Van Stadens Wild Flower Reserve is situated just off the N2 about 35km west of Port Elizabeth. This 450 hectare reserve is probably the best place close to Port Elizabeth to go and marvel at the wonders of fynbos and to see flowering proteas. The reserve covers both a large plateau area covered mostly in Fynbos as well as the slopes of the Van Stadens gorge consisting of indigenous coastal forest. The main purpose of the reserve is to protect and propagate the unique indigenous flora. Visitors can explore the reserve by taking one of the trails that cover the reserve. There are also flat gravel roads along the plateau area which can be utilised by mountain bikers or, like us if you haven't got much time or the weather isn't too good, by car. The flowers in the picture is of the many Pin Cushion Proteas that are in flower all over the reserve at the moment.