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Van Stadens Nature Reserve

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Address: Off the N2, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Phone Number: +27 41 956 0155
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I stayed here as a child and loved it. I have been back many times since...in fact every time I have business or pleasure in PE I stay at this venue. Coming from the UK this time... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I stayed here as a child and loved it. I have been back many times since...in fact every time I have business or pleasure in PE I stay at this venue. Coming from the UK this time, we were provided with bedding, late arrival and a refund of damage deposit at exit. This business truly goes that extra mile. The... More 

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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

What a beautiful find right on our doorstep! Van Stadens is an ideal spot for a hike, cycle and/or picnic. It’s picturesque and the perfect place to recharge. Don’t forget your camera, sunscreen, good walking shoes and lots of water!

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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2016

Situated a mere 40 kilometres from Port Elizabeth, the reserve is a hidden gem for nature enthusiasts and fitness junkies alike. The reserve has no entry fee and has various tarred and gravel roads around the reserve. There are lovely hiking trails and mountain bike paths, all surrounded by the beautiful indigenous flora. The pin cushion proteas are all presently... More 

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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2016

The title says it all I felt like a gnome lost in a magical forest. We accidentally drove past the reserve and decided this we have to see. Driving in you get a taste of what is to come. We were able to park the car and walk through the reserve which is so great as you don't always get... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2016

the trek is well worth it! it is a safe environment and there are plenty of ppl around. the beach nearby is amazing and swimming can be done too.

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Philadelphia, United States
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2016

As we crossed over the Van Stadden Bridge, we were told that for some reason it was popular with people contemplating suicide. We kept our seat-belts firmly fastened and continued on with our trek.

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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2016

I absolutely love going to the van Stadens Flower reserve. There is ALWAYS something in bloom. It's an easy 25 minute drive out of Port Elizabeth and free to get in. Once in, you can park anywhere along the easy circular drive through the reserve. You can stop at the mud huts ... great photo opportunities there with the sunlight... More 

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Port Alfred, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2016

Such an amazing place to chill and recharge and close to PE. The sights and walks are awesome, and accommodation is also good.

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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2016

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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 12, 2016

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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