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Goukamma Nature Reserve

  • 4.5

  • from 588 Google reviews

A man rowing a boat in a body of water
A man rowing a boat in a body of water

About the garden

Goukamma Nature Reserve and Marine Protected Area, situated on the Garden Route between Sedgefield and Knysna, has a diverse array of fascinating habitats and an abundance of smaller wildlife, birds and fish. It is also a World Heritage Site.

The reserve covers 2 500 hectares of dense coastal forest, including milkwood, yellowwood and candlewood trees. It protects the charming vervet monkey, bushbuck and bushpig, as well as porcupine, mongoose, honey badger and grysbok. This is a popular choice for keen birders, as the Goukamma River and estuary and the Groenvlei Lake provide a welcoming habitat for more than 220 bird species, including the rare African black oystercatcher. There are two indigenous and four alien species of fish found in the Groenvlei Lake. Visitors enjoy the sight of the magnificent southern right whales between June and November. Bottle-nosed and humpback dolphins play in the waves throughout the year.

A great time to visit is in September/October when the first spring rains create splashes of bright spring flowers amid the fynbos. This is a year-round destination, as it falls between the Cape’s summer and winter rainfall seasons.

Opening times

Office Hours | Monday - Friday: 07h30 to 16h00

Useful details

Cafe or restaurant

No cafe or restaurant on site



South Cape DC, 6570

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Google reviews

  • 4.5

  • from 588 Google reviews

Michael Herweg

in the last week


Stunning stunning stunning! Pure natural bliss! Well maintained and enforced conservation area, with lots of bird life and marine life.

Mark Gibbons

3 weeks ago


Beautiful, quiet and relaxing. Great accommodation and amenities, friendly staff and an altogether fantastic place to visit

Godfrey Carter

a week ago


Lovely little gem not far from Buffalo Bay. A really great place to spend the day.

Maria A. R. Dias

4 months ago


Easy and fast trail. Avoid going when the sun is high or on hot day. We had difficulty to find the way back, cause for us the trail was not well marked, and at this time of the year there are too many ticks toward the end of the road.

Wessel Smal

10 months ago


This ia s beutifull place. The chalets are comfortable and neat. The patio floor outside Stompneus ,where we stayed, is in a serious unkept condition. Not acceptable!!

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