Fauna and Flora
Bontebok National Park is an excellent place for birding - with vast open landscapes and plenty of natural viewing spots.
The park is noteworthy as an excellent place to see Denham's (Stanley's) Bustard.
Other species commonly viewed in Bontebok National Park include:
From the park reception area:
- Blue Crane
- Spur-wing Goose
- Southern Black Korhaan
- Southern (Lesser) Double Collared Sunbird
From the campsites:
- Fiscal Flycatcher
- Klaas's Cuckoo
- AcaciaPied Barbet
- Red-faced Mousebird.
- Pearl-breasted Swallow
From the dense riverine bush adjacent the Breede River or along the river's edge:
- Swee Waxbill
- Water Thick-knee
For more birding information and park bird checklist, go to Information for Birders.
There are a variety of mammals that visitors can find throughout Bontebok National Park. There are about 158 bontebok that traverse the fynbos plain and guests are certain to see this colourful conservation success story. Red Hartebeest, Grey Rhebok, Steenbok, and Grysbok are also about, commonly amidst the Park’s founding species. In addition, there are 8 of the endangered Cape Mountain Zebra that visitors can see.
The Park has various carnivore species including Caracal, Bat-Eared Fox, Cape Fox, and Aardwolf. Although these species are mostly nocturnal there have been day sightings of Bat Eared Foxes and Aardwolf. There are various Mongoose Species and the Breede River provides a perfect setting for Cape Clawless Otter.
The Cape Floral Kingdom, recognized as one of the most biologically diverse areas on earth, is exemplified here. There is something in bloom year round with the peak flower season in the spring. The vegetation is fynbos and characterized by four major plant types: restioids, ericoids, proteoids, and geophytes. Coastal Renosterveld is a part of this vegetation biome and is found in limited areas. It usually grows in highly fertile soils.
This high fertility has meant that most of the area has been converted to agriculture, with other Renosterveld types also heavily ploughed or used as augmented pasture. It is a vegetation type in need of conservation.
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Did You Know?
- It is also one of the largest remaining 'renosterveld islands' containing several plant species found nowhere else in the world