Walker Bay Nature Reserve

Just east of the popular coastal town of Hermanus, expect to find breathtaking scenery including a 17km stretch of white beach, a lagoon, limestone outcrops and dunes. This reserve is of historical and environmental importance, with a range of activities to help the visitor appreciate this serene space.

Main attractions

  • 4×4 Fishing Trail, open daily from 07:00 – 19:00
  • Klipgat Cave where Middle Stone Age people lived some 85,000 to 65,000 years ago
  • Whale watching – look for southern right, humpback and Bryde’s whales


  • Hiking
  • 4X4 routes
  • Angling
  • Swimming
  • Beachcombing
  • Picnicking

Top sightings: Seabirds including the endangered African black oystercatcher, southern right whale

Accommodation: No overnight accommodation is available in the reserve but there are many options in the nearby towns of Stanford, Gansbaai and Hermanus, as well as at Kogelberg Nature Reserve.

Office times: 07:00 – 16:00.

Nearest centre: The reserve is on the coastal side of Stanford (about 2 minutes away).

Know before you go

  • Driving on the beach is prohibited.
  • Fuel and supplies are available in the nearby coastal towns of Hermanus and Stanford.
  • Swimming is allowed but take caution as the sea can be rough.
  • Permits for marine angling are available at post offices.

Contact reserve: +27 (0)28 314 0062

CapeNature Central Reservations: +27 (0)21 483 0190, [email protected]

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