Goukamma Nature Reserve

Crossing the Goukamma on the pont

Goukamma Nature Reserve and Marine Protected Area is a CapeNature reserve on the Southern Cape coastline near Knysna.

Getting there: The reserve is sign-posted on the N2 road between Knysna and Sedgefield at the Buffalo Bay turn-off: follow the Buffalo Bay road for approximately 8km and turn right (towards the river) into the reserve.
GPS Coordinates: -34.06869, 22.94822

A unique feature of the reserve is that most of the trails start and end with a trip across the Goukamma River by hand-drawn pont.

The grassed area on the banks of the river features picnic benches and braai-places. There is safe swimming in the warm water of the river.

The reserve is on the road to the popular seaside village of Buffalo Bay. There is a small, well-stocked supermarket as well as a restaurant.


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Vlei Lodge (Sleeps 5) 1-2 persons per night R 750 R 1 250 R 100
River Lodge (Sleeps 6) 1-4 persons per night R 900 R 1 500 R 100
Forest Lodge (Sleeps 4) 1-4 persons per night R 975 R 1 550 n/a


  • Blombos Route
  • Porcupine Trail
  • Bush-pig Trail
  • Galjoen Trail
  • Cape Clawless Otter Trail
  • Buffalo Bay Trail


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