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Cape Recife Nature Reserve

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Address: Marine Drive, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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Peaceful and beautiful

Lighthouse appeared to be closed, no obvious signs. Beautiful beach with a lot of interesting stuff washed up on the shore. Small entrance fee, but other nature reserves in EC... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Geraldine L
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Watford, United Kingdom
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Watford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lighthouse appeared to be closed, no obvious signs. Beautiful beach with a lot of interesting stuff washed up on the shore. Small entrance fee, but other nature reserves in EC make no charge.

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Hastings, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

Cape Recife was so close to where we were staying we almost didn't see it! Lovely place to walk and escape the city and noise.

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Hinckley, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

We visited the reserve as part of a tour of Port Elizabeth with 'Alan's tours', which included stopping at the SAMREC bird rescue / rehabilitation centre, climbing to the top of the lighthouse, walking on the dunes and driving through the reserve. Well worth doing! The views from the top of the lighthouse are very good, and seeing zebra with... More 

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Roodepoort, Gauteng, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

Away from the noise of the city, wonderful fynbos and plants. Animals like zebra and buck are in the reserve, you can walk, no lions or dangerous animals. You can climb the lighthouse steps yo the top if with a guide penguin rehabilitation centre at the reserve.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

The Cape Recife Lighthouse is a beautiful spot (close to the city) to get out for a while and appreciate the natural beauty of this reserve. We visited on a day for sundowners, when a storm was about to roll in. It was magnificent, with some very special memories, and Instagram pics. There is a small charge to get in... More 

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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

What a beautiful area we live in. So spoilt to live so close to this unspoilt beauty! Even did the Continental 10km race through here, loved it!

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Bunde, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

The Cape Recife Nature Reserve is just outside PE on the Indian ocean towards The Willows and Schoenmakerskop. Don't forget to visit the bird center.

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Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

Just when you think you have seen everything Port Elizabeth has to offer then Cape Recife and it's exceptional beauty just surprises you. We did the full 8.5km walk and had a champagne breakfast in the bird-hide on route. From the inland beauty of the estuaries to the coastline and its lighthouse, this is a true gem in the middle... More 

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Stockholm, Stockholms Län, Sweden
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2016

Went there in the afternoon on a weekday and we were completely alone for most parts of the hike. Beautiful.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2016

Just a few minutes drive out of town this is a great little retreat from the city. The lighthouse is a beautiful stoic feature on the shore, and the birding is always great. Walking along the beach is picaresque and peaceful, despite the frequent presence of fishermen. Cape Recife is perfect for a short break any time you get one... More 

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