Hiking Trail Description
Travel 35 km from Port Elizabeth on the N2 towards Humansdorp
The Wildflower Reserve was established in 1951 due to the efforts of the Eastern Province Wildflower Society to provide sanctuary for local fauna, to propagate unique indigenous flora and to foster an awareness of our threatened ecosystems. A variety of vegetation communities are evident: the southern wooded slopes covered with Coastal Forest, the plateau covered in fynbos and the warm northern river banks where there are euphorbias, aloes and succulents. There is a view of the bridge. Gravel roads for drives around the reserve. Mountain bike trail for novices and families.
A large road sign (brown with white protea) indicates the turn-off from the N2 onto the R102 off-ramp that leads to the entrance gate.
Forest Walk: 2 km / 1,5 hours: circular.
River Walk: 3 km / 1,5 hours: return.
Information centre (seating for 50 people), picnic sites, toilets and a nursery selling indigenous plants during weekdays. AmaXhosa customs are taught and mini-kraal for education. Lectures for school groups on fynbos and birds. A brochure and map are available.
The reserve is open every day throughout the year from 08h00 to 17h00 in winter (May to August) and until 18h00 in summer (September to April). No entrance fee is charged. Permits are only required in the case of groups of 20 or more people.