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Blaauwkrantz Nature Reserve

  • Blaauwkrantz Nature Reserve - Western Region, Eastern Cape
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Blaauwkrantz Nature Reserve

Located 22 km from Grahamstown, in the rugged Blaauwkrantz Gorge, lies the Blaauwkrantz Nature Reserve which covers a total area of 200 ha on the banks of the Blaaukrantz River. The reserve displays a diverse variety of Eastern Province thornveld vegetation which includes over two hundred plant species. The region is charcterised by rocky outcrops, and magnificent specimens of aloes and tree euphorbias, also known as Candelabra trees.

The Blaauwkrantz Nature Reserve is managed by the Algoa Regional Services Council, and also serves as a decent birding destination with 185 species being spotted in the reserve.

An interesting variety of mammals can also be see in the Blaauwkrantz Nature Reserve, including bushbuck, vervet monkey, rock hyrax (a.k.a. rock dassie) and the Cape clawless otter. Of particular importance in the Blaaukrantz Nature Reserve is a rare and almost extinct fish called the Eastern Province rocky (Sandelia bainsii), found in pools along the Blaauwkrantz River. The reserve features an environmental education centre containing much information on the area.

Rock climbing at Blaauwkrantz Nature Reserve is another popular activity, with the rugged cliffs of Blaauwkrantz Gorge providing challenging climbs for all levels of mountaineering.

Located at the bottom of the Blaaukrantz Gorge, lies a magnificent pool, known as the Blaauwkrantz Pool. Legend has it that these pools are the home of "The People of the River" also known as Abantu Bomlambo. According to Xhosa cosmology, the People of the River are believed to live beneath the water with their crops and cattle, and are often consulted by initiates before they are trained as sangomas or diviners. Those who gain approval are said to be taken into the depths of a pool to join their society for a time. Those who are rejected by the People of the River drown.


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A Stone's Throw
Graded:
Sleeps 8 in 2 units
From R 415
Per person, per night sharing | Sleeps 2 adults max
* Rates may vary according to season

A Stone's Throw

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Grahamstown

Western Region

15.8 Km from Blaauwkrantz Nature Reserve

Freedom is a stone's throw away...stunning sunsets - country garden setting - spectacular views - bird lover's delight - swimming pool - scenic walks - children welcome. Warm Eastern Cape Hospitality!

Aries Guest
Sleeps 4 in 1 unit
From R 600
Per person, per night sharing | Sleeps 4 adults max
* Rates may vary according to season

Aries Guest

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Grahamstown

Western Region

20.1 Km from Blaauwkrantz Nature Reserve

Aries Guest is among the best self-catering accommodation options available in the Grahamstown area. Based in a secure apartment block in the suburb of Oatlands, with views stretching up over the town and Rhodes University, Aries Guest boasts not only s

1 on Ross
Sleeps 9 in 3 units
From R 300
Per person, per night sharing | Sleeps 1 adults max
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1 on Ross

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Grahamstown

Western Region

20.8 Km from Blaauwkrantz Nature Reserve

1 on Ross consists of three cottages nestled in a quiet cul-de-sac just off Henry Road. It has a beautiful garden which featured in the Gardens of Grahamstown show, pool and offers braai facilities.

Fiddlewood Fields
Sleeps 16 in 4 units
From R 550
Per person, per night sharing | Sleeps 5 max (4 adults)
* Rates may vary according to season

Fiddlewood Fields

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Grahamstown

Western Region

21.4 Km from Blaauwkrantz Nature Reserve

Fiddlewood Fields is a beautiful guest house, set in quiet, lush gardens in the city of Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape

Jenny's B&B
Graded:
Sleeps 16 in 6 units
From R 550
Per person, per night sharing | Sleeps 4 adults max
* Rates may vary according to season

Jenny's B&B

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Grahamstown

Western Region

21.6 Km from Blaauwkrantz Nature Reserve

Experience warm South African hospitality with home from home comforts at Jenny's B&B. Situated in a tranquil suburb in Grahamstown, heart of Settler country, with a picturesque garden, perfect for a restful stay.

Belton
Sleeps 6 in 1 unit
From R 400
Per person, per night sharing
* Rates may vary according to season

Belton

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Kenton-on-sea

Western Region

23.1 Km from Blaauwkrantz Nature Reserve

Belton farm is situated in close proximity to the Sunshine Coast and Frontier Country, offering you the best of both worlds. It is within easy distance to the beautiful beaches of Kenton-on-Sea, game lodges offering Big 5 game viewing...

Dockside Guest House
Sleeps 6 in 1 unit
From R 3000
Per unit, per night | Sleeps 6 max (4 adults)
* Rates may vary according to season

Dockside Guest House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Port Alfred

Amatola & Stormberg

27.1 Km from Blaauwkrantz Nature Reserve

Dockside Guest House is situated directly across the picturesque small boat harbour on the East Bank of beautiful Port Alfred, in the Eastern Cape - situated midway - exactly 150km between the cities of East London and Port Elizabeth.

Ripples
Sleeps 14 in 1 unit
From R 4000
Per unit, per night
* Rates may vary according to season

Ripples

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Port Alfred

Amatola & Stormberg

27.6 Km from Blaauwkrantz Nature Reserve

Ripples is a large, newly refurbished luxury self-catering property situated in a prime location on the west bank of the River Kowie, in the picturesque Eastern Cape coastal town of Port Alfred; ideally suited for group holidays, family reunions and bespo

Dunwerkin
Sleeps 10 in 3 units
From R 410
Per person, per night sharing | Sleeps 2 adults max
* Rates may vary according to season

Dunwerkin

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Kenton-on-sea

Western Region

29.4 Km from Blaauwkrantz Nature Reserve

Two x2 bedroomed en-suite luxury up-market units each with fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher, comfortable living area with full DStv and DVD. Ceilings fans and underfloor heating throughout. Private patio with patio furniture, Weber braai, ...

Riverside Cottage
Sleeps 12 in 1 unit
From R 4100
Per unit, per night
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Riverside Cottage

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Seafield/ Kleinemonde

Amatola & Stormberg

36.4 Km from Blaauwkrantz Nature Reserve

This beach house consists of 6 bedrooms, of which 4 are main-en-suite. (Each room has a double bed). There is a family bathroom which boasts a spa bath, shower and a toilet as well as another separate toilet

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