The main reason that the Gansbaai Area has become a premier nature destination and one of the reasons was awarded the Responsible Destination, is the fact that conservation of both the marine- and land-based nature has been embraced by all layers of society. Conservation in this area is not restricted to the several public nature reserves. Many private landowners have embarked on extensive alien-vegetation clearing operations as well as the restoration of indigenous vegetation and reforestation. By means of these programs, several red data species have been saved from immediate extinction. Thousands of hectares of private land have been brought into conservancies, the oldest and the largest whereof is the Walker Bay Conservancy from Stanford in the North to Grootbos and Flower Valley in the South.

Dyer Island

Dyer Island is a 20ha Nature Reserve, situated 8.5 Km from Kleinbaai harbour in Gansbaai, Western Cape, South Africa. It is the easternmost, of the chain of seabird islands of the Western Cape. The island is recognised as an Important Bird Area (IBA), which gives […]

Flower Valley Conservation Trust

  • Flower Valley Farm, Gansbaai, 7220
  • 028 388 0713,
  •, – 34° 33′ 3.3834 S 19° 28′ 11.9274 E

The Cape Floral Kingdom faces many threats. Invasive alien vegetation, poor land management, over-harvesting – these are some of the threats to our fynbos heritage. So Flower […]

Grootbos Nature Reserve

  • Adress: R43 between Gansbaai & Stanford, Gansbaai
  • Tel +27 28 384 8000
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Nestling in the fynbos clad hills above Walker Bay with breathtaking views of dunes, sea and the distant Cape of Good Hope. Experience some of the world’s richest flora, the mystical Milkwood […]


Salmonsdam Nature Reserve ( 834 ha )lies 20 km east of Stanford, at the foot of the Perdeberg mountains. Salmonsdam’s mountainous landscape is renown for its bird life, mountain fynbos and beautiful waterfalls, and attracts bird-watchers, hikers and other nature enthusiasts. According to local tradition […]

Walkerbay Nature Reserve

lies on the south-western Cape coast, bordering the village of De Kelders near Gansbaai. It stretches all the way to the Klein River estuary near Hermanus, covering about 1 000 ha with a spectacular 17km coastline. The reserve has a beautiful long beach, known as […]