Klipgat Caves in Walker Bay Nature Reserve & vicinity, Western Cape
A Historically Significant Site
The Klipgat Caves are situated in the Walker Bay Nature Reserve and can be accessed via De Kelders entrance gate near Gansbaai. These caves were once home to ancient humans, Middle and Late Stone Age, and is one of the most remarkable examples of early human dwellings in South Africa.
Such early remains, dated to about 80 000 years old, have been found in only three South African sites and in the Middle East making Klipgat Caves one of the most important cultural assets in the Western Cape. The remnants of these early lives that have been left behind provides fascinating and important information about the origin of mankind.
The Caves are beautiful and have dramatic views over the ocean and the Walker Bay Reserve through its two “windows” and one small “portal” and a circular boardwalk takes you on a journey through this historical site. The small beach here is great for swimming as it is sheltered and calm, a great way to cool off after the numerous steps and bit of climbing that is needed to explore the caves.
Walker Bay is a picturesque, pristine reserve with an abundance of coastal and marine life. It is known as one of the best spots in South Africa to do land-based whale watching so make sure you spend a little time in the Reserve when you visit the Klipgat Caves.
Things to see and do
- Walker Bay Nature Reserve
- Cave Tours
- Circular Boardwalk
- Small Beach & Walker Bay Coastline Views
- Hiking & Walking Trails
- Bird Watching
- Whale Watching
Conservation Fee Adult, R40 & Children R20
Activity Fees From R20 per person
Prices subject to change, please confirm directly with the Provider. Please note that the Walker Bay office is located in Hermanus, and not at the reserve entrances. Please call ahead to clarify which entrance you must use to access your activity.
From Cape Town, take the N2, turning off at the /R43 off-ramp. Take the R43 past Hermanus, and continue on to Stanford. Visitors can access the reserve through Mierkom at Stanford, De Kelders (Die Plaat) and Uilkraalsmond. Walker Bay Nature Reserve is approximately 160 km from Cape Town. Please note that the Walker Bay office is located in Hermanus, and not at the reserve entrances. Please call ahead to clarify which entrance you must use to access your activity.
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