- Western Cape
- Walker Bay Nature Reserve
Nature Lovers Paradise
Walker Bay Nature Reserve extends along a 17 km stretch of coast between De Kelders and the Hermanus Lagoon. It lies only 3 km from Gansbaai, east of Hermanus on the Danger Point Penisula and includes five coastal areas.
The Walker Bay Reserve is about 1 000 hectares in size and includes an incredible portion of beach known as Die Plaat, ideal for swimming, fishing and picnics. Die Plaat is the area’s white sandy beach, with rocky limestone outcrops and the occasional southern right whale offshore. It is in fact so beautiful here that some visitors favour only the beach and spend the whole day here however, be aware that the sea can be rough and dangerous!
Visitors can also enjoy a variety of day hikes along the coast as well as some 4x4 trails. Highly recommended is the Klipgat Caves, accessible via the De Kelders gate at Walker Bay Nature Reserve. This historical site was home to Middle Stone Age and Late Stone Age humans, and is one of the most remarkable examples of early human dwellings in South Africa. Visitors will need to be fairly fit as there are a number of steps leading into the caves as well as a bit of rock hopping required!
This unspoilt bit of coastline is a must for nature lovers, spend some time exploring caves and photographing some of the most breath-taking views!
Things to do and see
- Hiking & Walking Trails
- Whale Watching
- Klipgat Caves
- Sea Kayaking
- 4x4 Trails
- Klein River Lagoon
- Beach Picnics
Monday to Sunday, 07h30 to 16h00 (A 4x4 vehicle is recommended)
Conservation Fee Adult, R40 & Children, R20
Pricing varies per activity, starting from R20 per person
Prices are subject to change, please confirm with the Reserve directly
Angling, swimming and picnicking are permitted, but please note that the sea can be rough and dangerous.
Fires & Overnight Camping are not permitted
Rainfall occurs mainly in the winter months from June to August.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 15˚C and 25˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 8˚C and 20˚C.
Tel: +27 (0)28 314 0062
Accommodation & Permit Bookings
Tel: +27 (0)28 483 0190
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