- Western Cape
- Goukamma Nature Reserve
The Reserve is approximately 2 500 hectares which includes a 14 km coastline making it not only a nature reserve, but also a marine reserve. The coastline extends from Buffalo Bay to just outside Sedgefield and 1 nautical mile out to sea. The Reserve is fairly unknown, despite being on the popular Garden Route, making it the ideal hideaway holiday destination.
The area is rich in coastal fynbos and coastal forest which includes Milkwood, Candlewood and Yellowwood Trees, while the extensive dune field boasts some of the highest vegetated dunes in the country. The vegetation is home to Vervet Monkeys, Bushbuck, Grysbok, Bushpig, Porcupine, Mongoose and Honey Badger.
The Goukamma River and Groenvlei Lake make the reserve popular with bird enthusiasts as it has over 220 species of bird which includes the rare African Black Oystercatcher. The Lake has two indigenous and four alien species of fish and the area offers the opportunity to see the Bottlenose and Humpback Dolphins throughout the year. Between June and November, the Southern Right Whale visits these waters.
Things to do and see
- Hiking Trails
- Horseback riding
- Picnic areas
- Bird watching
- Whale watching
- Self-catering Accommodation
A nominal conservation fee is charged for day visitors. Please contact the reserve directly to confirm pricing, permits for certain activities and accommodation bookings.
This is an all year-round destination as it lies between the Cape’s summer and winter rainfall seasons.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 15˚C and 28˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 7˚C and 21˚C with the lowest rainfall in June.
Commercial Airlines offer flights into George Airport. The N2 highway will take you toward the towns of Sedgefield and Knysna, approximately a one hour drive. Car hire facilities are located at the Airports.
Tel: +27 (0)44 383 0042
Permit & Accommodation Bookings
Tel: +27 (0)21 483 0190
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