Walker Bay Nature Reserve

Extending along a stretch of coast between the town of De Kelders and the Hermanus Lagoon, the Walker Bay Nature Reserve lies just 3 kilometres from Gansbaai

Western Cape Game and Nature ReservesThe Walker Bay Nature Reserve

Extending along a stretch of coast between the town of De Kelders and the Hermanus Lagoon, the Walker Bay Nature Reserve lies just 3 kilometres from Gansbaai, east of Hermanus on the Danger Point Peninsula.

One can get into the Walker Bay reserve at Stanford, via Mierkom, De Kelders (Die Plaat) and Uilkraalsmond but appeals are made to visitors to avoid disturbing coastal birds or destroying any sensitive dune vegetation - lowland coastal fynbos and strandveld are home to blombos, sour fig, waxberry and bietou, although the dune fields have been held stable predominantly by rooikrans and Port Jackson, alien invaders.

Walker Bay Nature Reserve has a coastline that appears to stretch for miles and miles and includes an incredible portion of beach known as Die Plaat. It is a beautiful stretch of beach, dominated by drift sand and ideal for swimming, fishing and picnics. Some visitors favour only the beach and choose to spend their day here, but the sea can be rough and dangerous.

A hiking trail along the coastline of the reserve is well worth the effort for the pretty beaches and protected coves it uncovers. It is one of a number of day hikes along the coast of the Walker Bay Nature Reserve, through incredibly beautiful landscapes and fynbos clad surrounding hills.

Klipgat trail meanders along the coast from Gansbaai harbour to the start of Walker Bay Nature Reserve, and the Klipgat cave, found in the reserve, is worth the climb down many steps into the cove with a subsequent climb into the cave itself- one needs to be pretty fit in order to access the cave. It is a discovery place of some of the oldest remains of modern day man and regarded as one of the most important assets in the Western Cape.

Popular Activities in or near Walker Bay Nature Reserve

Walker Bay Whale Watching

Where? Hermanus
Walker Bay – heart of the whale coast. The waters between Hermanus and Pearly Beach attract hundreds of whales annually to the shallow waters of this coastline, also known as the whale coast. Daily sightings of these giant beasts of the sea...

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Walker Bay Sea Kayaking

Where? De Kelders
The coastline of the Western Cape is not only beautiful, but also an adventurer’s hotspot as it is home to a number of exciting watersports activities and attractions. Walker Bay, neighbour to the famous shark cage diving Mecca of Gansbaai...

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Klipgat Caves

Where? Gansbaai
Gansbaai in the Western Cape is not only popular as a shark cage diving destination; it is also home to the historically relevant Klipgat Caves. These caves were once home to ancient humankind. In fact, the human civilization of this region...

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At more than 1 000 hectares, this reserve covers a huge portion of the south-western coast of the country. Die Plaat is the beach of the reserve and is characterised by unspoiled white beaches and glorious limestone outcrops.

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