What to Do
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.
To find out more, download the Walker Bay Nature Reserve brochure and map.
How to get there
From Cape Town, take the N2, turning off at the Hermanus/R43 off-ramp. Take the R43 past Hermanus, and continue on to Stanford. Visitors can access the reserve through Mierkom at Stanford, De Kelders (Die Plaat) and Uilkraalsmond. Walker Bay Nature Reserve is approximately 160 km from Cape Town. Please note that the Walker Bay office is located in Hermanus, and not at the reserve entrances. Please call ahead to clarify which entrance you must use to access your activity.
GPS: 34 26 19.24 S 19 20 43.24 E
Office hours: 07h30 - 16h00
Gate times: 07h00 - 19h00
Tel: +27 (0)28 314 0062
Accommodation and permit bookings Tel: 087 087 8250
Walker Bay Nature Reserve Filming
Walker Bay Nature Reserve encompasses five coastal reserves between Hermanus and Di Dam near Struisbaai. The largest of these is the picturesque Walker Bay which stretches from the Klein River estuary to De Kelders at gansbaai, covering over 17km of shoreline. The white sandy beaches interspersed with rocky limestone outcrops make it a beautiful coastal spot for filming.
World Ranger Day
World Ranger Day is celebrated worldwide on July 31st to commemorate Rangers killed or injured in the line of duty and to celebrate the work that rangers do to protect the planet’s natural treasures and cultural heritage. The day allows us to reflect on the courage and sacrifices rangers must make to ensure that the conservation of our biodiversity is preserved for future generations.