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“Wild and unspoiled bit of Coast”

Walker Bay Nature Reserve
Ranked #477 of 1,200 things to do in Western Cape
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Reviewed 1 November 2017

Amazing bit of Coastline! Need a 4x4 - be careful of the lizards that dash out in front of the car! Wild and unspoilt! Keep it this way and pick up own litter.

Thank RobsS8
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Reviewed 3 May 2017

Walker Bay Nature reserve is home to the Klip hole cave, one of several along the limestone cliffs on this part of the Walker Bay coastline .
You can get there either by following a not always distinct cliff path from De Kelders whale viewing platform, or by driving to the reserve entrance in Normandie Street.
The walk is aproximately 2.5 kilometres from the De Kelders viewing platform. There is a map at the viewing platform but it does not give distances.
Views from the cliffs are spectacular both of the bay (where you may be lucky to see whales) and of the white sandy beach tumbling into the sea from the nature reserve.
En route to Klipgat there are several caves/overhangs to explore. Access is via fairly steep boulder strewn slopes ok for agile, adventurous kids but maybe not so great for toddlers or the elderly. One of the caves is known as Duiwel'sGat (Devil's hole). It has a huge hole in the roof surrounded on the outside by a stone wall to prevent animals and possibly humans from falling in.
The cave itself has a sandy floor with a shaft of light shining down from the hole, there are also some interesting red coloured rocks. making it worth the effort to get down into it.
After exploring this cave continue along the path until you come to Stanford Cove, where Klipgat Cave is located.
There are a number of fairly steep steps down to the cove and the boardwalk into the cave. The cave itself is of historical importance as it was home to a community of Khoi Khoi people. Excavations over the years have produced bones and artefacts that have given scientists valuable information on the life and times of these people.
apart from that it has stunning views, and a remakable rock "window" through which to see them.
If you opt to do the walk be sure to take water and sunscreen as there is no shade. Also it is better to wear trainers than flip flops as there is a some rock hopping and uneven paths.
It's definitely worth a vist, and a place I'll be taking visitors to in the future.
Only downside is that the signposting could be better.
There is a cave at the viewing platform called Die Drupkelder. to enter it you need a guide, which you can organise through the Gansbaai tourism centre 028 384 1439.

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Reviewed 1 May 2017

There are a number of interesting limestone caves along the coast between Gansbaai and the Walker Bay Nature Reserve towards Stanford. Of these the Klipgat Heritage site is probably the most meaningful because of its magnificent location. Excavations of human remains, debris and artifacts of Middle to Late Stone age offer a glimpse of human and animal life life during the last ice age when the sea level was considerably lower. This large cave is a must-see attraction located within the Walker Bay Nature Reserve. This can be reached via the R43 coming from Stanford. At the entrance of Gansbaai which is indicated by an ornamental stone wall with its code of arms on the right side of the road, turn right into Guthrie Street heading towards the sea. At the intersection with De Villiers Street turn right again and follow this road to the gate house where an entrance fee is collected. From there continue on the road until the parking area above the cave. A short but steep descent leads to the beach and the cave below. However, a more interesting approach to the cave starts from the bottom of Guthrie Street and Cliff Street at a wooden viewing platform. This is ideal for whale watching. At this location there are also a parking area and toilet facilities. Between Cliff Street and the sea a rudimentary foot path leads past a few small coves with numerous lime stone caves and overhangs. The most interesting of these is called "Duiwels Gat" (Devils Hole). This is a round erosional hole in the lime stone formation around which a stone wall had been erected to prevent people and animals to fall in. A short and steep scramble down to sea level about 10m below allows to view a cave with the round hole in its ceiling. The cliff path from the viewing platform to the Klipgat Cave covers a distance of about 3km. However, it is poorly sign-posted and scrambling over sand and sharp rocks will not be suitable for everybody. Closed shoes are definitely recommended. Once the beach with the Klipgat Cave comes into sight it is advisable to turn right towards a few small buildings to avoid the danger of falling over the edge into the cave about 30m below. As this cliff path bypasses the guardhouse, the entrance fee can be saved. Overall, the cliff path from the viewing platform is the most interesting walk which I recommend for the more adventurous travelers. Depending on how many features are explored, a few hours can easily be spent on this path. On hot days drinking water should therefore be taken along.

Thank Peter F
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Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

A beautiful nature reserve overlooking the sea. Well maintained walking path, beaches and benches to sit on! Managed to run the length!

Thank Stuart C
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Reviewed 15 February 2017

Nothing beats a hike through the best the walkerbay has to offer. How amazing and breathtaking the views along the route. A MUST

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