Thomas Baines

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Named after the 19th century artist, the Thomas Baines Nature Reserve is a 1 005ha reserve in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape. Offering visitors with a variety of outdoor adventure activities for day visitors or camping enthusiasts, enjoy game drives, bass fishing, hiking and water sports along the northern shore of Settlers Dam on the boundary of the reserve.

Teeming with birdlife, the 15km of dirt tracks make for excellent game drives, nature walks and mountain biking. Look out for eland, zebra, red hartebeest, warthogs and monkeys as you negotiate the reserve’s lush fynbos and Albany thicket landscapes. Scenic but basic, non-powered campsites on the banks of Settlers Dam offer a rustic charm, in close proximity to excellent fishing, sailing and hiking sites.

General Information

Boys/Girls Dormitories (30 persons maximum per dormitory) (Off-Peak)
Student Rate: R50 | Adult: R75
Boys/Girls Dormitories (30 persons maximum per dormitory) (Peak)
Student Rate: R56 | Adult: R80
Teachers Rooms (2 bedrooms and 1 shower) (Off-Peak)
R122
Teachers Rooms (2 bedrooms and 1 shower) (Peak)
R135
Dungbeetle Cottage (2 bedrooms, 1 shower - sleeps 4) (Off-Peak)
Base Rate: R595 & R165 per person
Dungbeetle Cottage (2 bedrooms, 1 shower - sleeps 4) (Peak)
Base Rate: R595 & R189 per person
Campsite (Off-Peak)
R310 per night
Campsite (Peak)
R335
Gate Times:
06h00 - 18h00
Waters Meeting (Horse Shoe Cabin) (Off-Peak)
R122 per person
Waters Meeting (Horse Shoe Cabin) (Peak)
R122 per person

Activities

  • Bird watching
  • Hiking
  • Nature walks
  • Camping
  • Picnicking
  • Self-drive game viewing
  • Swimming
  • Fishing

Nearby Attractions

  • Grahamstown - host of the National Arts Festival
  • Albany museum
  • Observatory museum
  • Settlers monument
  • Sunshine Coast - beautiful, pristine

Contact Info

Reserve Number
Reserve Manager
(046) 6227216
GPS
Lat: 33°23′28″S 26°29′13
Long: 33°23′28″S 26°29′13
Office hours
:    06:00 to 18:00
:    6:00 to 18:00