Gericke's Point in Knysna Platteland, Wes-Kaap
Gericke’s Point is situated in just outside Sedgefield in the Western Cape, South Africa.
Gericke’s Point is one of the best kept secrets along the Garden Route and is a popular place among the locals and nature lovers. To reach the point, which resembles a Lions head and is often referred to as “Lions Head”, visitors will take an easy 4 km round trip walk along the beach. The top of the point offers a great vantage point to gaze out at enjoy the beauty of the ocean. During whale season it is even better as visitors have the opportunity of watching the Southern Wright Whales during their calving season. There is also a resident herd of Humpback Dolphins that frequent the Swartvlei Bay.
Visitors will also have the opportunity to view the impressive weathered sandstone cliffs that are actually fossilized dunes, some of which are the highest in the country. Exposed rock pools are perfect for exploring some marine life and one can snorkel and swim in some of the deeper pools. For a nocturnal experience, tours can be made by appointment with Judy Dixon.
It is recommended that visitors take along some water and take the walk to the viewpoint at low tide. Gericke’s Point becomes an island at high tide so it will be a long time before you can make it back if you don’t keep an eye on the tide!
Thing to do and see
- Beach Walk
- Old Whaling Station Ruins
- Fossil Sand Dunes
- Rock Pools
- Moonlight Meander / Starlight Stroll tour (by appointment only, see contact details)
- Toilet facilities at the start
No charge to visit the viewpoint. Recommended visiting time is during low tide.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 15˚C and 28˚C with high rainfall in October.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 7˚C and 21˚C with the lowest rainfall in June.
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