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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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- Jul 17, 2014
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Geelong, Victoria, Australia
1 review
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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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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23 reviews 23 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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26 helpful votes 26 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
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8 helpful votes 8 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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Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

It needs to be upgraded. Toilets average. View is good. The whole place looks a bit tatty. Beautiful flora.

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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

So tranquil and beautiful. It feels as if you are in another world. The perfect place to escape the busy city.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

You have to pay to get in, it was about 10Rand each, so not expensive but I've never paid to sit at a beach before, but like most things in SA its a fenced off enclosure. The police patrol so its all very safe. There were lots of families there. It was super hot when we went, easily in the... More

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Jeffreys Bay, South Africa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

When last I was there, I missed some of the splendour as there was a drought, however the majestic mountains more than made up for lack in rivers!

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