Our featured this pass this week is the short, steep and switchback peppered Bontebok Pass. It can be clearly seen by anyone travelling over the Molteno Pass, as it is located on the opposite side of the valley formed by the Gamka River. Nestled amongst the trees in the valley is the Ko-Ka Tsara bush camp, which is the base for exploring the 30,000 acres of private game reserve. The reserve abutts the Karoo National Park and although separated by game fences, the entire area forms one enormous game reserve. (We have provided the contact details - just click the blue hyperlink)
You can explore other, easier roads on the reserve in a normal sedan vehicle, but you will need a high clearance 4x4 to complete the Bontebok Pass. The views are breathtaking. At the summit, you'll be in a Karoo high altitude wonderland, where herds of Springbuck roam and game spotters will see lots of other game too - like giraffe and wildebeest. The reserve offers 20 species of game and 196 bird varieties. Take a drive over the plateau to explore the dramatic (and often empty) Gamka Dam and learn about Beaufort West's inventive plan to recycle water - or simply spend time relaxing in your chalet enjoying the utter peace of the Karoo where the riverine bush offers bird-watchers a multitude of attractions.
The feature this week is not a paid advertorial. We simply decided to feature it for what it has to offer the adventurous traveller.
Ko-Ka Tsara and its tracks are only open to paying guests.
Click on this link: BONTEBOK PASS