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 R7500* 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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Villa the Cherry
6.7 km

From R3700* 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 R1100* 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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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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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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Mosaic Lagoon Lodge
7.4 km

From R2000 pps

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On the water + By the sea + Magnificent mountain vews. A hidden gem on the Hermanus Lagoon in the famous Cape Whale Coast area, Mosaic Sanctuary is the place for beach and boating activities, quad-bik... More Info

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Sunset View at Whale Cove
7.4 km

From R1000* unit

Sunset View at Whale Cove is a seafront apartment that is located in De Kelders, Gansbaai. It is a comfortable self-catering apartment with spectacular sunsets and views across the bay to Hermanus and... More Info

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Stanford Reviews

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

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

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

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

Quaint little dorpie
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