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Vernon Crookes Nature Reserve

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Park Rynie, South Africa
+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... read more

Reviewed 10 January 2017
cape Town
via mobile
Drive through Reserve

not suitable for a car, but overall a nice experience, for nature lovers that prefer the quiet... read more

Reviewed 15 March 2016
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10 Jan 2017
“Great drive but map confusing ”
14 Mar 2016
“Drive through Reserve”
Park Rynie, South Africa
+27 39 974 2222
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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...More

2  Thank Weekender003
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
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...More

3  Thank Silvi227
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...More

2  Thank BallitoResident
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...More

2  Thank GeraldineFarinhaFerr
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...More

3  Thank CJD_D
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...More

4  Thank Micromammal
Reviewed 2 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...More

2  Thank Kamikaze_pilot
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,...More

2  Thank Vivienne M
Reviewed 5 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...More

2  Thank highlander06
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