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Van Stadens Nature Reserve

Off the N2, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
+27 (0) 41 956 0155
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Type: Gardens
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- Oct 20, 2014
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Uitenhage
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

Well worth spending a morning or afternoon here. Excellent opportunities for photography. More varieties of Proteas here in one place than anywhere else in South Africa. Pack a picnic basket ans enjoy it in the fresh air.

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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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94 reviews 94 reviews
46 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Don't expect a fancy developed botanical garden when you go to the Wildflower Reserve. This is about getting back to nature yet close to the city. The paths are well maintained and easy to follow. Beautiful views across the Van Stadens gorge and even more beautiful King proteas and pin cushion proteas in flower when I was there. The staff... More

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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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61 reviews 61 reviews
8 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

This reserve is in a excellent location and provides beautiful scenery and views. The flowers were in bud when we were there and everything was looking well maintained. It is a shame that there are no real facilities on site and for a simple cup of coffee you need to drive over to Crossways country Kitchen. There is never anyone... More

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Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

The kids enjoy the nature and swimming. If you want to go camping or just an day visit this is the place to go.

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Geelong, Victoria, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

I had an afternoon spare which in PE so when out there for a quick visit. It's mostly a wildflower reserve, but there seems to be a lot of walks that could be pretty cool. The best part for me was the views over the gorge and bridge at the far end of the park. There were toilet and picnic... More

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Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
18 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

I would recommend taking the scenic route to/from PE. It's lovely to go through this part of the country and drink in the views.

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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

A beautiful place, but they need to work on their signage because it can be very misleading. Also they need to specify how strenuous the walks are for those who might not have the correct fitness level. Still a beautiful place though and I especially loved the forest walk.

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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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27 reviews 27 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

Within the boundaries of the VS conservancy lies the Van Stadens wildflower reserve. When the wildflowers bloom there, its amazing. Anywhere else in the world, it would probably be an important point of destination, but here in PE.... Only a handful of people seem to know about it. The challenge is that in this wild place, the flowers dont appear... More

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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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61 reviews 61 reviews
8 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

This is a wonderful half day trip from PE and you get to see some lovely flora. The Reserve offers lovely views over the van Stadens ravine and has very rpetty picnic spots. It is mostly deserted and makes for a very peaceful afternoon or morning. Take a picnic as there is no tea room.

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Jeffreys Bay
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013

We had a lovely lunch in the large restaurant overlooking the ocean, while the kids enjoyed the small beach and swam in the ocean while waiting for their food - everybody left feeling extremely happy!

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