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Van Stadens Wild Flower Reserve

Posted by PE Travel Blogger on Thu November 6, 2014 in Fun day trips from Port Elizabeth.

The Van Stadens Wildflower Reserve is about 40 km west of Port Elizabeth. Van Stadens conserves a number of endemic, rare and threatened plants in the Albany Centre of Endemism and serves as an important environmental education centre to local communities in the Nelson Mandela Metropole and outlying regions.

The reserve belongs to the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipality (NMMM) and consists of a low-lying area of about 600 ha between the Van Stadens mountain and the coast.

The Van Stadens Wildflower Reserve is situated about 40 km west of Port Elizabeth, on the old Cape Road (R102) . Take the N2 out of the city towards Cape Town. After 40 km turn left off the N2 to Van Stadens Pass. The entrance to the reserve is on the right hand side, less than a kilometre from the N2. The gates open at 07h30 and close at 18h00 in summer and 17h00 in winter (1 May¬31 August). There is no entry fee.

There is a well maintained custom designed 'flower house' with correctly named flowering plant specimens at the reception office to test your knowledge.

Various walking trails are available.

A visit to the traditional Xhosa umzi (homestead) with household utensils, kraal and farming implements is worth a visit.

For further information contact us at friendsofvanstadens@gmail.com.

Floradale Garden Centre with its large variety of interesting plants is also home to the "King of Scones", The Rose Garden Tea House. On your return from Van Stadens, stop off for a traditional scone with strawberry jam and fresh cream.

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