My Bontebok National Park getaway
My exploratory adventures with South African National Parks continues this chilly season and if I thought that quad biking along the West Coast in April was thrilling, I clearly had not seen anything yet.
On an educational tour of Bontebok National Park, South Africa’s tiniest park on the outskirts of Swellendam, I discovered why this wonderful reserve is a must-visit for adventure lovers.
Whether you’re ziplining across the Buffeljachts Dam, putting your taste buds to the test at the Barrydale Cellar or trekking through the wilderness for a spot of game viewing, you’re sure to create memorable experiences.
WAKE UP TO NATURE’S CALL
Lang Elsie's Kraal Rest Camp is the ideal accommodation for some rest and relaxation in the Park.
Enjoy a well-deserved break at Lang Elsie’s Kraal Rest Camp, on the banks of the Breede River, while listening to the sounds of about 200 species of birds and for some Bontebok-spotting.
EXPERIENCE A ZIPLINING THRILL
Nothing gets your heart racing quite like a ride on a foefie slide across the Buffeljachts Dam.
Photographer Rory Alexander was the only one in our group willing to attempt this exhilarating activity. Considering he went back for a second ride, I’d say he had a great time!
STOP AND SMELL THE LAVENDER
After all of the excitement of the day, we headed out to the Lavender Farm in Swellendam.
In this perfumed wave of colour, it’s all too easy to get carried away by its calming effects while picking fresh lavender or staying overnight in the tranquil guest room.
FINE DINING IN SWELLENDAM
You can tell a lot about a town simply by the taste of its cuisine and if the dishes at the Old Gaol on Church Square and De Vagabond are anything to go by, the people of Swellendam certainly know how to put on a spread!
The tasty food and playground for kids at the Rolandale Restaurant and Farm Stall on the N2 highway make this the ultimate one-stop breakfast stop.
Satisfy your lunchtime hunger pangs at Old Gaol. Indulge in the warm roosterkoek with some apricot jam or bobotie, while the traditional melktert is a must for dessert.
A cosy fire and quirky décor makes De Vagabond a great choice for dinner. They offer some of the best food I’ve ever tasted, but my personal favourite is the malva pudding with home-made custard.
Visit www.sanparks.org for more information.