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South Africa's smaller national parks - bijoux gems!

South Africa's smaller national parks - bijoux gems!

Many of the national parks in South Africa steal all the limelight but often, it's the smaller, lesser-known ones that are the best to visit.

This is especially true if you're coming at a very busy time of year, like Christmas or Easter, when the national parks appear to have more people than animals in them!

A particular favourite of ours is the diminutive but perfect Bontebok National Park just outside Swellendam, less than two hours from Cape Town. It is a species-specific park, established with the sole purpose of protecting the beautiful bontebok, which is a large antelope (larger than a gembok, smaller than a kudu). The park is also home to many endangered mountain zebra and has no predatory game.

This is where the park comes into its own. It's utterly wild, with the large, wide, slow-moving Breede River to the south, full of wildlife and birds but with no lodges, no game viewers, and the ability to walk, cycle, and roam as you please.

Personally, we love to camp with our Land Rover but frankly, it's not for everyone so instead, choose the beautifully built wooden chalets on the shore of the river for your stay.

Most likely, you'll be the only guest!

Glamping amongst the desert wild flowers
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We’re an ethical private travel planning company focused on Southern Africa.

We offer ready-made and also customised holidays and journeys across this unique region of the world.

When our clients travel with us, they are assured that their travel spend is directly supporting local African companies that offer sustainable products and services, both in terms of people and planet.


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The cave system has so far given rise to the remains of over 15 individuals, making it the largest hominid fossil remains site ever discovered.

Travelling to Southern Africa is truly a return to the source of humankind, to Where It All Began.

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