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About Thomas Baines Nature Reserve

Named after the famous 19th century artist, naturalist and explorer, Thomas Baines Nature Reserve is a great spot for a day trip if you’re visiting the Grahamstown area. It’s an easy 12-kilometre drive from Grahamstown in the direction of Port Elizabeth.

Thomas Baines explored the region extensively and contributed a valuable record of the amazing plant life and wildlife that occurred here. The reserve represents three of the major vegetation types of the Eastern Cape – Grassy Fynbos, Valley Bushveld and Afromontane Forests.

There’s so much to do here – game drives, canoeing, hiking, camping, picnics, bird watching; and sailing and bass fishing at Settlers Dam. Look out for Cape buffalo, eland, red hartebeest, bushbuck, kudu, oribi, aardvark, warthog, vervet monkeys, genets and numerous small mammals.

Birders will find plenty to spot with 175 species of birds recorded in the reserve. Picnic sites, braai facilities and ablutions are available at Settlers Dam.

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Accommodation near Thomas Baines Nature Reserve

1A St Aidans Guest House

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Aries Guest

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Welcome to Aries Guest, a modern and exquisite self-catering apartment nestled in the charming and historic village of Grahamstown. This...
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Amazing Grace

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Amazing Grace is a beautifully renovated family home, exuding charm and adorned with delightful vintage treasures. Conveniently positioned...
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Colonel Graham Guest House

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Thomas Baines Nature Reserve is 9.6km from the centre of Grahamstown , the nearest airport 117.7km (Port Elizabeth Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling

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