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Cape Recife Nature Reserve

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The 366 hectare Cape Recife Nature Reserve was proclaimed in 1973, and is situated next to the Pine Lodge Holiday Resort off Marine Drive, Summerstrand. The reserve offers some of the best beaches and views within Port Elizabeth and is home to SANCCOB Port Elizabeth where one can view the rehabilitation of marine animals in particular the African Penguin.
A 9 km circular walking trail starts at the entrance gate of the Nature Reserve and offers beautiful unspoilt beaches, natural dune vegetation, rocky outcrops, a lighthouse built in 1851, an old military observation post, as well as a bird hide. The Cape Recife Nature Reserve is also regarded as one of the best bird-watching venues around Port Elizabeth.

Entrance permits available from Pine Lodge Resort located at entrance to Cape Recife Nature Reserve. Entrance only with permit, zero tolerance for diving thus no entry with diving equipment.

Price of permits per vehicle (subject to change, please confirm pricing at Pine Lodge):
- Weekly @ R68.00 per vehicle,
- Annual (July - end June of each year) @ R344 - reduced to half price from 1 February of each year.
- Entrance for purpose of visiting SANCCOB is free/gratis provided proof of visit is produced on exit from the Reserve. Vehicles to park at SANCCOB and access to the reserve by foot.
- Entrance by foot and non motorised transport is free - parking available at gate.

Best times to visit 08h00 - 16H00. Visible security in Reserve during daylight hours.

Cape Recife Lighthouse

Visitors are allowed to visit the Cape Recife Lighthouse that has been refurbished.

All bookings need to be done through Pine Lodge Holiday Resort reception desk and phoned through in advance to arrange times. (Tel: 041 583 4004)

Someone from Pine Lodge will then accompany the interested visitors to the Lighthouse and unlock for them.

Cost for entry to the lighthouse is Adults = R25 / cost for Children = R15
Contact / ReservationsCape Recife Nature Reserve

Alternatively contact the TOURISM call centre on +27 (0) 41 582 2575


Latitude : -34° 0' 48.49" S | Longitude : 25° 41' 28.72" E


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