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Nature Reserves

Walker Bay Nature Reserve

Walker Bay Nature Reserve lies on the south-western Cape coast, just east of Hermanus.

Comprising of five coastal areas lying between Hermanus and Die Dam near Struisbaai, its largest area, known as Walker Bay, stretches from the Klein River estuary to De Kelders at Gansbaai.

This section is about 1 000ha in size and has a coastline of 17km featuring a long beach, known as Die Plaat.

Immediately north-west of the reserve lies the scenic Klein River lagoon which, at times, flows into the sea.

The northern parts of the reserve consist of stabilised dunefields.


Salmonsdam Nature Reserve

Salmonsdam Nature Reserve lies 20 km east of Stanford, at the foot of the Perdeberg mountains. 

Its mountainous landscape is renowned for its bird life, mountain fynbos and beautiful waterfalls, attracting bird-watchers, hikers and other nature enthusiasts.

According to local lore the area was named after Captain Robert Salmon of the ill-fated HMS Birkenhead, which sank at Danger Point in 1852 with a loss of 454 lives.

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