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Walker Bay Nature Reserve

  • 4.8

  • from 116 Google reviews

Animal on the water
Animal on the water

About the garden

Walker Bay is a coastal nature reserve in the south-western Cape, just east of Hermanus. The reserve includes five coastal areas between Hermanus and Die Dam near Struisbaai.

The largest area, known as Walker Bay, stretches from Klein River to De Kelders at Gansbaai. Die Plaat is the area’s white sandy beach, with rocky limestone outcrops and the occasional southern right whale offshore. The scenic Klein River lagoon, north-west of the reserve, flows into the sea at times.

Walker Bay is also historically significant, with records of Middle Stone Age people (65 000 to 85 000 years ago) living in Klipgat Cave. There is also evidence that Khoi and San people lived in the area about 2 000 years ago.

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. Every year, hundreds of southern right whales gather in the sheltered bay to breed and calve their young.

Opening times

Office Hours | 07h30 to 16h00

Useful details

Cafe or restaurant

No cafe or restaurant on site



Overberg District Municipality, 7220

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Google reviews

  • 4.8

  • from 116 Google reviews

Patti Sizwile Mlilo

a month ago


Loved this amazing place. Had a touch with the history and origins of the Khoisan. Nice caves, and beaches next to them. The view is amazing. Such a serene place

Kerianne Witt

2 months ago


No point as it is closed but appreciate the preservation of the beautiful coastline

Michele Christian

5 months ago


Little place of paradise. Natural and complementary to the soul

sibahle zulu

4 months ago


Very beautiful though we didn't get to the caves as it was closed.

Gordon Burchell

8 months ago


Picture deserted beaches... this is like walking on an untouched shoreline for the first time.. make sure it's not windy and weather is great.. of you have a 4x4 you can get further.

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+27 (0)28 314 0062

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