The tracks of the Cape clawless otter, bushbuck, duiker, grysbok and steenbok are occasionally found but the majority of the mammals found in the reserve are shy.
Off-shore, southern right whales occur from about August to November, while Bryde’s and humpback whales, and various dolphin species occur throughout the year.
Marine fish include the sought-after galjoen, kabeljou and steenbras, which may be caught at Galjoenbank, Sopiesklip, Skeurbank and other fishing sites.
The reserve hosts numerous species of seabirds, including the striking African black oystercatcher. This species is threatened by coastal recreational activities as it breeds on beaches during the summer.
The Salmonsdam Nature Reserve hosts various antelope, including bontebok, klipspringer, grey duiker and grey rhebuck, as well as baboons and numerous small mammals.
More than 120 bird species have been recorded, notably various sunbirds and kingfishers, Cape rockjumper and black eagle