SANParks is already investing some capital into the upgrading of tourism facilities and also plans to do quite some more in the foreseen future. I always had the impression that Bontebok used to be the "stepchild" of South African National Parks as about everything in the park seemed to be in a process of downgrading during recent years.

Thank you SANParks for the present and future upgrading of the infrastructure in Bontebok - IMHO one of the most underestimated National Parks in our country. I just love the place.
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Unread postby Dreamer » Mon Oct 09, 2006 11:10 pm

Stoffel wrote:
Thank you SANParks for the present and future upgrading of the infrastructure in Bontebok - IMHO one of the most underestimated National Parks in our country. I just love the place.


A fantastic park and great for us to visit from Cape Town, only a couple of hours away. We have spent many, many long weekends caravanning there and look forward to returning soon. One of our family's favouriites.

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Unread postby leopardspotter » Tue Oct 10, 2006 1:36 am

Snap Dreamer it's also one of our family favourites, a lovely drive from Cape Town. Heres a pic to bring back some good memories :wink: :
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Unread postby restio » Mon Oct 23, 2006 6:34 pm

Lovely photo, leopardspotter! I also have happy memories of Bontebok NP. A charming park!. I especially loved watching the animals and birds in the camp.
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Unread postby Stoffel » Thu Nov 09, 2006 11:36 am

I "dropped" into Bontebok yesterday on a quick (unplanned) visit to go and have a swift look at the upgrades taking place in the rest camp, which is presently closed.

After the usual friendly reception I inquired whether I will be allowed to have a quick peep at the upgrading taking place. Fortunately the friendly man standing next to me (buying a cool drink from Jannie Swanepoel at reception) was the park manager, Bongani Mnisi.

After telling him about my long "relationship" with Bontebok (since 1965 I think) and my love for the park, he invited me into his office and showed me some graphics of the new chalets presently under construction and the new proposed road system and entrance gate.

To all other Bontebok lovers - our little Cinderella is in the process of changing into the deserved princess. The new 3-bed chalets (replacing the worn out chalet vans) look great. I have not seen plans of the interior lay-out of the new chalets, but the timber and natural rock outsides look great.

The rest camp will also have Escom power in future and thanks to that some camp sites will have electricity. For those who like to camp the rustic way (no electricity) - you are also catered for. The camping area down at the river will be slightly smaller with no camping allowed on the water's edge. The latter is earmarked for general recreation purposes.

The road system will be changed - some of the present roads to be closed. A new entrance (hoped to be ready by 2008) will be made from the N2 with a new reception area. The present reception area will be transformed to an interpretation centre aimed at (mainly) local youth to be exposed to a variety of ecological aspects. Roads will not be tarred but the gravel surfaces will undergo major upgrades.

One of the nicest things (IMO) is the fact that day visitors will have a separate area (Die Stroom) and not be allowed in the rest camp when it re-opens in May 2007.

I had a quick look at the building activities at the rest camp (unauthorised - naughty hey?) and saw that about all the wooden platforms for the chalets are nearly completed. The old ablution (which will be for campers only) is undergoing a major upgrade.

Personally I can hardly wait for the "new" rest camp to be opened in May.

By the way - I saw a Stanley's Bustard in the park yesterday (a bird I have not seen for many years) and it is lambing season in the park - lots of youngsters to be seen.
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Unread postby MarkWildDog » Thu Nov 09, 2006 11:57 am

WOW! Stoffel, thanks for the excelent info :thumbs_up: , looks like Bontebok is going to be amazing. We will definetly have to make a plan to visit soon. :)

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Unread postby DuQues » Thu Nov 09, 2006 4:14 pm

Stoffel wrote:I had a quick look at the building activities at the rest camp (unauthorised - naughty hey?)

I bet you could have said that the forum had authorised you, what authorisation do you need more? :wink:

Did you happen to sneak some photo's as well? Or did you not have your spycam ready?
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Unread postby Stoffel » Thu Nov 09, 2006 5:03 pm

Sorry DQ. The visit was a "spur of the moment" decision as I actually travelled to Heidelberg (Cape) on business and only when coming back (and passing Bontebok's turn-off) I decided to go and have a quick peep. Unfortunately no camera with me.
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Unread postby Bush Baptist » Thu Nov 09, 2006 7:00 pm

Thanksd Stoffel,

I am a Bontebok Park lover and am pleased with the news.

Also seen Stan's bustard there.
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Unread postby Dreamer » Thu Nov 09, 2006 7:33 pm

Hi Stoffel
Bontebok 'is' a family favourite. We just loved it as it was, so I hope we will not be disappointed with the changes and that the 'is' does not become a 'was' :? I suppose we need to move on, but we just loved the no electricity. I will be positive and wait to see the changes :D
We always caravanned in our own caravan and each one of us had a favourite spot.
Are the chalets been built in the same area as the chalavans were and are there a lot more?
We developed such a good relationship with the park attendant Karel. His wife used to take care of the ladies ablutions and he did all the maintenance etc. His afrikaans was quite difficult to understand.Our best was when he discussed the weather. Instead of saying.. 'Dit gaan nie reen nie", he would say "Dit gattie reen nie".
We nik-named him Gattie :lol:

Perhaps when we pass there in Jan on our way to Tsitsikamma and Addo we should have a peek and maybe sneek a couple of pics for the Bontebok forum Fans :D

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Unread postby restio » Thu Nov 09, 2006 8:33 pm

Thanks for the update on Bontebok, Stoffel! We also love the park. Hope that the new additions are a facelift, but that it retains its quiet charm.
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