Trip I (2011) Algeria to Bontebok National Park - 343km, 4 to 5 hours.
Trip II (2012) Stormsriver Mouth to Bontebok National Park - 370km 4 to 5 hours.


(I) Today's ride is a long one through areas where there are little or no reason for nature tourists to sleep over, but luckily there are numerous very beautiful and interesting sights along the way.
(II) This ride is filled with holiday accommodation in very beautiful coastal and inland areas with the temptation to turn off to stay a day or so crossing one's mind quite a lot of times and since you are on holiday, nothing prevents you from stopping and spending time along the way to the Bontebok National Park. We only skipped places like Plettenberg Bay and Knysna because at the time we left Stormsriver Mouth, the wind was blowing quite cold and we decided to skip them and move further inland. Luckily with wheels you can run away from bad weather quite easily - especially when it is out of season and you need not make advance bookings.

The towns passed (I):

Citrusdal is, like its name indicates, a place where citrus is being produced. In Citrusdal, it happens on a very large scale and the industry is one of the pillars on which the town's economy rests. It is also a good town to restock used supplies.

Worcester is home to the National Karoo Botanical Garden, a must see for those who are interested in the plant species that grow in the drier parts of the country. Worcester should also be a good choice to replenish or repair kit or gizmos that got broken on the tour so far.

Robertson. The town known for its brandy, dessert wines and liqueurs. Not something that a nature tourist will automatically turn his or her back on and it may just be that that side of the camping supplies needs looking at. Well, in that case, Robertson will be a good place to replenish.

Swellendam is also quite a large town, with the local Co-op selling camping equipment like gas etc. There are also some friendly restaurants along the main road where a meal may come in handy.

The towns passed (II):

Plettenberg Bay

Knysna

Wilderness These towns are all some of South Africa's best holiday places with lots for the nature tourist.

Mossel Bay

Bontebok National Park was created to save the Bontebok from extinction when there were only seventeen of them left. Proof of the success of their efforts lies in the fact that there are now a large number of them, with about 3000 of them distributed to many other parks, game farms and reserves.

This park offers great camping as well as self-catering huts with beautiful views over the Breede River, hiking, mountain biking, swimming and angling in the Breede River with fishing permits available from reception, Kayaking with own equipent and game drives with own vehicle. There are also now a day-visitors area for braaiing, picnicking, swimming and fishing. Even large weddings were held here with the whole camp reserved for the wedding guests. For further information and reservations, visit their web pages here.