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Van Stadens Nature Reserve

Off the N2, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
+27 41 956 0155
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A lovely piece of protected nature

The emphasis is on the protection of the indigenous vegetation, in particular the wild flowers... read more

Reviewed 3 April 2018
Anna B
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Centurion, Gauteng, South Africa
Beautiful

Took a leisurely drive on the old road taking the pass below the Van Stadens Bridge.. very... read more

Reviewed 16 March 2018
Caro W
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Off the N2, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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Reviewed April 3, 2018

The emphasis is on the protection of the indigenous vegetation, in particular the wild flowers. There is a loop that you can drive, several nature trails to walk, and many pleasant picnic spots with tables and benches. A really pleasant and relaxing days' outing. The...More

Thank Anna B
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Reviewed March 16, 2018

Took a leisurely drive on the old road taking the pass below the Van Stadens Bridge.. very beautiful. .. There was road works at the time, so be careful round the bends.

Thank Caro W
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Reviewed August 28, 2017 via mobile

This seems like it would be a great place to walk and hike with family and friends. Pitty at this stage everything is ash after the fires we had all around. Cant wait for the fields to recover and explore this wilderness.

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Reviewed May 2, 2017

What a lovely experience we had visiting van Stadens; took a lovely drive and then a walk to have a look at the beautiful flora that abounds. Having a volunteer "Friends of Van Staden" as a guide was the best. I do suggest that you...More

Thank 1964DragonLady
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Reviewed March 19, 2017

Just 20 min from the city limits, a perfect place for a change of scenery and fresh air. The two hikes are very different but great. Picnic or just a flask of coffee on a bench will recharge the battery. Flat, jeep tracks and single...More

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Reviewed December 4, 2016

To think of how the Van Staden Bridge was constracted is mind boggling, land scaping is beautiful and unspoiled nature is appealing, however, the municipality of Port Elizabeth took a decision to prohibit vehicles form stopping on the bridge to view the beauty of nature...More

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Reviewed November 17, 2016 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...More

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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!

2  Thank RiaLoga
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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...More

1  Thank Mands007
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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...More

1  Thank Lizzie1606
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