Accommodation near Walker Bay Nature Reserve

Walker Bay Nature Reserve is a beautiful protected area on the South Western Cape coastline. It is situated to the east of the popular whale-watching town of Hermanus and consists of 5 coastal areas, 4 of which are stabilised dunes. The final section is where the fun is to be had.

The area in the reserve most often visited is a 1000 hectare stretch of coastline between the Klein River estuary and De Kelders, outside Gaansbaai. This section of the coast covers 17 kilometres, most of which is beach. This impressive and stunning beach is known as Die Plaat.

The area, which experiences a Mediterranean climate with mild, wet winters and hot, dry summers (often accompanied by wind) supports an endemic coastal vegetation group known as strandveld vegetation.  This vegetation is characterised by low coastal fynbos which individually is not necessarily beautiful, but on the whole contributes greatly to the scenic landscape of this part of South Africa's coastline.

Although it is generally acknowledged that the inhabitants of the Walker Bay Nature Reserve are very shy, that's not to say they aren't there. It is in fact home to species such as the Cape clawless otter, duiker, bushbuck, grysbok and steenbok. The ocean offers opportunities to spot dolphins, and between the months of August and November, southern right whales too.

The sea in this area is also full of fish like kabeljou and galjoen, which are part of the reason angling is so popular here. Hiking and picnicking are also popular endeavours. However if you do plan on visiting the reserve for any of these activities, make sure you pick up a permit (for fishing) and pass the Cape Nature office to pay your entrance fee.

Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling distance.
Villa di Baia
5.4 km

From R6000* unit

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Situated atop a hill overlooking Walker Bay and onto Hangklip and Cape Point in the far distance, this magnificent Mediterranean villa offers luxury self-catering accommodation for families or couples... More Info

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Reiersvlei Farm Lodge
6.5 km

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Reiersvlei means - Herons' pan, and is a 'birders paradise' in the Cape Overberg.This charming traditionally built Cape country house in the Walker Bay Conservancy is situated in 450 acres of the uniq... More Info

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Villa the Cherry
6.7 km

From R2850* unit

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Villa the Cherry is a unique piece of modern architecture, situated on the cliff overlooking Walker Bay. You won't find a better spot for land based whale watching. The luxury villa perfectly suits 2 ... More Info

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The Oystercatcher
6.7 km

From R850* unit

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This self catering beach house is perched on the magnificent cliffs of De Kelders in the shark diving and whale watching hub of Gansbaai. De Kelders is renowned for some of the best land based whale w... More Info

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Cliff Lodge
6.8 km

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Set on the cliffs, right above the sea with breathtaking views across Walker Bay, Cliff Lodge is 25 minutes from Hermanus in the tranquil village of De Kelders. This magnificent, unspoilt coastline, w... More Info

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Marebella Seafront Guesthouse
7 km

From R525 pps


Experience the relaxed atmosphere at newly opened Marebella where Mediterranean living meets South African hospitality. Stay in spacious and beautifully decorated guest rooms on the seafront overlook... More Info

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Sea Star Cliff
7.1 km

From R750 pps

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De Kelders is a peaceful village known to be the best whale watching site and shark-cage diving in South Africa. Whale Sanctuary Lodge is located right on the cliffs and there are many little pathways... More Info

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65onCliff
7.2 km

From R1000 pps


This newly built luxury guesthouse offers uninterrupted sea views across Walker Bay to the Kleinrivier Mountains, and is one of the finest whale watching locations in the world. It's an ideal location... More Info

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Whalesong Lodge
7.3 km

From R850 pps

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The Whalesong Lodge a small intimate guest house situated on top of the rugged coastal cliffs of De Kelders, overlooking the picturesque Walker Bay. The 5 spacious Rooms are thoughtful yet stylishly d... More Info

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The Lookout at Whale Cove
7.4 km

From R1750* unit


Imagine a place where the Atlantic Ocean is your front garden. Where whales play outside your window. Where the sea and stars meet at night. This is The Lookout at Whale Cove, a beautifully-appoint... More Info

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Stanford
Quaint sleepy village where you go back in time.
- Donald Maclean

Stanford
Stanford is a quaint little town, with very friendly people. It is nicely located close to Hermanus and Gansbaai - we thoroughly enjoyed visiting this part of the Cape.
- Vanessa Cowan

Stanford
Beautiful, quaint village. Nice walks around the area. Thoroughly enjoyed our visit!
- Dee Krause

Stanford
Country side at its best. Charming little village with wonderful walks.
- Lesley Chiddy

Stanford
Quaint little dorpie
- Marwaan Van Oudtshoorn