Baakens Valley Action
The Baakens River Valley
What can you do? What can you do?

How can your voice be heard? Join a hack group that does clearing out alien vegetation. Participate in guided walks and become informed about the Baakens Valley.

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Trails Trails

The Lower Guinea-fowl Trail is situated between the Third Avenue Dip i Newton Park, down river to Settlers Park and on to Brickmakers Kloof.

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Historical Interest Historical Interest

The freshwater from the Baakens River and the sheltered bay are the two reasons why the Dutch sailors first came to area.

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Weeping bottle-brush 23 November 2015
Baakens Valley Action

The Baakens River Valley

The Baakens River is a 23km urban river which originates on the outskirts of Port Elizabeth in wet sponges. It meanders through the residential suburbs and culminates at the city centre, flowing into the Algoa Bay Harbour.

The city of Port Elizabeth in fact owes its location to the Baakens River due to the availability of freshwater for Dutch sailors in the late 18th century. Its name was coined by the Dutch East India Company who placed a beacon at the mouth of the river to claim the right to the water source. They termed this source “Baakjes Fonteyn” which ultimately translated to “Baakens”.

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