Goukamma Nature Reserve

Goukamma Nature Reserve



To many in the Knysna area, the words unspoilt beauty and bountiful nature describe one place. The Goukamma Nature Reserve and Marine Protected Area. The Nature Reserve, stretches between Buffels Baai and Groenvlei Lake near Sedgefield, covering an area in extent of 2500 hectares with the Marine Reserve extending a further nautical mile out to sea.

The reserve can be accessed from both sides, although the main offices and main entrance are just outside Buffalo Bay on the South African Garden Route. The reserve consists of dense coastal forest, consisting of amongst others, milkwood, yellowwood and candlewood trees. Some of the inhabitants which find protection here include the vervet monkey, bushbuck and bushpig, as well as porcupine, mongoose, honey badger and grysbok. Keen birders enjoy the area because the Goukamma River and estuary and the Groenvlei Lake provide a welcoming habitat for more than 220 bird species, including the rare African black oystercatcher. The rugged coastline is wild and features sizable oyster and mussel beds. Visitors to the reserve also enjoy the sight of the southern right whales between June and November each year. Bottle-nosed and humpback dolphins can be spotted offshore throughout the year.

Set between the Goukamma River, which gets its name from the Khoisan word for Dark Waters, and the Groenvlei Lake you will find a coastal strip which comprises of a band of vegetated fossil dunes that have turned to stone over thousands of years, these include some of the highest vegetated dunes in the country. One of the reserves greatest attractions is based on something it lacks, no access for public transport in the main body of the Goukamma Nature Reserve. This means that the area can only be explored on foot, giving visitors the opportunity to experience unspoilt nature.

The park is filled with an array of trails, from lake trails to beach trails, and along the dunes, wherever you are you are sure to experience the beautiful surroundings which are Goukamma Nature Reserve. If you enter the reserve at Buffalo Bay Road and turn right at the gate, driving along the winding dirt road past the picnic site next to the Goukamma River and double back up a steep incline to reach the car park, you will find the secluded hillside offices where you will be able to purchase various permits for fishing and walking and maps to orientate yourself to the many hiking trails. At the picnic sites on the riverside you are also able to hire canoes which you can paddle up the river or use to explore the area towards the river mouth.

Although Goukamma is a year-round destination, some feel that the best time to visit is during September and October when the first spring rains create splashes of bright spring flowers amid the fynbos.

Nearby Listings

Sleeps: 6

Forget-Me-Not Sedgefield

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Sedgefield

7.4km West of center of Goukamma Nature Reserve

Forget-Me-Not a Romantic Canadian Log Home, Double Storey, Thatched. The whole house is booked as a Self Catering unit.

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Sleeps: 12 in 3 units/rooms

Kiewietjie Cottage

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Sedgefield

8.5km West of center of Goukamma Nature Reserve

Kiewietjie cottage is located in the beautiful village of Sedgefield and offers guests three comfortable furnished self-catering units. The 2 bedroom units have a view on the lagoon and mountains. Within walking distance of the lagoon, beach and restaura

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Sleeps: 6
From R 1 000,00
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Elfransa Beach Cottage

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Sedgefield

8.5km West of center of Goukamma Nature Reserve

Elfransa Beach Cottage is situated on the front row of Myoli Beach in Sedgefield, 150m from the main swimming area and whale-watching platform.

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Sleeps: 10 in 2 units/rooms

The Kingfisher Corner

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Sedgefield

8.6km West of center of Goukamma Nature Reserve

There are 2 cottages available. The Kingfisher Corner is comfortably furnished and has a good view towards the mountains and the estuary. The Other Corner is more beach cottage, and has everything you would need, including an outstanding view over the lag

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Sleeps: 2

Crane Walk Corner

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Sedgefield

9.0km West of center of Goukamma Nature Reserve

This is a private and luxurious, upstairs Self-catering Apartment that overlooks the Swartvlei Lagoon and sleeps 2 people. This accommodation is ideally suited for overseas visitors with longer stays in mind.

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Sleeps: 10
From R 1 400,00
Per unit, per night.

Knot 4 Sail

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Knysna

9.4km East of center of Goukamma Nature Reserve

Knot 4 Sail sef catering cottage in Buffelsbaai is ideally positioned to enjoy the waves crashing on the rocks while heavenly sunsets are enjoyed from the deck.

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Sleeps: 20 in 3 units/rooms
From R 850,00
Per unit, per night.

Oribaai (Oppibaai & Bydibaai)

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Knysna

9.5km East of center of Goukamma Nature Reserve

The Beach Cottage has 3 units available - Oribaai / Oppibaai & Bydibaai in Buffelsbaai that is located in the heart of the Garden Route, 15km from Knysna and Sedgefield. This isolated tranquil village only 200 houses allowed, has supreme safe beaches for

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Sleeps: 8
From R 1 350,00
Per unit, per night.

40 Montage Village

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Sedgefield

10.0km West of center of Goukamma Nature Reserve

This is the perfect holiday house (8 sleeper) to spend a relaxed carefree holiday in Sedgefield.The house has a spacious open plan living area, 4 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms and a well equipped kitchen. A large covered patio onto a garden allows you

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Knysna Chalets

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Knysna

10.6km North East of center of Goukamma Nature Reserve

Knysna Chalets is found close to the village of Knysna, which is a great place for shopping and dining with a brewery, top-class restaurants and lots of waterfront attractions.

Sleeps: 11

Chateau Anri la Mer

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Sedgefield

10.7km West of center of Goukamma Nature Reserve

Chateau Anri LaMer is a self catering home situated on the banks of the Swartvlei lagoon at the lovely town of Sedgefield in the heart of the garden route. Sedgefield has three lovely beaches and also offers safe swimming in the lagoon mouth...

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