Thomas Baines Nature Reserve

Thomas Baines Nature Reserve is situated approximately 12km from Grahamstown off the N2 highway to Port Elizabeth. Thomas Baines Nature Reserve has been somewhat of an institution amongst Grahamstown residents since the 1960’s albeit that, at the time, it consisted of a mere 257ha of municipal land. In 1980 it was increased to 1024ha. Thomas Baines is named after the well known artist, naturalist and explorer who spent much of his time in the area. The Thomas Baines Goldfields Environmental Education centre caters for up to 60 learners at a time.

Activities: 
Camping
Picknicking
Bird watching,
Hiking
Swimming
Canoeing

Silaka Nature Reserve

Silaka lies in a forested valley only 7km south of Port St Johns. A small but beautiful coastal reserve, Silaka stretches from Second Beach to Sugarloaf Rock, covering 400ha. The Gxwaleni River flows through the reserve and forms an estuary, which enters the sea at the beautiful main beach. This exquisite reserve comprises grassland, a dramatic piece of coastline and a magnificent indigenous coastal forest with huge trees, offering a pristine coastal setting and exceptional bird-watching.

Activities: 
Swimming
Fishing (permit required)
Hiking
Bird watching
Self-drive wildlife watching (4x4 access only)

Ongeluksnek Nature Reserve

Ongeluksnek forms part of the Maloti-Drakensberg Transfrontier Park (MDTP) and boasts a rich natural heritage and biodiversity.

Activities: 
Hiking (several trails to choose from)
Mountain biking
Horse riding with guides (prior arrangements to be made).
4x4 trails
Bird-watching

Oviston Nature Reserve

Extraordinary sunsets and landscape consisting of vast, open grassland with low “koppies” (small mountains) makes Oviston Nature Reserve truly part of South Africa’s “Big Sky” country. Situated in the north-eastern part of the Eastern Cape Province along the southern shoreline of the mighty Lake Gariep, Oviston covers an area of approximately 16 000ha and stretches from the dam wall in the west, to the Bethulie railroad bridge in the east. Lake Gariep, which spans the borders of the Free State and the Eastern Cape, lies approximately two hours south of Bloemfontein.

Activities: 
Camping
Self-drive game viewing
Bird-watching
Picnicking
Walking trails
Hiking
Rock art
Fishing (permit required from Free state Post office only)

Mkambathi Nature Reserve

This is the Wild Coast at its most spectacular. The Mkhambathi Nature Reserve, situated on the coast of north-eastern Pondoland between Port Edward and Port St Johns, is a 7 720ha coastal reserve with open grasslands, dotted with indigenous forest patches and swamp forests and flanked by the magnificent forested ravines of the Msikaba and Mtentu rivers. Of the many rivers running through the reserve, the Mkhambathi is perhaps the most beautiful with its crystal clear pools and series of spectacular waterfalls.

Activities: 
Picnics
Bird-watching
Swimming
Walking Trails
Self-guided game viewing
Fishing(permit required and at designated areas only)
Dolphin and whale watching

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