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Goukamma Nature Reserve

  • 4.5

  • from 616 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 616 Google reviews

susan levinson

a month ago


Great outdoor in the nature,lagoon is amazing,lots of wildlife,buffalo,bushbuck wild boar many bird species,saw hippo tracks

Despina Zoras

3 weeks ago


Paddle boating here was a lot of fun! Pretty little spot

Peter Brown

2 months ago


A little known place to visit but should be a must if you want a casual, laidback day. Had a moments honesty from the staff. Left a gas bottle there and they found it. Thank you.

Wessel Smal

a year 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!!

Nothemba Qina

9 months ago


Definitely coming back .I really enjoyed my day the views are to die for and the nature is very beautiful.

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