Blaauwkrantz Nature Reserve

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.

Accommodation Near Blaauwkrantz Nature Reserve

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A Stone's Throw

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Grahamstown

15.8km West of 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!

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Eagle's Nest Bed & Breakfast

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Grahamstown

19.2km West of Blaauwkrantz Nature Reserve

Three reasonably priced self-contained garden flats each with their own private entrance. One of the flats sleeps 4 (twin beds and bunk beds with hospitality mattresses) and the other 2 flats (twin beds in each) sleep 2 people.

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Aries Guest

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Grahamstown

20.1km West of 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

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Sleeps: 9 in 3 units/rooms

1 on Ross

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Grahamstown

20.8km West of 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.

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11 Worcester-on-Durban Guest House

Guest House Accommodation in Grahamstown

21.3km West of Blaauwkrantz Nature Reserve

Welcome to 11 Worcester-on-Durban Guest House offering exceptional bed and breakfast and self-catering facilities in the West Hill area, close to the centre of Grahamstown.

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Fiddlewood Fields

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Grahamstown

21.4km West of Blaauwkrantz Nature Reserve

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

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Jenny's B&B

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Grahamstown

21.6km West of 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.

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Belton

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

23.1km South of 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...

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Sibuya Game Reserve

Game Reserve And Bush Lodge Accommodation in Grahamstown

23.3km South of Blaauwkrantz Nature Reserve

The delightfully scenic Kariega River estuary winds its way through wooded thickets and steep banks before opening out onto wide, grassy flats and sandbanks just upstream of the Indian Ocean mouth

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Dockside Guest House

Guest House Accommodation in Port Alfred

27.1km South East of 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.

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