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Vernon Crookes Nature Reserve

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Address: Park Rynie/Umzinto, South Africa
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+27 39 974 2222

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Great drive but map confusing

We enjoyed a good drive through sugar fields to the main gate. Friendly staff met us at the main gate. We were given a map of the reserve. The map had very little info other than... read more

Reviewed 10 January 2017
cape Town
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cape Town
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28 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 10 January 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed a good drive through sugar fields to the main gate. Friendly staff met us at the main gate. We were given a map of the reserve. The map had very little info other than a mass of lines which represented roads. We followed our instincts and some signs. We had a good drive. Magnificent views, fair amount of... More 

2 Thank Weekender003
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41 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2016

not suitable for a car, but overall a nice experience, for nature lovers that prefer the quiet side. Picnic spot was great.

Thank lizeln
Margate, South Africa
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10 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 July 2015

We did the longest (yellow) trail starting at reception, through different vegetation with alot of amazing little flowers. Wildebeest, zebra and Blesbok were almost close enough to hug. We sometimes got lost for a short period by following animal trails but always found a route marker again. What a great way to spend a day in nature.

3 Thank Silvi227
Ballito, South Africa
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2015

At first I was afraid of the condition of the road between the N2 and turnoff to Vernon Crookes, but was surprised to see that the road is in good condition. I suppose this fear was related to another Tripadvisor comment that 4x4's should be used... The 'bout 4 km dirt road was in good condition, I drive a BMW... More 

2 Thank BallitoResident
Durban, South Africa
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44 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 January 2015

We went to the Vernon Crookes Nature Reserve for a Sunday outing and were very pleasantly surprised by reserve itself and the amenities. The reserve offered great game viewing of the different types of antelope found there, as well as the zebra and wildebeest. The campsite was clean and peaceful and the very welcome, shady picnic sites were well-maintained and... More 

2 Thank GeraldineFarinhaFerr
East London, South Africa
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94 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 April 2014 via mobile

We took a quick day trip to Vernon Crookes reserve and were very impressed with the cleanliness of the picnic areas and ablutions. The walks are well marked and provide options for long, short, easy and more demanding. Our party ranged from 6 years to 77, and everyone found the walk around the dam fun and interesting. The bird life... More 

3 Thank CJD_D
Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
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26 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2014

Friendly staff and tidy reserve... refreshing by KZN Wildlife's standards! The OIC and staff to be praised for their good work. No bother from the neighbouring community, the Reserve is a good example of how conservation and communities work together. Good signage and interpretation made the three trails (2 of which is easy and ideal for senior citizens and children)... More 

4 Thank Micromammal
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 September 2013

Mystery weekend organised by one of our party to the ' treehouse ' in the reserve was an experience. The house, which sleeps 7 in three separate rooms, is very rustic, but comfortable and clean. Separate ablution blocks largely functional, but hot water packed up a couple of times. The kitchen area is partly indoors, and the stove ( a... More 

2 Thank Kamikaze_pilot
Urbana, Illinois, United States
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47 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 February 2013

This little reserve is just off the N2, south of Scottburgh, north of Hibberdene, on the KwaZulu Natal South coast. Turn off at the Park Rynie/Umzinto off-ramp and follow the Ixopo road for about 12.5 km. The entrance gate is 6 km from this turn-off, winding through sugar cane plantations. The day we went, the roads from the turn-off and... More 

2 Thank Vivienne M
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 6 August 2012

Did not feel very safe when we visited the reserve, the entrance gatehouse had been burnt out and there were some dodgy members of the public at the gate asking us questions, after entering the park we saw wilderbeest, zebra and a few buck, but also quite a few herds of domestic cattle and goats which we have not seen... More 

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