Thomas Baines Nature Reserve, Eastern Cape
The Thomas Baines Nature Reserve is situated 12km from Grahamstown. The Thomas Baines Reserve is named after the famous 19th Century artist who left a valuable record of the rich diversity of fauna and flora in the region, including the now-extinct quagga.
The nature reserve boasts an impressive herd of Cape Buffalo as well as "Tom", one of the oldest white rhino's in South Africa. A total of 25 reptiles and 53 mammals have been recorded. Besides the buffalo and white rhino, numerous antelope, including eland, red hartebeest, bushbuck and kudu - as well as small mammals such as Vervet monkeys and genets, can be seen in the reserve. 175 species of birds have been recorded.
Picnic sites with braai facilities and toilets are provided at Settlers Dam where one can also go boating and fish for black bass.
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For further information concerning bookings of school groups for Environmental Education courses, as well as details relating to the Friends of Thomas Baines Nature Reserve, contact the Eastern Cape Nature Conservation Office on Telephone: +27 (0)46 622-7216.
game and nature reserves in the eastern cape