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Van Stadens Nature Reserve

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Address: Off the N2, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Phone Number: +27 (0) 41 956 0155
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A place of great natural beauty.

This reserve is only a 30 min drive from Port Elizabeth and is well signposted. Sections of roads in the reserve are tarred, others gravel and then there are routes more suitable... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Jilldutoit
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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This reserve is only a 30 min drive from Port Elizabeth and is well signposted. Sections of roads in the reserve are tarred, others gravel and then there are routes more suitable for hikers and quad/mountain bikers. Before you set out to explore the reserve, look at the info boards in the lapa close to the gates and pick up... More 

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1 Thank Jilldutoit
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been here several times for research related activities, and I am captured each time by how gorgeous it is. With ericas and proteas flowering all around you and the air thick with the calls of sunbirds and sugarbirds this place is a feast for the senses for any nature lover. The views of the Van Stadens bridge are... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

The Van Stadens Bridge on the N2 was opened on November 11, 1971. It is a great sight to visit. It is also very emotional as so many people used it to commit suicide

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Thank Katrina A
Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016

There are no game to be viewed, but this is more than compensated by the beauty of the place. In addition, if you are a bird lover then you will be rewarded by sighting plenty of these wonderful creatures. Don't for get your camera, hat, good walking shoes and water. Enjoy the peace and tranquility of the nature around you.

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Thank Shaka1652
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2016

Visited it as a back up plan and was pleasantly surprised. Very small reserve but offers very nice walks. Also no big game what makes up for it with natural beauty!

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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2016

This really is an amazing natural spot with hiking and mountain biking options. Best spot to see proteas in their natural environment plus the views of the Van Stadens gorge and bridge is stunning

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Parys
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 29, 2016

Remember to take enough water because you hike a lot. Bird lovers paradise. Trees lovely. Was very relaxed. Lots to do start early in the morning.

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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2016

Took a drive to go and see the reserve and view the proteas in bloom. The facilities were minimal, but well maintained. Nice driving routes throughout he reserve, with picnic and braai spots available at strategic look out points. Beautiful foliage, rich with bird life of all types: observed the emerald and red Knysna Lourie up close. Numerous proteas, Fynbos... More 

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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2016

Every time I've been here, I have enjoyed the few hours in this reserve. It is not a botanical garden in the sense of wooden walkways and artificial gardens. instead you are between bright flowering Proteas in their wild habitat. I will definitely return to one of the picnic spots. The volunteers that run the reserve are doing an incredibly... More 

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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2016

Good location for hiking, bird watching and seeing a few proteas. Very nice view of the bridge. Not many facilities.

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