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Van Stadens Nature Reserve

Address: Off the N2, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Phone Number: +27 (0) 41 956 0155
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Type: Gardens, Nature & Parks
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Jeffreys Bay, South Africa
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

It is a must for everyone visiting the PE area, only 25 minutes drive from PE. The van Stadens Nature Reserve is a forest area where once elephants roamed the area and an abundance of wild life was seen by early travellers.

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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

What an amazing piece of South Africa. A truely unique and gorgeous part of our heritage. The walk to the bridge is lovely and anyone is capable of doing it. Love the fact you can have a bite to eat and a drink, after your walk and watch the ocean.

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Uitenhage
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

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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101 reviews 101 reviews
46 attraction reviews
99 helpful votes 99 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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87 reviews 87 reviews
12 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 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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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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61 reviews 61 reviews
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30 helpful votes 30 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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29 reviews 29 reviews
4 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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