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 Post subject: Re: staying at Bontebok
Unread postPosted: Tue Mar 22, 2011 7:46 am 
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We have just returned from a nice 2 night stay at Bontebok. We saw lots of bontebok, rhebok and evern a grey mongoose. None of the elusive 8 mountain zebra though! The roads were not that bad except for a few patches. We just slowed down and drove slower - helps with spotting.

The chalets were great. I do think that they could do with aircon in the wrmer months, as Swellendam can get very hot, but you tend to forget about all of that when you go for a swim in the Breede river. The swimming "hole" was the best part of the trip for me. We made full use of this both days!


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 Post subject: Re: staying at Bontebok
Unread postPosted: Tue Mar 22, 2011 11:20 am 
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Hi Greg

Thank you for your positive message, we are so glad you have enjoyed your stay here 8)
Just remember: There is much more to do and see in Bontebok, like plants (the alloes will be in bloom round about end August) Birds (Denham's Bustard, Southern Black Korhaan, Swee Waxbill, Southern Boubou, to name a few) as well as the other animals you are yet to spot :lol:

We are looking forward to your next visit here ... :whistle:

Bontebok


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 Post subject: Re: staying at Bontebok
Unread postPosted: Wed Jul 13, 2011 8:34 am 
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came from the States and booked this park because it was on the way to capetown. The park, cabins and small town were all beautiful. We woke up and had to change a flat tire (bad roads and small car) but it was fine since bontebok were about 10 yards away the whole time--pretty much grazing next to the cabin. Also, I believe its cabin 4 that from the porch actually connects the point of the v in the river--so you can see both sides flowing. If you want to get away to read, write, fish or just enjoy the quiet, this place rocks.


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 Post subject: Re: staying at Bontebok
Unread postPosted: Mon Jul 18, 2011 9:30 pm 
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:thumbs_up: kemit, what an awesome post........I agree......We love Bontebok NP - the tranquility and the sense of " being out there", even though the town of Swellendam is just a few Km's away.......soo special.......A small Park that deserves sooo much more!!!

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 Post subject: Re: staying at Bontebok
Unread postPosted: Wed Sep 28, 2011 9:30 am 
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We are going to over the weekend and I was wondering about the pic nic spot called "Die Stroom" for day visitors. Where exactly is it and can you braai there?


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 Post subject: Re: staying at Bontebok
Unread postPosted: Wed Sep 28, 2011 10:17 am 
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Greg, you will find the info that you need in Stoffel's great Bontebok - October 2010 .
See here :
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Only in the late afternoon we decided to take a short ride in the direction of the day visitor’s area, Die Stroom (The Stream) – upstream in the Breede River from Lang Elsieskraal. To get there you pass the new Reception (still not in use) and conference facilities.


Photos of "Die Stroom" - scroll down this post .

Enjoy your visit to Bontebok ! 8)

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 Post subject: Re: staying at Bontebok
Unread postPosted: Tue Oct 18, 2011 1:36 pm 
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Hello to all

I have never staid at Bontebok before and would like to visit in November. I like my accommodation, or more specifically my braai facilities, private. Does every cottage have its own braai ? Are there some cottages more private than the rest or how is Bontebok accommodation laid out ?

Thanks for any info.


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 Post subject: Re: staying at Bontebok
Unread postPosted: Wed Oct 19, 2011 7:06 am 
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Each chalet has its own built in braai and the outside area faces away form the chalet next door, so you can't see your neighbours.


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 Post subject: Re: staying at Bontebok
Unread postPosted: Sun Oct 23, 2011 9:18 am 
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We are staying in Stellenbosch and Bontebok has been recommended by people we met yesterday. The reviews look amazing but we can't book! We can see availability for today, but when we try to book we can't :( We really want to stay and will be driving straight past, but it looks like we are going to miss out. This is such a shame - it might be worth getting your website changed to avoid others being disappointed too.


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 Post subject: Re: staying at Bontebok
Unread postPosted: Sun Oct 23, 2011 10:43 am 
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You can go in as day visitors, which is what we did when we stayed in Swellendam. Once there pop into the office and see if they have any availability.

The phone number listed on the website is +27 28 514 2735. Try phoning, they should be there. Or the email address is bontebok@sanparks.org.

I'll alert the mods to the problem with booking, but with it being the weekend I don't know if there will be anyone available.

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 Post subject: Re: staying at Bontebok
Unread postPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2011 9:21 pm 
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Do any of the bontebok chalets have a double bed??
The website shows that there are only single beds!!


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 Post subject: Re: staying at Bontebok
Unread postPosted: Mon Nov 07, 2011 7:41 am 
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no, sleep in one with two or put two next to eachother or just leave them as they are


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 Post subject: Re: staying at Bontebok
Unread postPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2011 7:59 am 
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Dear Clerette,

Bontebok National Park can make up a double bed for you on request when you book.

Kind Regards,
Marloise


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 Post subject: Re: staying at Bontebok
Unread postPosted: Sun Nov 20, 2011 5:27 pm 
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Bontebok, we agree with all of the good things people say about your park. I have actually one small little problem, or rather, four little problems, namely those four little swallows who wanted to go into the ablution rooms to build nests, but every now and then the staff closed the doors after chasing them out, leaving them sitting outside on the windowsill and on the suggestions box.
I wonder if it will be possible to build places where they can nest, something like the bats at Letaba?

Congratulations with the beautifully kept and managed park. We will not pass there without sleeping over at least once.


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 Post subject: Re: staying at Bontebok
Unread postPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2011 8:53 am 
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Dear Pietert,

We do allow the Swallows to nest outside the ablution facilities but due to health issues as well as upholding the standard and qaulity of out visitor facilities we unfortunately cannot allow them to nest inside a building.

We take the nests down while they are in the starting stages of building it, however, we will never take down a nest that we mght have missed and now has chick in. We will then wait until the chick have left the nest and than take it down.

I hope this anwsers your question and consern.

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Marloise

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