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Goukamma Nature Reserve

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Address: Buffalo Bay Road, Knysna 6570, South Africa
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+27 44 382 5510

Goukamma is situated between Buffalo Bay and Sedgefield, and offers...

Goukamma is situated between Buffalo Bay and Sedgefield, and offers wonderful beaches, epic sand dunes, flowing river mouths and unspoiled coastal forests.

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Nature's Choice

We decided on a short breakaway in a nature reserve. After visiting Cape Nature's website we decided on Goukamma as it offered a chill out and to be close to nature, and not days... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 28 April 2016
Stellenbosch, South Africa
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Stellenbosch, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2016

We decided on a short breakaway in a nature reserve. After visiting Cape Nature's website we decided on Goukamma as it offered a chill out and to be close to nature, and not days traveling to get to the destination. In fact it is very close to the scenic N2 that runs from Cape Town to Knysna. What does it... More 

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2016

A rather spread out nature reserve with three trailheads. Less developed than other reserves (in the whole visit we did not find anyone to pay the entry fee). Walking maps are in the pale metal boxes that are on wooden poles near the estuary entrance. No facilities and sun exposed so come equipped. Cafe nearby at Buffalo Bay.

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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2016 via mobile

Lovely 5 mile walk over sand dunes and through forest. Fantastic views of the bay and river valley. Quite tough walking in the tunes but worth it. Also enjoyable rope ferry across the river.

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Mississauga, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2015

A very nice beach to stop at if you are in the area. The sea is a bit rough, but the water is pleasant. Nice beach walk without any houses etc in the background. A stop worth making.

1 Thank staceyw89
Pretoria, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2015

If you like walking on the beach or dunes this is the best. You can do either or both and depending on the weather will see everything from whales out at sea to misty ozone oozing indigenous forests.

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Mossel Bay, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2015

Most people drive past Goukamma on the way to Buffelsbaai...little do they know that Goukamma offers a serene riverside experience with some great hiking trails and very decent accommodation options. We stayed at the Otters Rest Camp lodge - it's recently renovated with a panoramic deck and an efficient fireplace for cold nights. Everything was very clean and in working... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2015

A lovely beach and fabulous backdrop. The area is so isolated and yet easily accessible from Knysna. We just loved the strolls and idyllic surroundings. Thoroughly recommended.

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Cape Town
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2015

We booked 4 nights in for 2 families in Buffalo valley. Both bookings were for the cottages on the river, however, a week before we were due to arrive, one family were switched to the Vlei cottage because the solar panels had been stolen from the river cottage (more on safety later) The settings for the cottages are great but... More 

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Sevenoaks District, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2015 via mobile

We had a very pleasant stay. There is a beautiful stretch of beach a short walk away that almost completely empty. There are a few scenic walking trails of varying length as well as kayaking, birdwatching and other activities. Knysna is also just a short drive away.

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Gillingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2015

We didn't visit the whole reserve but the beaches, accessed from the Buffels Bay road, are stunning. Park on the road by the vlei before the road turns left and walk to the west. An enormous, empty sandy beach stretches before you towards Wilderness backed by dunes. Wonderful for walking, lazing and just sitting and admiring the views. Birds include... More 

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